About the AFA

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts exists to encourage and support the arts as a significant contributor to quality of life in Alberta.

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts is a public agency and a provincial corporation of the Government of Alberta with a mandate to support and contribute to the development of the arts in Alberta. We provide grant funding to artists and art organizations to encourage the growth and development of the arts sector. We also promote the arts and manage an extensive provincial art collection featuring work from artists all over the province.

The AFA reports to Alberta’s Minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women and is guided by the objectives found in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Act, 1991.

The AFA respectfully acknowledges that it supports artistic activity on Treaty 6, 7 and 8 territories: traditional lands of First Nations and Métis peoples.

Board of Directors

The AFA Board of Directors includes arts champions from across the province, appointed by the Government of Alberta.

Mission and mandate

At the Alberta Foundation for the Arts we see an Alberta where a vibrant arts community inspires creativity and innovation, embraced by all Albertans. 

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

The arts hold tremendous power to create positive change. The AFA believes in the full and equal participation of all Albertans, and intends to apply this belief to its policies and programs in two distinct ways:

  • in the arts
  • through the arts

Arts Sector Donation Program

This program is designed to foster and contribute to the growth and development of the arts in Alberta by accepting cash donations from donors that wish to support AFA programs and services.

Annual reports

The AFA Annual Report provides information on our yearly operations. Information includes annual accomplishments, a summary of grants awarded, financial statements and the AFA Board’s membership and responsibilities.

Logo and brand resources

In return for funding support, we ask that all grant recipients acknowledge and include the AFA logo in their recognition/marketing materials. Funding accreditation is requirement for all recipients.