Government of Yukon

FOR RELEASE     #10-035
March 11, 2010

Arts Fund assists Yukon community projects

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

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:


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Emily Younker
Cabinet Communications


Heather LeDuc
Communications, Tourism & Culture


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