From paintings to music, from writing to weaving, experience your world through the arts and discover what Alberta’s vibrant arts community has to offer.

As the primary arts resource and grant funding body in Alberta, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts helps to unleash the potential of every artist through funding, arts promotion, and capacity-building services. We provide behind-the-scenes support to artists and arts organizations, giving them the power to inspire minds, encourage expression, foster creativity, and contribute to Alberta’s economy.

From story time at local libraries to annual festivals on neighbourhood streets, the arts are active in your community. Albertans celebrate and support the arts as artists, volunteers, donors, and attendees at local arts events and activities.

Experience, celebrate, and take pride in the arts—they’re all around you!

FAST FACT:
90% of Albertans attended or participated in an arts event or activity in 2011. (Source: Alberta Culture Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011)

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91% of Albertans feel arts activities are important in contributing to the overall quality of life in their community. (Source: Alberta Culture Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011)

FAST FACT:
88% of Albertans feel it is important that the Government of Alberta continues to fund and support the arts. (Source: Alberta Culture Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011)

FAST FACT:
53% of Albertans participated or performed in an arts activity or program at least once in 2011. (Source: Alberta Culture Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011)

FAST FACT:
In 2009-10, total attendance at arts events hosted by AFA funded organizations reached close to 7 million—around 3.5 million paid attendees and 3.5 million unpaid attendees. (Source: 2010-11 AFA Grant Recipient Reporting, Alberta Foundation for the Arts)

FAST FACT:
Three-quarters of Albertans say they enjoy attending arts and cultural events. (Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture and Quality of Life Survey 2005, IPSOS-REID Corp.)

FAST FACT:
94% of Albertans believe that having a wide variety of cultural activities and events makes Alberta a better please to live. (Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture and Quality of Life Survey 2005, IPSOS REID Corp.)

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97% of Albertans believe it is important for every child in Alberta to learn about the culture of the province. (Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture and Quality of Life Survey 2005, IPSOS-REID Corp.)

FAST FACT:
Each year, AFA supports more than 200 schools in bringing artists into the classroom through the Artists and Education grant stream.

FAST FACT:
86% of Albertans believe that taking part in cultural activities makes them feel good. (Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture and Quality of Life Survey 2005, IPSOS REID Corp.)

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81% of Albertans say taking part in cultural activities helps them to relieve stress. (Source: Albertans’ Perceptions of Culture and Quality of Life Survey 2005, IPSOS REID Corp.)

FAST FACT:
Arts organizations in Alberta were supported by more than 53,000 volunteers in 2009-10. (Source: 2010-11 Grant recipient Reporting, Alberta Foundation for the Arts)

FAST FACT:
Albertans’ cultural spending is the highest of all provinces at $963 per resident, 15% higher than the Canadian average of $841.  (Source: Consumer Spending on Culture in Canada, the Provinces and 12 Metropolitan Areas in 2008, http://www.hillstrategies.com/docs/Consumer_spending2008.pdf )

FAST FACT:
Nearly 20% of adult Albertans they had volunteered in the past 12 months in an arts or cultural organization; a music, dance, theatre or multicultural event; an arts festival, conference or workshop; an art exhibition, a folk-arts council or heritage society. (Source: Alberta Culture Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011)

FAST FACT:
In 2006 (most recent census data) nearly 18, 000 Albertans worked as professionals in arts and culture. (Source: Statistics Canada, Professional Occupations in Art and Culture)