Government of Yukon


FOR RELEASE     #09-142
June 10, 2009


Yukon Artists to Take Their Talents on the Road

WHITEHORSE – The Touring Artist Fund will contribute $44,378 in funding to 14 Yukon artists travelling to the Northwest Territories, Alberta, BC, the US and Jamaica, announced Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor.

“The Yukon government is delighted to support these talented individuals who will showcase their creativity and artistic expressions at national and international levels,” Taylor said. “Their travels will allow them to grow professionally within their artistic disciplines while sharing their northern spirit with others.”

Eight applicants to the March intake of the Yukon’s Touring Artist Fund will travel to the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik in July. Charlene Alexander, co-founder of the festival and recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal, is proud of the festival and its success over the past two decades.

“The opportunity for Yukon artists to travel outside the territory opens up avenues for them to meet new people, develop professional and personal relationships, and gain new skills and inspiration from their peers,” Alexander said. “Congratulations to all those travelling north this summer, and to the other recipients who have the opportunity to develop their own artistic pursuits.”

Yukon’s Touring Artist Fund assists professional artists and ensembles who create and produce original works to expand their touring opportunities to reach new audiences. The applicant-driven funding program is adjudicated four times a year by the Yukon Arts Advisory Council.

The Northern Lights Dance Fraze receives $8,000 to travel to Jamaica this August to perform Raven Steals the Sun at the Dance and the Child International Conference. This leading forum brings young dancers together on a world stage where they are judged on their technical skills and performances.

“We were one of only five groups selected from Canada to attend this premier event and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to travel and perform abroad,” said Northern Lights School of Dance artistic director Deborah Lemaire. “Our dancers will be wonderful ambassadors for northern Canada and Yukon. We are extremely grateful to the council for their support in assisting us to participate in such a prestigious festival.”

The next deadline for the Touring Artist Fund is June 15.

Applicants are encouraged to consult the fund administrator before applying. Telephone: 867 667 8789, toll free at 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8789. Email: artsfund@gov.yk.ca

List of recipients attached:

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Contact:  
Roxanne Vallevand
Cabinet Communications
867-633-7949
roxanne.vallevand@gov.yk.ca
Cathrine Morginn
Communications, Tourism & Culture
867-667-5318
cathrine.morginn@gov.yk.ca


 

Touring Artist Fund March 2009 recipients:

 

  Applicant  Name of Project  

Amount
Allocated 

Annie Lou  Tour of B.C. and Alberta during May and June 

$8,000

Lynn Blaikie Travel and shipping to the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NWT July 

 $1,000

Philomena Carroll  Two visual art exhibitions in galleries in Vernon and Campbell River, B.C., mid August - October 

 $1,878

Done Gone String Band  California Worldfest Tour and performances en route July 

 $8,000

Jackie Dowell-Irvine  Travel and shipping to the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NWT July 

 $1,000

Northern Lights Dance Fraze - NLSD performing group  Performing Raven Steals the Sun at the Dance and the Child International Conference, Kingston, Jamaica in August 

 $8,000

George Roberts Travel and shipping to the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NWT July 

 $1,000

Dennis Shorty  Travel and shipping to the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NWT July 

 $1,000

Ann Smith   To exhibit work and demonstrate at the Parallel Worlds exhibition at the Portland Oregon Japanese Garden, June 

 $2,500

10  Sour Brides Theatre  National tour of So Many Doors to NWT and B.C. 

 $8,000

11  Harreson Tanner  Travel and shipping to the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NWT July 

 $1,000

12  Lena White  Travel and shipping to the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NWT July 

 $1,000

13  Wendy Whitemore  Travel and shipping to the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NWT July 

 $1,000

14  Brian (Bud) Young  Travel and shipping to the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NWT July 

 $1,000

 

  TOTAL:

$44,378

 

 

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Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor congratulates the Northern Lights Dance Fraze who will travel to Jamaica this August to perform at the Dance and the Child International Conference.