Since the program’s introduction during Alberta’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations in 1980, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has supported a provincial Travelling Exhibition (TREX) program. The TREX program strives to ensure every Albertan is provided with an opportunity to enjoy fully developed exhibitions in schools, libraries, health care centres, and smaller rural institutions and galleries throughout the province.
The TREX program assists in making both the AFA’s extensive art collection and the work of contemporary Alberta artists available to Albertans.
Four regional organizations now coordinate the program for the Foundation:
Art Gallery of Alberta – Northeast and North Central Alberta
The Art Gallery of Grand Prairie – Northwest Alberta
Alberta Society of Artists – Southwest Alberta
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre – Southeast Alberta
These partners offer a wide range of exhibitions to communities from High Level in the north, to Milk River in the south, and virtually everywhere in between. Annually, more than 300,000 visitors enjoy nearly 100 exhibitions in over 107 communities.
The program offers educational support material enabling educators to integrate visual arts exhibitions into the school curriculum.
The program may offer artist visits with selected exhibitions at a nominal cost to the exhibition venue.