The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards

Celebrate Alberta’s rich cultural fabric by honouring its most accomplished artists and supporting professional artists in the early stages of their careers.

DISTINGUISHED
ARTIST

EMERGING
ARTIST

Online nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Artist Awards will be open from early December 2020 to February 21, 2021. Since 2005, 20 Distinguished Artists and sixty three Emerging have been awarded Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts awards.

About the
Lieutenant
Governor of
Alberta
Arts Awards

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation was established in 2003 and its first awards program for Distinguished Artists was launched in 2005. The Emerging Artist Awards program began in 2008.

Since then, 63 Emerging and 20 Distinguished Artists have been recognized with this prestigious award. Recipients span the rich offering of visual, performing, film, design and literary professional arts in the province. These outstanding artists continue to contribute to Alberta’s rich cultural fabric in communities across the province – and across Canada.

The Honourable Salma Lakhani Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF ALBERTA

Salma Lakhani is a community leader and volunteer who is guided by her deep commitment to the values of pluralism and inclusion and her dedication to championing those who face barriers in life. Born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, she came to Canada in 1977 as a stateless person after all Ugandans of Asian origin were expelled from that country. She is a proud Ismaili Muslim who has offered longstanding service to a range of organizations, including NorQuest College, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Kids Kottage, Sorrentino’s Compassion House, the Alberta Cancer Board and the Zebra Foundation.

She began her duties as the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta on August 26, 2020. She serves as Patron of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards.

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