WHITEHORSE – The Department of Tourism and Culture is pleased to allocate $228,650 to 16 community organizations in support of arts development and programming.
“As was demonstrated by artists and audiences at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the arts promote great pride in Yukoners by helping define who we are and celebrating where we come from,” Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor said. “Through the Arts Fund and other programs, the Yukon government is pleased to continue to invest in projects that engage people, animate communities and build capacity.”
The Fiddle Kids Organization is one group benefiting from the Arts Fund. In a multi-disciplinary project involving four elements, the Organization will be offering a music camp; touring the Fiddleheads to Yukon venues; creating a theatrical production for 2010; and preparing another theatrical production for 2011.
“We are thrilled to get support from the Arts Fund,” Fiddle Kids Organization director Bob Kuiper said. “This funding will allow us to expand our programs to develop artistic skills in music, fiddling, dance, performance and theatre. We will especially be reaching out to youth, and will be welcoming all members of the community to join in and participate.”
Other initiatives funded include workshops and artist demonstrations at the seventh annual Sheep and Crane Festival in Faro; staging the 20th Moosehide Gathering celebrations; and a youth forum hosted by Breakdancing Yukon Society.
The Arts Fund is an application-driven program for group projects that foster the development of the arts in Yukon. Applications are accepted four times a year and are assessed by the Yukon Arts Advisory Council. Applicants are encouraged to contact the fund administrator prior to applying by calling 667-3535 or toll-free 1-800-661-0408, extension 3535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Tourism and Culture contributes more than $2.7 million annually in support of arts and culture.
For more information on the Arts Fund visit: www.tc.gov.yk.ca/205.html.
See backgrounder below.
Arts Fund Recipients December 15, 2009 intake
|Applicant||Name of Project||Project Description||Amount Allocated|
|Fiddle Kids Organization||Fiddle Kids 2010 Season||Theatrical and musical development, production and camp||
|Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Han Nation||Moosehide Gathering 20 anniversary||To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the original Moosehide Gathering||
|Donald Watt Collective||Seventh International Snow Sculpture Challenge||Gathering of local, national and international artists to learn, teach and produce art||
|Breakdancing Yukon Society||National Cypher for Change||A youth forum to bring young breakdancers to Yukon from across Canada||
|Music Yukon||Arts in the Park||A series of public concerts and visual arts demonstrations presented at LePage Park||
|Yukon Music Camp Society||Yukon Summer Music Camp 2010||To enhance and promote music skill development for Yukon musicians||
|Caesar-Preston-Shorty Collective||Group Artist Exchange in Germany||Three artists will travel to Germany for 35 day artist exchange||
|Gwaandak Theatre Society||Café Daughter||Premiere and tour the stage play Café Daughter by Kenneth T. Williams||
|Selkirk First Nation||Selkirk First Nation Wellness Carving Project||A carving course for the youth of Pelly Crossing||
|Longest Night Society||"Alice and Other Heroes" Whitehorse premiere||The first opportunity to experience this stage production bound for the 2010 Cultural Olympiad||
|Takhini Dunena Ali||Takhini Duena Ali West Coast Tour||Group of 20 young drummers and dancers will tour the west coast of Vancouver Island||
|Skookum Jim Friendship Centre||Skookum Jim's 2010 Folklore Show||Annual celebration of First Nation performing artists||
|Yukon Music Teachers Association||YMTA 2010 Workshop Series||Music workshops and master classes||
|Yukon International Storytelling Festival||"Light and Shadow" World Storytelling Day||World Storytelling Day event based on theme "Light and Shadow"||
|Anvil Range Arts Society||Seventh annual Sheep and Crane Festival||Arts and craft workshops and demonstrations during festival||
|Whitehorse Elementary School Council||Play for children "La machine a beauté"||A play for children in French||