Arts Fund supports community engagement

by NationTalk on June 29, 2012741 Views

For Release #12-126
June 28, 2012

Whitehorse—Fourteen art organizations will share $149,845 through Yukon’s Arts Fund to help develop art appreciation and engagement.

“Celebrating Yukon’s unique and diverse cultures by engaging youth, First Nations and community residents in skills development and art appreciation is what the Arts Fund is all about,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “The groups supported with this recent round of funding show a high level of creativity and thoughtful expression reflective of Yukon’s commitment to grow art appreciation across all communities.”Northern Lights School of Dance is receiving $25,000 to participate and perform at the Dance and the Child International conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

“This event will allow us to integrate Yukon dancers and choreographers with Yukon-based composer Matthew Lien’s music and to share it with the rest of the world,” Northern Lights School of Dance coordinator Mary Ann Annable said. “The dance summit aims to acknowledge and nurture young people as creators, dancers, performers and spectators. They will perform, take part in workshops and connect with other dancers from around the world in ways that celebrate cultural heritage and encourage cross-cultural understandings.”

The Faro Arts and Recreation Association is receiving $7,500 for its project Through a Girl’s Lens, a photography camp taught by Vanessa Falle for girls aged 12 to 18, and organized by Girls’ Night Out.

“The girls will capture a variety of their own images, exploring the streets and landscapes around Whitehorse,” Girls’ Night Out coordinator Heather Grantham said. “Vanessa will take a portrait of each girl, and we will then explore issues around positive body image and self-esteem, celebrating each girl’s unique, beautiful perspective captured through their images.”

Photography skills development, mentorship opportunities and hosting a public gallery of the images captured by each of the girls will be included in the three-day camp.

The Arts Fund supports group projects that foster the creative development of the arts in Yukon and support the principles of the Yukon Arts Policy. Applications can include arts-related projects submitted by arts collectives, organizations, industry associations and all other eligible groups undertaking an activity related to the literary, visual or performing arts in Yukon.

Arts Fund applicants are encouraged to speak with the fund administrator before applying. For information visit the Arts Fund website ( or contact the fund administrator at 867-667-3535 or 1-800-661-0408, extension 3535 or email


See list of funding recipients and photo below.


Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications

Heather LeDuc
Communications, Tourism & Culture

Arts Fund – March 15, 2012 recipients

Northern Lights School of Dance
Participate and perform at Dance and the Child International in Taiwan

Yukon Women in Music
Yukon community tour of concerts and workshops

Extremely Moving Youth Society
Go Brinson Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive

The Varietease Collective
Varietease: A Burlesque Cabaret

Yukon En Plein Air collective
Yukon artists will paint en plein air at five Whitehorse locations

Selkirk First Nation
Live Art Program – showcase Northern Tutchone crafts

Association franco-yukonnaise
Cultural and Artistic Celebrations for St-Jean Baptiste Day in Whitehorse and Dawson

Yarn Bomb Yukon
Knitting for History: Yarn Bombing the DC-3 plane owned by the Transportation Museum

Faro Arts and Recreation Association
Weekend photography workshop for girls

Community Choir of Whitehorse Society
Workshop and Performance in Dawson City

Skookum Jim Friendship Centre
40th Annual Folklore Show, showcases Yukon and Canadian Aboriginal artists

Friends of Dempster Country
Art Magic in Tombstone – artists and scientists share passion for wilderness

Yukon Transportation Museum Society
70th Anniversary of ‘The Road’: N. Bauberger Exhibit, Talks, & Workshop

Kluane Quilters Guild Sewing machine and hand applique workshop with international quilt artist

TOTAL: $149,845


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