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.
The recipients of the Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards were announced at the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions on March 13, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.