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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.

Join us this September during the third annual Month of the Artist in Alberta to recognize and support local artists, many of whom have lost work 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.

In 2020, 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.

Month of the Artist activities

Albertans are encouraged to take part in as many events as possible – whether in person or digitally, or both – and support Alberta artists during Alberta's Month of the Artist.

Discover local artist events in your community, or those that are accessible online, by downloading our Month of the Artist resources:

To learn more

Download a 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 2020 Survey of Albertans on culture:

  • about 83% 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, along with the appointment of the next Artist is Residence as an arts ambassador, is part of our commitment to recognize artists’ contributions to the province.

Quick facts

  • In 2019, 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, 2019).
  • 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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