Monday, 19 March 2012

Alberta boosts efforts to showcase culture

(News release from Government of Alberta News Bulletin located HERE) 

March 12, 2012

Province broadens scope of provincial celebrations

Edmonton... Albertans will have the opportunity for broader exposure to the many facets of Alberta’s culture during this year’s annual celebration in September.

Based on input from the recent Culture Forum 2012, Alberta Arts Days has been renamed Alberta Culture Days. Participants felt this change would help encourage broader participation and support the efforts of Alberta’s arts, heritage, nonprofit/voluntary, multicultural and youth serving organizations. It also reflects the importance of increased collaboration and partnerships across the relevant sectors.

“Hosting an Alberta Culture Days event is a wonderful opportunity to foster community relationships and showcase local talent,” said Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture and Community Services. “It’s also a great way for organizations to boost the impact and reach of existing efforts to promote the value and availability of cultural programming in our province. Culture connects our people, our communities and our province.”

Alberta Culture Days runs from September 28 to 30 in conjunction with the national Culture Days movement. To support the province-wide celebration, the Government of Alberta is again making funding available to those wishing to host cultural events and be designated official Celebration Sites. All nonprofit/voluntary, multicultural, heritage and arts organizations are encouraged to apply.

Two levels of funding are available: up to $20,000 to be designated a Feature Celebration Site; and up to $5,000 to be designated a Host Celebration Site. Consideration will be given to those who partner with others in their community to present cultural programming. Interested applicants should visit

The application deadline is May 8.

“Alberta Arts Days has always been about celebrating our heritage, cultural diversity and provincial pride,” said Klimchuk. “The change in name to Alberta Culture Days is actually in keeping with what communities are already doing. Last year, thousands of Albertans enjoyed 1,046 events and activities hosted by an array of organizations including schools, libraries, recreation centres, arts and multicultural groups, social serving organizations; and many, many others.”

In 2011, 64 Host Celebration Sites and five Feature Celebration Sites were selected to coordinate activities in their communities. All Albertans are encouraged to participate in Alberta Culture Days by attending some of the hundreds of free, family-friendly events; or hosting one of their own. Alberta Culture Days is helping to fulfill the goals of our provincial cultural policy, The Spirit of Alberta. For more information visit

Culture Forum 2012 occurred February 24 and 25 and involved nearly 400 representatives from Alberta’s broad culture sector. The discussions that occurred, along with feedback received from the online public survey, which is available until March 28 and can be found at, will help government, the corporate community and Alberta’s culture sector collectively build a solid foundation for culture to prosper in our province.


Media inquiries may be directed to:
Keltie MacPherson
Public Affairs Officer
Culture and Community Services
To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

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