Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, located on Treaty 7 territory, has been welcoming artists and leaders since 1933 to train, create, and advance their crafts. As Canada’s leading post-graduate arts institution, Banff Centre offers intensive training and career development programs for emerging and established arts across all disciplines.
In 1959, Queen Elizabeth II toured Banff Centre with its director, Donald Cameron. Cameron liked to call Banff Centre “a campus in the clouds”. This occasion marked the first of numerous official Royal visits to Banff’s campus. In the summer of 1985, Prince Philip returned here to open the Leighton Artist Studios — a group of cabins in the woods on the edge of Banff Centre that are dedicated to working artists; in 2009, Prince Edward toured the construction site for the Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation — he returned the following summer, in July 2010, for the official opening celebration of Kinnear.