Enriching the social wellbeing of Calgary through artistic practice or arts programming.

Each spring, our mayor, and Calgary Arts Development host a lunch to celebrate support for the arts in Calgary. Cultural, government and corporate leaders gather to witness the annual Cultural Leaders Legacy Awards.

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 is a cash award with the funds intended to allow an artist or organization the ability to continue their work and expand their impact. All submissions will be judged by a jury of artistic peers and community members based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic Impact
  • Impact on the Community
  • Impact on the Artist
  • Special Considerations



Sandstone City Builder Award Winner 2020

Past winners include:

  • 2019 - JP Thibodeau
  • 2018 - Inside Out Theatre
  • 2017 - The New Gallery
  • 2016 - Quickdraw Animation Society
  • 2015 - Studio C
  • 2014 - Antyx Community Arts Society
  • 2013 - Onalea Gilbertson