Celebrating the diversity of NWT art during Arts Week

by aanationtalk on September 25, 2012511 Views

Yellowknife (September 25, 2012) Northwest Territories Arts Week is from September 22 to 30 and is a celebration of the contribution that the NWT arts and fine crafts community makes to our territory.  

“Artisans make significant cultural and economic contributions to communities across the territory and showcase the NWT as a place of artistic excellence,” said Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) David Ramsay. “Arts and crafts production is an important element of a diversified economy and, given the talent exhibited in the arts community and the growing demand for genuine NWT art, we are confident the sector will continue to grow and excel.”

“The Northwest Territories is a mosaic of culturally proud and artistically gifted people,” said Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE). “With more eyes looking North at our resources and Arctic coastline, we have the opportunity to further promote and preserve the arts, culture and heritage of our vast territory.”

Several events will be held across the territory to celebrate Arts Week, including:

  • Aurora Arts Society’s Arts Week (September 24-30), themed “This Business of Art”.
  • ITI has provided funding for arts workshops and events in each region, including an arts promotional event at Ingamo Hall in Inuvik on September 26 from 6-8pm. Artists will display and sell their art. Soup and bannock will be served and door prizes are available.
  • Facing North exhibit, opening September 22at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife.
  • Inuit Art Tour, Friday, Sept. 28, 9am-6pm at Northern Images Gallery in Yellowknife.

ITI recently funded a leather crafting workshop in the Dehcho and a “Pricing Your Art” workshop in the Sahtu to help prepare artists to price their artwork for retail sales during Arts Week.

Arts, culture and heritage are the fabric of the Northwest Territories. From carving and painting to drum dancing to photography, it is a significant source of pride within the hearts of northerners and should be promoted, preserved and celebrated by all.  NWT Arts Week also leads into the third annual national Culture Days, September 28-30, 2012. This coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration has raised awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

For more information, please contact:

Alayna Ward
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Tel: (867) 920-8696

Jacqueline McKinnon
Manager, Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
(867) 920-6222


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