I can't make it this year, but I just remembered that I wrote a blog post about last year's lunch... and then got busy and forgot to post it.
So here it is - a retrospective on last year's event. I am quite sure that what's happening at this year's lunch is equally inspiring for all the attendees. Hopefully I will make it there next time!
Now, back to work...
Last Year's Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions 2014
This celebration of the arts in Calgary happened for the first time in February 2013 (I went with the find it team - some amazing volunteers from Inglewood & Ramsay who are currently hard at work getting ready for the 2014 Inglewood Night Markets). Here's my post about last year's Lunch.
The Mayor's Lunch happens at the BMO Centre on the Calgary Stampede grounds. Before the lunch began, everyone mingled around in the lobby enjoying performances by a bunch of youthful Calgary artists.
For me, the best part was meeting people at the table.
There were folks from the Calgary Foundation, the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, and Alexi, Daniel and Michelle from Studio C. I heard about this organization last year because they had a project on InvestYYC!
Thanks to CADA, all the people at my table received a copy of my comic book!
One of today's featured Immigrants of Distinction Award finalists was Edward Perez Beltran. He was nominated for the Arts and Culture award.
Edward grew up in Valle De Santiago, located in Central Mexico.
As a child, Edward’s love of sculpture began after seeing his eldest brother playing with modeling clay, which he naturally began playing with as well. With community support, Edward gravitated towards sculpture as not just a hobby, but as a potential career. Upon finishing high school Edward travelled to Salamanca Guanajuato to study the traditional method for sculpting in wax. He was soon making a living as a wax sculptor.
In December 2011, Edward arrived in Calgary where his wife and sculpting partner, Danira Miralda, was waiting for him. At present Edward is working on a body of work that he intends to exhibit here in Calgary. It consists of nine sculptures of which five have already been completed. The work is called Dinamica Perfecta.