Government of Yukon

May 23, 2012

Arts Operating Funds support local groups

WHITEHORSE—The Yukon government’s Arts Operating Funds will provide $665,990 to support Yukon’s music, theatre, dance, visual art and film sectors as well as community festival productions.

"Arts and culture is an important economic generator for Yukon, particularly when the public embraces and supports a new idea or concept,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “The funding provided by Arts Operating Funds will go toward sustaining and enhancing artistic programming and community participation that will engage Yukoners from many walks of life.”

Last year’s reporting period showed that groups supported by the Arts Operating Funds earned revenue of more than $1.3 million and leveraged more than $1.7 million in other government funding. There were 2,215 people who volunteered more than 45,000 hours to help present 740 events that delighted 54,907 audience attendees.

“Attracting a new audience is a challenge, no matter the art form,” Jazz Yukon president Duncan Sinclair said. “Along with creative ideas and good strategy, we need dependable financial support that allows for risk taking. The Yukon Arts Operating Funds have been instrumental in Jazz Yukon’s ability to develop the new Jazz in the Hall series at the Old Fire Hall heritage venue. These ‘learn, listen and jam’ events are engaging a new and diverse audience of all ages, including some as young as nine, along with a host of musicians for the jazz jams.”

There are two components to the Yukon government’s Arts Operating Funds: the Annual Operating Component provides core funding to non-profit societies with ongoing year-round activities engaged in the literary, visual and/or performing arts; the Annual Project Component provides artistic, production and administration cost support to groups with established annual projects.

For more information about the Arts Operating Funds, go to Funding Programs at or call 867-667-3535. The annual deadline is February 15.


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Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications


Karen Keeley
Communications, Tourism & Culture


List of Recipients for 2012-13 Arts Operating Funds

Annual Operating Component



Guild Society


Nakai Theatre Ensemble


Yukon Art Society


Dawson City Music Festival Association


Yukon Film Society


Whitehorse Concerts


Junction Arts and Music Society (JAM) 


Gwaandak Theatre Society


Extremely Moving Youth Society 


Northern Lights School of Dance  


Breakdancing Yukon Society  


Community Choir of Whitehorse


Jazz Yukon


All-City Band Society


Northern Fibres Guild




Annual Project Component




Frostbite Music Society: Frostbite Music Festival


Yukon Bluegrass Music Society: Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival and Music Camp


Blue Feather Music Society: Blue Feather Music Festival


Association franco-yukonnaise: Arts Presentation Season  


Rotary Club of Whitehorse: Yukon Rotary Music Festival


Village of Mayo: Mayo Arts Festival


Sub-total  $113,500

Grand total $665,990

News Release #12-097