Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards A legacy of Calgary’s year as a Cultural Capital of Canada, each Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Award is funded by a contribution from a local philanthropist or organization with matching money from Calgary 2012. These awards are $5,000 cash prizes that support artists, arts organizations, arts administrators, and volunteers. 2020 Legacy Artist Award Winners Announced Online The Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions, organized by Calgary Arts Development and the Office of the Mayor, is normally where the winners of each year’s Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards are announced. Even though this year’s Mayor’s Lunch has been postponed indefinitely, the Legacy Artist Award recipients are being announced and celebrated on April 1, 2020, the original date for the 2020 Mayor’s Lunch. “Just because we couldn’t gather in person to honour these extraordinary Calgary artists doesn’t mean we have to wait until later in the year to distribute their awards,” says Calgary Arts Development President & CEO Patti Pon. “A healthy and vibrant arts community is the lifeblood of any city and artists and arts organizations were some of the first to feel the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. A public event will be planned once we are able to gather again, but we didn’t want to wait to distribute these awards and celebrate the recipients.” Recipients of the 2020 Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards were announced through a video featuring interviews with award-winners and sponsors posted on the Calgary Arts Development website. Each Legacy Award winner receives a $5,000 cash prize, which is funded by a contribution from a local philanthropist or organization with equal matching money from a legacy fund of Calgary 2012. Recipients are selected by a jury of peers. This year, 47 outstanding artists and organizations were nominated, representing just some of the artistry that vitalizes our city every day. We thank all the nominees and congratulate this year’s recipients. ATB Financial Healing Through the Arts Award The ATB Financial Healing Through the Arts Award was established to recognize artists whose artistic practices encompass health and wellness to improve the wellbeing of individuals, groups or communities. The award is intended to promote the healing nature of the arts and its critical role as a means of expression for those facing physical or mental health issues. Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award This award was established to recognize that artists from all parts of the world enrich Calgary’s arts sector. It recognizes and supports an individual artist whose cultural background and relatively recent arrival to Canada presents communication barriers, difficulties in transferring relevant credentials, and isolation from Calgary’s arts community. The award intends to help these artists pursue their artistic work and connect with the institutions and support networks that are available to all Calgary artists. Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award This award was established to honour artists who are lauded for their work in national and international arenas and choose to make Calgary their home. Regardless of career length, these artists are acknowledged by their peers around the world for the calibre of their work and their contributions to the arts. They are innovators who have significantly enriched artistic discourse in Canada. This award is an opportunity for Calgarians to celebrate our own. Mamdani Arts Leadership Award This award was established to recognize and reward the integral role of board members who lend their expertise, talent, and time to support the work of arts organizations and festivals that make Calgary a vibrant and creative city. This award honours an arts volunteer board member who goes above and beyond to support the logistics, programming, operations, and/or culture of the organization(s) they choose to support. RBC Emerging Artist Award The Emerging Artist Award was established to recognize up-and-coming, Calgary-based artists. The award recognizes that a thriving cultural community includes artists who choose to live and build their careers in Calgary from the onset. The intent of the award is to bring recognition and awareness to outstanding artists in the early phases of their careers. Rozsa Foundation Emerging Arts Administrator Award This award was established to recognize and encourage the role of professional arts managers and administrators who are dedicating their careers to promoting and supporting the work of Calgary’s artists and not-for-profit arts organizations. In an economic climate where budgets and resources are limited, the work of these professionals needs to be as creative as the artists and organizations they serve. SANDSTONE City Builder Award This award was established to recognize artists and/or organizations that make Calgary a better place to live through the arts. This award recognizes and supports those individuals and groups who are committed to enriching Calgary through an artistic practice or arts program(s) driven by a social impact outcome. Past Award Categories Colin Jackson and Arlene Strom Creative Placemaking Award This award was established to recognize and encourage the role of the arts in shaping Calgary’s social, physical and economic character. Often referred to as creative placemaking, this award honours an individual artist or group/collective of artists energizing how we interact with our neighbours and neighbourhoods through the arts. Enbridge Emerging Artist Award This award was established to recognize up-and-coming, Calgary-based artists. The award recognizes that a thriving Calgary arts community includes artists who choose to live and build their careers in Calgary from the onset. MacLachlan Community Beacon Award This award was established to recognize artists who connect people from a diverse array of disciplines, practices and generations, for the purposes of developing engagement and artistic opportunities in the community at large. This award recognizes an individual who serves as a beacon to both their artistic peers and to the broader public, and in turn enriches the arts and the city.