2019 Artist in Residence

The 2019 Alberta Artist in Residence is Lauren Crazybull. Learn more about Lauren on the Artist in Residence website. Applications for the 2020 program will accepted in the spring. The next artist in residence will be announced as part of Month of the Artist celebrations in September 2020. Learn more about Month of the Artist.


This program seeks to inspire innovation in the arts and encourage dialogue by supporting visionary artists and cultural leaders to create work and lead conversations on the role of artists and the arts in society.

Artists are encouraged to apply for this grant to become Alberta’s Artist in Residence for a one-year term. Through this grant, the Artist in Residence will:

  • develop and showcase an art project that addresses a key issue(s) in their community
  • work with Alberta communities to promote the importance of artists and the arts
  • communicate and share their perspective on the artistic process with the public and government
  • act as an advocate for understanding the realities of artists and the communities in which they work

Applications from artists from the following communities are encouraged:

  • Indigenous artists
  • Culturally Diverse* artists
  • Deaf artists and artists with disabilities
  • Francophone artists
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ artists
  • New generation artists, emerging artists, and youth

*Culturally diverse communities are defined as racialized groups that correspond to “visible minorities” under the federal Employment Equity Act. These are individuals of African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern or mixed ancestral heritage that includes at least one of these groups.


The Artist in Residence is selected annually through a competitive project grant application process. Assessment of grant applications will also incorporate the suitability of the candidate to act as a representative of the Government of Alberta for a one-year term.

This annual opportunity is open to all artists who are residents of Alberta that practice any artistic discipline(s) including, but may not be limited to:

  • dance
  • film and video
  • Indigenous arts
  • literary arts
  • music
  • theatre
  • visual arts and new media


Applications are assessed by an appropriate panel of staff from Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women with expertise in the arts sector in Alberta.

A short-list of recommended applicants may be asked to make a short presentation on their respective projects.

The successful grant recipient is selected by the minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, whose decision is final. The selection of artists from year to year will be deliberate to reflect the cultural richness of diverse communities across the province. Funding is not assured for any project.

Community outreach

The artist’s proposed project should include engagement and learning opportunities during their term to support the objectives of their project.

The artist should clearly describe the purpose and intended outcomes of each activity, and how this work would be documented. It is recommended that proposed opportunities take place in more than one location in Alberta.

In addition to any self-directed travel proposed, the Artist in Residence is expected to be accessible to community groups that may wish to invite the artist to attend a local event or to meet with stakeholders. Communities interested in inviting the Artist in Residence to visit their community can do so from the Artist in Residence page.

Government interaction

The Artist in Residence is also a ceremonial position with the artist expected to attend and bring greetings, as appropriate, as an honoured guest and an advocate for artists and the communities in which they work. For example, the 2019 Artist in Residence was expected to attend:

The selected artist will also have an opportunity to meet with the minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, as well as other government officials to provide their perspective on how government can better serve and support artists in Alberta.

How to apply

Please note that updated application information and guidelines will be published in spring 2020. Watch this page for updates as they become available.

After you apply

Once an application and supporting documents are received by Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, the following process is implemented:

  • an assessment will be conducted to ensure the application letter and other documents contain the required information
  • an assessment will confirm applicant eligibility and suitability with the program

Applicants will receive written correspondence or an email notification of any decisions regarding their application.


Connect with the Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, Arts Branch:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-6315
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-422-9132
Email: artsbranch@gov.ab.ca

Mailing address:
Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, Arts Branch
10708 105 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5H 0A1