Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards

Date: Mar 13, 2019

Seven Legacy Artist Award winners honoured at Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions in Calgary

Congrulations to the recipents of this year's Culture Leaders Legacy Artist Awards, which were handed out at Calgary's annual Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions!

Each Legacy Award winner receives a $5,000 cash prize. Recipients are selected by a jury of peers.

This year’s winners are:

Vivek Shraya – ATB Financial Healing Through the Arts Award
Visionary multidisciplinary artist Vivek Shraya creates films, books and songs that explore and interrogate the complex effects of racism, homophobia and transphobia on mental and physical health. 

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.

Samuel Obadero – Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award
Samuel Obadero is a skilled lifestyle photographer and a strong new voice for social advocacy in Calgary. His current project, The Forgotten Ones, gives voice to marginalized groups in Calgary through powerful imagery. 

The Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Arts 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, and it intends to help these artists pursue their artistic work and connect with the institutions and support networks that are available to all Calgary artists.

Peter Schryvers – Mamdani Arts Leadership Award
Peter Schryvers is the driving force behind the Beltline Urban Murals Project. His work facilitating a dozen stunning murals in the Beltline has inspired and activated the neighbourhood. 

The Mamdani Arts Leadership 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.

Meghann Michalsky – RBC Emerging Artist Award
Meghann Michalsky’s emerging artist record demonstrates her prolific artistic output, her impressive motivation to growth and change, and her determined and productive investment in the Calgary community.

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.

Bethany Yon – Rozsa Foundation Emerging Arts Administrator Award
Bethany Yon has led the transformation of Cowtown Opera from a startup to a professional arts organization in under two years with her passion and talent. 

The Rozsa Foundation Emerging Arts Administrator 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.

JP Thibodeau – SANDSTONE City Builder Award
JP Thibodeau has a passion for creating theatre magic. He is being recognized for his commitment to bringing the Calgary artistic community together to make vibrant and accessible theatre for young audiences. 

The SANDSTONE City Builder 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.

George Webber – Doug & Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award
George Webber’s breathtaking photography captures the soul of the prairies. From the haunting rooms of rundown hotels to disintegrating small town storefronts, Webber’s images have been collected around the globe. 

The Doug & Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist 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.

The Mayor's Lunch for the Arts Champions was established in 1993 to bring Calgary’s business and art sectors together in recognition of the important relationships that foster artistic achievement in Calgary. This year's event brought together 650 Calgarians from all sectors who gathered in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre on Stampede Park to recognize and celebrate the many ways they champion the arts in our city. The Mayor's Lunch for the Arts Champions is organized by Calgary Arts Development and the Office of the Mayor. 

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