Alberta Artist in Residence

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Alberta Artist in Residence

Apply to be Alberta’s Artist in Residence and Arts Ambassador

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Applications for 2020 program now being accepted!

Deadline to apply to become the next Alberta Artist in Residence is August 24, 2020, at 11:59:59pm.

The successful artist will be announced as part of Month of the Artist celebrations in September 2020.


This program seeks to inspire innovation in the arts and to promote a wider understanding and appreciation of the arts and artists in Alberta.

Artists are encouraged to apply for this grant to become Alberta’s Artist in Residence for a one-year term.

For full details and to apply, visit

Through this grant, the successful artist will:

  • Work with communities across Alberta as an arts ambassador to promote the importance of Alberta artists and the arts.
  • Communicate and share personal perspectives on the artistic process, the role of artists, and the contributions that artists make to Alberta.
  • Act as an advocate for greater understanding of the realities of artists and the communities in which they work.
  • Complete an art project that promotes the value of the arts in Alberta.

Applications from all artists are encouraged, including artists from the following communities:

  • Indigenous artists
  • Culturally diverse* artists
  • Deaf artists and artists with disabilities
  • Francophone artists
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ artists
  • New generation artists, emerging artists, and youth

Culturally diverse communities are defined as racialized groups that correspond to “visible minorities” under the federal Employment Equity Act. These are individuals of African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern or mixed ancestral heritage that includes at least one of these groups.


The Alberta Artist in Residence is selected annually through a competitive project grant application process.

This annual opportunity is open to all artists who are residents of Alberta that practice any artistic discipline(s) including, but may not be limited to:

  • Dance
  • Film and video
  • Indigenous arts
  • Literary arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual arts and new media

Project Development

The program provides one-time funding assistance for the recipient to develop an artistic project that promotes the value of the arts in Alberta.

Projects that include the completion of an artwork during the first half of the artist’s term of residency, which the artist can subsequently use to promote the value of the arts in Alberta during the remainder of their term, are encouraged.

The artist is required to document and provide access to an inside look of their artistic creative process for the proposed project. The artist should clearly describe the purpose and intended outcomes of each activity, and how this work would be documented. All travel expenses will be the responsibility of the artist.

Community Outreach

The artist is expected to be accessible to community organizations that may wish to invite the artist to attend a community event or to meet with stakeholders. In these cases, interested organizations must apply to host the artist through the Alberta Artist in Residence website.

The artist is expected to provide content to share over a specialized social media (Instagram) account, owned and managed by the Government of Alberta.

How to Apply

Completed applications must be received by August 24, 2020, 11:59:59pm.

Complete the application package, including:

  • Program guidelines
  • Application form
  • Budget template

Section 5 in the program guidelines provides details of all components that must be submitted as part of your completed application. A checklist is included on the application form to ensure you have included all required materials. Incomplete applications will be ineligible for consideration.

Then submit the application package. Individuals can submit their application digitally via email (preferred) or may send hard copies or USB sticks via post.

By Email

Submit via email to as email attachments. Support materials may also be provided as downloadable links.

By Mail

Hard copy applications must be postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on the deadline date. You may mail hard copy applications to:

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

After you Apply

Once an application and supporting documents are received by Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, then:

  • An assessment will be conducted to ensure the application package contains the required information.
  • An assessment will confirm applicant eligibility and suitability with the program.

A short-list of recommended applicants may be asked to make a short presentation on their respective projects. Developing an application short-list is at the discretion of the selection panel. An interview process may not be conducted for each annual application intake for this program.

Applicants will receive written correspondence or email notification of any decisions regarding their application.


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 (general)
Phone: 780.289.3781 (program staff)
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

Learn more about Month of the Artist, visit

Applications accepted until August 24, 2020.

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