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Alberta’s Artist in Residence/Arts Ambassador Program

The government selects an Alberta-based artist each year to promote the value of the arts and artists in the province.

Services and information

Award-winning singer/songwriter Joal Kamps began his term as the government’s selected artist in October 2020.

Community organizations and arts stakeholders are encouraged to invite the artist for a meeting or to attend a local event.

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

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 receives 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.

During their term as Alberta’s arts ambassador, the artist will:

  • engage with different communities
  • share their perspectives
  • offer an ‘inside look’ at their artistic process
  • attend important cultural events


Connect with the Artist in Residence/Arts Ambassador through our 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: [email protected]

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