About Cultural Policy

Culture connects us to our communities, our province and to the world. Our culture reflects who we are:

  • What we value and consider beautiful
  • How we spend our leisure time
  • How we think about and treat each other
  • Where we come from
  • Where we are going

The Government of Alberta is proud of our province's unique and vibrant culture. We want to see it continue to grow and flourish. To achieve this, we have developed the Spirit of Alberta, Alberta's cultural policy. Launched in January 2008, this important policy provides a framework for decision-making related to the support, growth and development of culture as we move into our province's second century.

Based on extensive research and public consultation, it reflects the Albertan broad view of culture, encompassing the arts, our heritage, natural landscapes and recreation.

The policy also responds to Albertans' expressed desire to see government take a leadership role in supporting culture, and outlines how this will be achieved through partnerships with the private sector, cultural organizations, agencies, foundations and individuals.

Building on the consultations and the principles that emerged, the policy is focused around four keystones: access, capacity, excellence and growth of cultural industries. Through the Spirit of Alberta, the government will collaborate with all those who are involved in culture and build a long-term plan with all Albertans to support and promote Alberta's culture. To help achieve this, the Premier's Council on Culture was established to oversee the implementation of the policy.

Through the Spirit of Alberta, the government will collaborate with all those who are involved in culture and build a long-term plan with all Albertans to support and promote Alberta's culture. To help achieve this, the Premier's Council on Culture was established to oversee the implementation of the policy.

Appointed in 2013, the Premier’s Council on Culture is composed of community leaders who collectively reflect the many different sectors responsible for cultural activities and experiences in Alberta – from arts, heritage, multicultural and non-profit/voluntary organizations to creative and cultural industries, youth and corporate partners. As individuals, they have diverse backgrounds – artists and creators (dancers, writers, actors, musicians), entrepreneurs, philanthropists, CEOs of large non-profit organizations, and leaders in Alberta’s cultural communities.

Download the Spirit of Alberta Policy

Last reviewed/revised: March 12, 2015
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