DISCOVER ART FUND - the arts for everyone


“My daughter has always been a budding artist and the mixed multimedia course has given her the opportunity to expand her horizons. Without the affordability program and artsPlace's generous assistance, she would have never attended. Thank you for an amazing opportunity.” – Carter’s mom

Carter’s mom describes her as an artsy creative kid who loves spending as much time as she can doing art. “She is just super into it, more than others, and is really quite good for a 7 year old. One time, she had a stained glass art kit from which she ended up selling everything she made, just so she could save enough money to buy another one." 

Carter’s mom has been able to afford to live in the Bow Valley because of subsidized housing and affordability programs. When she saw that artsPlace offered discounts to those signed up for the Canmore and Banff Affordable Services Programs, through the Discover Art Fund, she was impressed with the opportunities. She signed Carter up for a high quality 10 week program with professional artist Ella Valge-Saar.

Carter has loved the program and can’t wait to go each week. “I came to pick her up one day and was amazed at the mug she had made, I just couldn’t believe it”. Carter's mom can’t say enough about how thankful she is that the Discover Art Fund exists.

At artsPlace we truly believe that experiencing the arts is a right regardless of financial means. It is thanks to the generosity of our donors that just last year, we were able to provide more than $15,000 in subsidies to over 250 Bow Valley families and individuals who would otherwise have been unable to afford our programming. 

To maintain the Discover Art Fund, we need your help. Please make a donation today to the Discover Art Fund to support children and families such as Carter's. You will be making a big difference in someone's life.


artsPlace operates as a charity, independent from the Town of Canmore. We work with the Towns of Canmore and Banff and their respective affordable services programs to identify residents eligible to receive subsidies of 50-65%. However with no government support for this subsidy, as a charitable organization, we rely on support from community members to ensure everyone has access to artsPlace’ programs. 

Major support for the Discover Art Fund provided by Robert and Priscilla Janes, with additional funding from ATB Financial.