September is Month of the Artist in Alberta

Date: Sep 1, 2021

2021 marks the third year of Month of the Artist!

Alberta is the only province in Canada that has dedicated an entire month to recognize and celebrate the important contributions artists make to our communities: economically, socially and culturally.

On September 1, The Honourable Ron Orr, Minister of Culture issued a statement for Month of the Artist 2021, including the following quote

“Art is a profession like any other that requires hard work and dedication. For a year and a half, artists in Alberta have had to drastically change the way they work – even putting their careers on hold while facing extraordinary challenges during COVID. Many of us turned to the arts to help us cope with our personal trials and to lift our spirits. I am grateful to every artist in Alberta for making our lives better through their creations.

~Ron Orr, Minister of Culture

Read Minister Orr's full statement

Did you know?

  • 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).

Participate in arts events in September

Albertans are encouraged to safely 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 Month of the Artist resources:

You can also find Alberta Culture Days events in your community during September 2021.

More information about the Month of the Artist can be found on

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