Arts Fund Supports 18 Arts and Cultural Projects

by NationTalk on December 8, 20071092 Views

December 7, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor announced today that 18 arts and cultural projects will share $189,050 provided through the Arts Fund.

“I am pleased to see that the Arts Fund continues to provide support to worthy artistic projects designed to benefit communities throughout Yukon,” Taylor said. “With our $568,000 in increased funding for the arts, announced in September, the Arts Fund is now positioned to address an even wider range of important community art activities.”The Yukon Council on disABILITY is one of the current recipients. The organization was awarded $16,000 in support of CP Salon – Access to the Arts project. A series of music-driven theatre pieces and workshops will be performed by a trio of classically trained artists with disabilities who challenge “able-centric notions within the performing arts.

“On behalf of the Yukon Council on disABILITY, we appreciate the support of the Department of Tourism and Culture in assisting us to turn disabilities into abilities,” Kim Hague, Executive Director of the Yukon Council on disABILITY, said. “The funding will aid us in providing quality services and promoting social and economic independence for people with disabilities, and help us to fulfill part of our mandate to educate, inform and give a voice so that barriers become transparent.”

The Arts Fund is an applicant-driven funding program that supports artists and communities in creative endeavors such as festivals, events, training, touring and art creation in all forms. The fund is adjudicated in an arms-length process four times a year by the Yukon Arts Advisory Council.

The next deadline for Arts Fund applications is December 15, 2007. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the program officer before applying by telephoning 667-3535 or emailing

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List of September 2007 Arts Fund recipients below.

Roxanne Vallevand
Cabinet Communications
(867) 633-7949

Alicia Debreceni
A/Communications, Tourism & Culture
(867) 667-5318

September 2007 Arts Fund Recipients:

1 Alsek Music Festival
Blue Feather Music Festival – Secondary Venues Project
To present family and cabaret stages and Sunday programming at the Alsek Music Festival. $7,500

2 Arts in Motion
Flamenco Workshop
To present a comprehensive Flamenco Dance workshop that will cover technique, choreography, palmas, compass and history. $750

3 Association Franco-Yukonnaise
La Culture a Tout Vent
To present a series of public arts events in the visual, literary, and performing arts. $7,000

4 Barlow, Tentrees, Beggs Collective
North American Folk Alliance Music Conference
For Kim Barlow, Gordie Tentrees, and Kim Beggs to attend the North American Folk Alliance music conference to promote their music and network with industry professionals. $16,000

5 Beggs, Edelson, Hamilton Collective
Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference Showcase
For Kim Beggs, Natalie Edelson, and Bob Hamilton to attend Northeast Regional Folk Alliance music conference to promote their music and network with industry professionals. $7,000

6 Bringing Youth Towards Equality
10th Annual Yukon Youth Conference
To present a 3 day conference in January 2008 for youth from across Yukon, BC, NWT & Nunavut, providing youth with the opportunity to discover the artist within themselves. $15,000

7 Caribou River Originals
Timber Rabbits: Page to Stage
To workshop and develop a new Yukon play by Joseph Graham and Norm Easton to be ready for the stage. $6,000

8 Carmacks Library Board
North Klondyke Highway Children’s CD Project
To produce a 16 track CD of original songs co-written by young people in Mayo, Carmacks, Pelly Crossing, and Dawson, in collaboration with local songwriter Steve Slade. $9,200

9 Dawson City Arts Society
9th Annual Dawson City International Short Film Festival
To present the 8th Annual Dawson City International Short Film Festival – screenings, workshops, panel discussions and special events. $20,000

10 Frostbite Music Society
Haines Junction and Dawson City Tour
A tour with Carolyn Mark, NQ Arbuckle, Rochelle van Zanten, and a selected Yukon group to bring a performance tour to Haines Junction and Dawson. $9,000

11 Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon
The Filmmaker in You
To present a film production project for youth with learning disabilities. $3,300

12 Suzuki Strings Association Yukon
Suzuki String Camp and Mentorship Program
To foster Suzuki education for young musicians and families with a three day camp and mentorship program that supports the Yukon music community. $5,000

13 Yukon Bluegrass Music Society
Kluane Bluegrass Music Camp 2008
A three day camp for beginner to advanced guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and bass players in rural Yukon. $10,500

14 Yukon Bluegrass Music Society
Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival
To present a festival that will showcase professional bluegrass bands and regional bands with workshops and performances. $11,800

15 Yukon Conservation Society
Stories for Change
To facilitate, through a series of workshops, the creation of two original songs, artwork, and stories by Yukon school children for use in an on-line interactive environmental story book called Stories for Change. $17,400

16 Yukon Council on disABILITY
CP Salon – Access to the Arts
Music-driven theatre pieces and workshops by classically trained artists that challenge “able-centric” notions within the performing arts. $16,000

17 Yukon Educational Theatre Society
Inzanity! Community Celebration Projects
To produce two annual community celebration events – Burning Away the Winter Blues and A Celebration of the Harvest – that build community through ritual and folk arts. $10,000

18 Yukon Women in Music
Compilation CD
To record, produce, and manufacture a compilation CD of original music written and performed by diverse Yukon women, produced by a female artist with professional production credits who will provide mentorship and training to participants. $17,600

TOTAL: $189,050

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