Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development.
What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines.
From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.

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  • Open Studios: Tiffany Ayalik

    Tiffany Ayalik is an Indigenous throat singer, musician, and performer from Yellowknife. She's part of the Juno-winning band Quantum Tangle. She was at Banff Centre as faculty for the summer music program, An Improviser's View of Notated Music.

  • Spotlight: Jesse Tungilik

    Jesse Tungilik's work challenges public preconceptions of Inuit art. Jesse joined us at Banff Centre this summer for a self-directed residency, where he experimented with 3D printing, bronze sculpture, and resin.

  • Indigenous Leadership: Truth and Reconciliation through Right Relations

    In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, Indigenous Leadership at Banff Centre is committed to creating space to better understand the truth of Canada’s shared history with Indigenous peoples. In this video, we talked to Brian Calliou, Director of Indigenous Leade...

  • Desk Tour: Literary Journalism in the Leighton Artist Studios

    Brooklyn-based journalist, Christopher Maag, found himself writing a story about boats in the New York Harbour, from inside a boat on Banff Centre’s campus. As one of eight residents in the Literary Journalism program, the irony was not lost on him. Check out the latest desk tour to find out how ...

  • Spotlight: Queer Songbook Orchestra

    They take a look at popular songs and reveal the backstories and personal narratives of queer artists who never had a chance to communicate what their work really meant to them.
    They joined us in 2017 for a recording residency and recently released a new animated short called REACH THE SKY

  • Spotlight: Urban Moose Hide Tanning Camp

    This past summer our Indigenous Arts department hosted Banff Centre's first-ever Urban Moose Hide Tanning residency, becoming "part of the international Indigenous resurgence of traditional hide tanning." The group learned two different forms from Elder hide tanning masters in a camp they built r...

  • Indigenous Leadership: The 7 Elements of Wise Practices

    Culture. Accountability. Collaborations. Good governance. Watch as Banff Centre's program director of Indigenous Leadership, Brian Calliou, explains the wise practices' approach to Indigenous community development.

  • Artist Statement: Elizabeth Burden

    Elizabeth Burden is interested in asking the right questions when it comes to the U.S. criminal justice system.

    According to the visual artist, much of the policy and artwork addressing criminal justice reform in the last few decades stems from the premise that the system is broken and must be f...

  • Banff Centre is Carmen Aguirre

    Carmen was born in Santiago, Chile to parents who were teachers and activists. At six, her family fled the country and made their way to Canada as political refugees. After spending her early adult years in South America working for the underground resistance movement, Carmen returned to Vancouve...

  • Banff Centre is Joel Ivany

    Joel Ivany is an arts innovator and the multi-award-winning artistic director of opera at Banff Centre. He first took part in an opera residency at Banff and now leads it each summer, challenging us to experience opera in new ways.

  • Banff Centre is iskwë

    Songwriter-performer iskwē was born and raised in Treaty 1 Territory, growing up in Winnipeg surrounded by an eclectic mix of musical influences—pop, rock, jazz, electronic as well as traditional Indigenous sounds. She would sing and dance all the time as a kid and took part in elementary school ...

  • Banff Centre is Crystal Pite

    Crystal Pite first attended Banff Centre as an inspiring dancer when she was just 16. Over the course of three decades, Crystal has been to Banff more than 14 times. Find out how Banff Centre helps her reach new heights of creativity.