CALGARY, ALBERTA — For the fourth consecutive year, Strategic Group, the Calgary real estate development firm, will be the lead sponsor of the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions. The annual event, honours Calgarians who are making outstanding contributions to their community through art, rewarding them with a Cultural Leader Legacy Artist Award.
Seven Cultural Leader Legacy Artist Awards are presented during the lunch gala, which celebrates a range of artists, from up and coming artists to those artists who are paying particular attention to Calgary’s unique cultural mosaic through their artwork.
The Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions is a collaborative effort between Mayor Naheed Nenshi and the Calgary Arts Development, the city’s art development authority. The first luncheon was held in 2013 and has been a sellout event ever since.
Riaz Mamdani, the CEO of Strategic Group, is well known throughout the city for his dedication to preserving and enhancing the arts in southern Alberta. It is therefore no surprise that Strategic Group is the event’s title sponsor with a commitment to promote Calgary’s diverse and robust arts scene.
A celebration of art and diversity is especially timely this year, as Calgary and other Alberta cities face increasing economic pressures. The 2016 luncheon is an opportunity for community members to focus on the city’s core values of honouring those who strive to make the city better through art. The midday gathering also serves as a challenge to the city’s prominent figures to continue to invest in the thriving arts community.
“Regardless of the state of the economy in Alberta and Canada, we cannot forget our core values,” Riaz Mamdani explains. “Our collaborative values of education, culture and entrepreneurism have made Calgary a world-class city. These are the values that we as a community need to continue to support.”
Strategic Group is pleased to be involved with an event of the caliber and magnitude as the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts Champions as it continues to speak to the cultural diversity of our amazing city.
The 2016 Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions will take place Wednesday, March 16th inside the Palomino Ballroom at Stampede Park.