Government of Yukon

April 3, 2012

Yukon’s Arts Fund strengthens community spirit

WHITEHORSE—The Yukon government’s Arts Fund will provide $226,043 to 17 groups in support of art development and programming.

“A vibrant and diverse arts and culture community enriches life for all Yukoners,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “Through the Arts Fund the Yukon government can support groups and artistic endeavors that strengthen community spirit and cultural pride.”

The Adäka Cultural Society will receive $35,000 for the Adäka Cultural Festival that will take place in June 2012.

“Funding from Arts Fund continues to help build the Adäka Cultural Festival into a world-class, iconic event that showcases, celebrates and fosters the development of Yukon's diverse and distinctive First Nations arts and culture,” co-executive producer Katie Johnson said. “Opportunities like Adäka are critical for healthy and culturally vibrant Yukon communities.”

MusicYukon will receive $23,575 for the Arts in the Park programming that takes place throughout the summer months in LePage Park.

“We’re thrilled to receive this support,” MusicYukon executive director Lynne Cavanagh said. “The visual and performing artists who give of their time, energy and creative expression are an important part of the vibrant cultural scene in downtown Whitehorse. With the help of the Arts Fund, we look forward to another great summer of Arts in the Park beginning in May.”

The Arts Fund supports community group projects that advance the development of the arts in Yukon. Projects are reviewed by the Yukon Arts Advisory Council, which advises the minister on recommendations for funding.

For a list of council members visit the Yukon Arts Advisory Council website. Members are appointed by the Tourism and Culture Minister, and serve three year terms or can be re-appointed for successive terms. The next Arts Fund application deadline is June 15.

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


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Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications
Karen Keeley
Communications, Tourism & Culture


Applicant Project Amount
Adäka Cultural Society Adäka Cultural Festival


MusicYukon Arts in the Park


Kwanlin Dün Elders Council Kwanlin Dün First Nation Dance Group


Grand Ole Northern Opry Group Two Night Concert Event


Yukon Filmmakers Collective Wise and Wild


Yukon Summer Music Camp Society Yukon Summer Music Camp


Ramshackle Theatre Broken     $15,080
Breakdancing Yukon Society Train the Trainers Dance Film Boot Camp


Southern Tutchone Tribal Council Songs for Dance


Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Heritage Department  Han Language Youth Animation Workshop and Production


Whitehorse Photography Club Whitehorse Photography Club Weekend Workshop


Yukon Art Society Resonance Project Reverb


Yukon Circus Society The Gift


Lorne Mountain Community Association Children's Art Camp 2012


Anvil Range Arts Society  Anvil Range Arts Society Crane and Sheep Festival


Out North Collective  Out North Film Festival


Haines Junction Community Choir  Haines Junction Community Choir




News Release #12-058