The Artist Fund

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The transformative power of art begins with setting artists in motion 

Banff Centre provides both emerging and established artists the space to expand their artistic practice and cultivate their craft. World-renowned faculty lead some of our generation’s best creative minds on a journey of collaboration, exploration, and growth. 

The Artist Fund is the place where talent is nurtured and ideas start – where concepts becomes compositions and raw materials become public installations – where the essence of Banff Centre comes to life. All funds go directly towards our arts programs and supporting deserving artists on their creative journeys.

Our goal is to increase scholarship levels so that artists can access our programming based solely on their creative ability, not their ability to pay. It’s a simple equation: the more support the Artist Fund receives, the more artists we can bring to Banff Centre to strengthen the creative voices of artists among us. 

Creating access for deserving artists 

There are so many meaningful ways your support to Banff Centre’s Artist Fund will make a difference to the deserving artists whose work feeds our minds and souls, fuelling our inspiration and forging our cultural identity.

A small donation can pay for an artist’s meals during their residency at Banff Centre. A larger gift can ease the burden of program tuition. A significant bequest can shape the future of one of our innovative arts training programs for years to come. 

The Artist Fund is the primary source of scholarships and financial assistance available to artists participating in our programs. Financial gifts of any size go directly toward supporting the 3,000+ artists who come to Banff Centre each year. 

If you would like to make a contribution to the Artist Fund, please visit our donations page

Join the Named Artist Award program 

In acknowledgement of a gift of $5,000 or more to the Artist Fund, an Artist Award can be created in your name or in honour of a loved one. We invite you to join this circle of visionary donors who share our hope for greater access to world-class education and professional development in the arts.

Named Artist Award Program donors will be notified of their award recipient and invited to a donor appreciation event to have the opportunity to meet the artist(s) who have benefitted from your gift and see their work firsthand.

Contact us to join the Named Artist Award program.

I really applaud Banff Centre for having programs and sponsors generous enough to help writers who are early in their career.

Sean Michaels, Literary Journalism participant and Scotiabank Giller Prize winner

Contact Us

For information on how you can support the arts, contact:

Candice Noakes, Associate Director - Operations, Development

Phone
1.800.495.4467 (toll free) 
403.762.6651

Email
Candice_Noakes@banffcentre.ca