Alberta’s Artist in Residence/Arts Ambassador

Learn about program and how to host the Artist in Residence.

Services and information

Alberta-based artists can apply to become the Government of Alberta's next resident artist to promote art and artists across the province.

The next Alberta Artist in Residence/Arts Ambassador will be announced in September 2020 during Alberta’s Month of the Artist.

About the program

Art enriches the lives of Albertans, promotes creativity and innovation, and contributes to a more diversified economy. This program seeks to inspire innovation in the arts and to promote a wider understanding and appreciation of the arts and artists in Alberta.

Through this program, an Albertan artist will receive a grant to serve a one-year term as Alberta’s Artist in Residence / Arts Ambassador, and they will create an art project that promotes the value of the arts in Alberta. During the term, the artist will engage with different communities, share their perspectives and an “inside look” of their artistic process, and attend important cultural events as Alberta’s arts ambassador.

Albertans can follow the artist’s activities on the Alberta Artist in Residence/Arts Ambassador Instagram page at @ab_artistinresidence.

The Alberta Artist in Residence/Arts Ambassador program is unique in Canada. The Government of Alberta is the first, and continues to be the only, provincial jurisdiction to offer an artist in residence program.

Previous Artist in Residence

Alberta’s first Artist in Residence was Lauren Crazybull, a Blackfoot Dene visual artist. During her term, Lauren engaged with communities across Alberta—from Medicine Hat to Fort McKay—and completed an art project, “TSIMA KOHTOTSITAPIIHPA Where are you from?” that premiered at Latitude 53 gallery in Edmonton on January 24, 2020.

We thank Lauren Crazybull for successfully completing her term as Alberta’s first Artist in Residence.

Apply to host the Artist in Residence

Communities applying to host the Artist in Residence may be required to cover associated travel and accommodations. The Artist in Residence will be traveling across the province throughout the year. If the Artist must travel more than 50 km to attend your invitation, the host organization will be required to cover associated costs, which may include travel, accommodations, and per diems. If the nature of the invitation requires the purchase of materials, these costs will be covered by the host organization.

Please submit your request at least 2 weeks in advance of the planned event/meeting. Staff from Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women will review your application and liaise with the Artist in Residence.

Applications for community visits will be accepted after the next Alberta Artist in Residence/Arts Ambassador has been announced. An online form will be published on this page to apply for a community visit.

COVID-19 precautions

Application review will include ensuring that community organizations incorporate any required public health protocols, including physical distancing requirements and mask usage, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Please connect with the Artist in Residence through 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

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