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Month of the Artist September 2020 with paintbrush painting on canvas

September is Month of the Artist in Alberta. Alberta is the first and remains the only province in Canada to dedicate a month to artists. It is an annual celebration of artists, and the value they bring to the province, both socially and economically.

This September, let us all recognize and support local artists during Month of the Artist in Alberta, many of whom have lost audiences and income because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Art is work. Artists’ work enriches our lives, promotes creativity and innovation, and contributes to a more diversified economy. When the arts thrive, Alberta is a better place to live, invest and do business.

This year, the Month of the Artist was moved to September to align with Alberta Culture Days – an opportunity to discover, experience and celebrate arts and culture through local events and activities, in person and online across the province. Both the Month of the Artist and Alberta Culture Days are celebrated throughout September.

Month of the Artist activities

Albertans are encouraged to take part in as many events as possible and support Alberta artists during Alberta's Month of the Artist!

Download a day-by-day event calendar (PDF, 478 KB) to find out what arts events are happening around Alberta this month. This guide is provided for information only. For more information about an event, contact the venue.

If you are aware of an Arts and Culture event occurring in Alberta in September 2020, and would like to see it added to Alberta’s next Month of the Artist Calendar, please contact [email protected]. The national Culture Days calendar will also include events being held in your community in 2020.

To learn more:

  • read the statement by the Honourable Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture and Status of Women to open Month of the Artist
  • download a PDF copy of the Royal Proclamation (PDF, 59 KB) (O.C. 266/2019)

Alberta’s artists

Alberta’s artists are storytellers, innovators, entrepreneurs, community builders, teachers, and mentors. Art enriches the lives of Albertans, promotes creativity and innovation, and contributes to a more diversified economy.

According to the 2018 Survey of Albertans on culture:

  • about 85% of Albertans feel that arts activities make an important contribution to their quality of life
  • about 87% agree that arts and culture activities make their community a better place to live

But there would be no art without artists. The Month of the Artist is one way the Government of Alberta is helping to raise awareness about Alberta’s artists, celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to the province, and say thank you for making Alberta a better place to live.

Quick facts

  • In 2017, the visual and applied arts, and live performance industries contributed approximately $1.3 billion in GDP and sustained nearly 20,000 jobs in Alberta (source: Statistics Canada, Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2017).
  • According to analysis by Hill Strategies of the 2016 census, there are 13,300 artists living in Alberta (8% of all artists in the country).
  • In 2017, Alberta spent $4,680 per household on recreation goods and services, which was $694 higher than the national average of $3,986 (source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Household Spending, 2017).


Connect with the Alberta Culture 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 (general)
Phone: 780-289-3781 (program staff)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-422-9132
Email: [email protected]

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

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