The Art Gallery of Alberta's (formerly The Edmonton Art Gallery) goal is to make art an important part of more people's lives. The gallery accomplishes this goal, and much more, by offering enticing art exhibitions and complementary programs to the public on an ongoing basis. The first exhibit, mounted in 1924, consisted of just 24 borrowed art works. <br><br>Today, the world-class art collection of the gallery has grown to more than 5,000 works. Each year, exciting exhibitions are mounted from the gallery's own collection, and traveling exhibitions from all over the world are brought in to add to the patron's viewing pleasure. The gallery features run the gamut from local to international artists, with Canadians represented by the likes of Lawren Harris, Emily Carr, Jane Ash Poitras, and Catherine Burgess. The collection of historical and contemporary art works includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints, performance art and installations.<br><br>While the gallery's studio program has tours, lectures and classes are geared towards adults, children can take advantage of an interactive gallery, art classes, and art camps.