Alberta has become the first province in Canada to dedicate a month to artists. January is Month of the Artist in Alberta, an annual celebration of artists, and the value they bring to the province, both socially and economically.

“This announcement demonstrates that the provincial government is taking the lead as a role model in support of a battle that artists have been fighting for decades. I believe artists need to be acknowledged, better understood, and appreciated for more than entertainment purposes or commodity-based values, and looked at for the hard work they do within the social, economic, and cultural aspects of our society as a whole. Today’s announcement offers tools for the artist to be well-equipped and compensated for their strengths and unique gifts within their practice while working in community.”

– Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal, multi-media artist and community activist

To learn more:

Month of the Artist activities

There are a number of activities taking place across the province throughout January that involve Alberta's artists.

Download a day-by-day event calendar to find out what arts events are happening around Alberta this month. Please note, this guide is provided for information only. For more information regarding an event, please contact the venue directly.

Albertans are encouraged to take part in as many events as possible and support Alberta artists during Alberta's Month of the Artist!  If you are aware of an Arts and Culture event occurring in Alberta in January 2019, and would like to see it added to this Month of the Artist Calendar, please contact artsbranch@gov.ab.ca.

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.

Watch the video below of the announcement proclaiming January as the Month of the Artist in Alberta, featuring performances by some of Alberta’s local artists.

Quick facts

  • In 2016, 40,895 Albertans were employed in the arts, entertainment and recreation. (Source: Statistics Canada, National Household Survey, 2016).
  • In 2016, the visual and applied arts, and live performance industries in Alberta contributed approximately $1.3 billion in GDP. (Source: Statistics Canada, Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2016).
  • According to Statistics Canada estimates, Alberta exported $777.5 million of culture products in 2016.
  • In 2016, there were 1.4 million domestic overnight visits to Alberta that included arts and culture activities. (Source: Statistics Canada: 2016 Travel Survey of Residents of Canada).
  • In 2016, Albertans spent $4,112 per household on recreation goods and services, which was 18.2% higher than the Canadian average. (Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Household Spending, 2016).


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