Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award

The Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) New Canadian Artist Award was established to recognize that artists from all parts of the world enrich Calgary’s arts sector. This award recognizes and supports an individual artist whose cultural background and relatively recent arrival to Canada present 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 is a $5,000 cash award, with funds intended to allow an artist concentrated time or access to resources or materials for their artistic work. The award will be presented to the recipient as part of the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions event in 2021 or at an alternate awards presentation event. The winner of this award will also receive a paid residency at Calgary’s new central public library from June to August 2021.

This award was established by Calgary Catholic Immigration Society and Calgary 2012 and is a legacy project of Calgary’s year as a Cultural Capital of Canada.

About Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) is a non-profit, non-denominational agency committed to making immigration a positive experience for refugees, immigrants, and the community. CCIS offers over 70 programs in 14 locations throughout Calgary and surrounding areas.

Supporting all aspects of settlement and integration, CCIS programs and services are broken down in the areas of employment, community and development, resettlement and integration, health and wellness, and families and children. Our roster of over 250 staff speaks 62 languages collectively, making us the largest immigrant-serving agency in the Prairies and one of the top five in Canada. In 2021, CCIS will be celebrating 40 years of service to our community.

We recognize that there is a gap present between newcomers and the arts community in Calgary. We are hoping to bridge this gap by supporting meaningful connections and partnerships that allow newcomers to feel welcome to engage and comfortable to participate in our vibrant local arts scene.

Award Rules and Criteria


Guidelines PDF
Nomination Form

Nomination Form

Thank you for your interest.  Nominations are now closed.

For more information about the CCIS New Canadian Artist Award, please email

Previous Recipients: Emma Bresola (2013), Roberto Rozo (2014), Hamraz Salehi (2015), Tayebe Joodaki (2016), Stephane Nouz (2017), Lanre Ajayi (2018), Samuel Obadero (2019), Aya Mhana (2020), Perpetual Atife (2021)

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