Government of Yukon

June 28, 2012

Arts Fund supports community engagement

WHITEHORSE—Fourteen art organizations will share $149,845 through Yukon’s Arts Fund to help develop art appreciation and engagement.

“Celebrating Yukon’s unique and diverse cultures by engaging youth, First Nations and community residents in skills development and art appreciation is what the Arts Fund is all about,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “The groups supported with this recent round of funding show a high level of creativity and thoughtful expression reflective of Yukon’s commitment to grow art appreciation across all communities.”

Northern Lights School of Dance is receiving $25,000 to participate and perform at the Dance and the Child International conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

“This event will allow us to integrate Yukon dancers and choreographers with Yukon-based composer Matthew Lien's music and to share it with the rest of the world,” Northern Lights School of Dance coordinator Mary Ann Annable said. “The dance summit aims to acknowledge and nurture young people as creators, dancers, performers and spectators. They will perform, take part in workshops and connect with other dancers from around the world in ways that celebrate cultural heritage and encourage cross-cultural understandings.”

The Faro Arts and Recreation Association is receiving $7,500 for its project Through a Girl’s Lens, a photography camp taught by Vanessa Falle for girls aged 12 to 18, and organized by Girls’ Night Out.

“The girls will capture a variety of their own images, exploring the streets and landscapes around Whitehorse,” Girls’ Night Out coordinator Heather Grantham said. “Vanessa will take a portrait of each girl, and we will then explore issues around positive body image and self-esteem, celebrating each girl’s unique, beautiful perspective captured through their images.”

Photography skills development, mentorship opportunities and hosting a public gallery of the images captured by each of the girls will be included in the three-day camp.

The Arts Fund supports group projects that foster the creative development of the arts in Yukon and support the principles of the Yukon Arts Policy. Applications can include arts-related projects submitted by arts collectives, organizations, industry associations and all other eligible groups undertaking an activity related to the literary, visual or performing arts in Yukon.

Arts Fund 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


See list of funding recipients and photo below.


Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications


Heather LeDuc
Communications, Tourism & Culture




Arts Fund – March 15, 2012 recipients


Applicant Project    Amount 
Northern Lights School of Dance Participate and perform at Dance and the Child International in Taiwan


Yukon Women in Music Yukon community tour of concerts and workshops


Extremely Moving Youth Society Go Brinson Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive


The Varietease Collective Varietease: A Burlesque Cabaret


Yukon En Plein Air collective Yukon artists will paint en plein air at five Whitehorse locations


Selkirk First Nation Live Art Program – showcase Northern Tutchone crafts


Association franco-yukonnaise Cultural and Artistic Celebrations for St-Jean Baptiste Day in Whitehorse and Dawson


Yarn Bomb Yukon Knitting for History: Yarn Bombing the DC-3 plane owned by the Transportation Museum


Faro Arts and Recreation Association Weekend photography workshop for girls


Community Choir of Whitehorse Society Workshop and Performance in Dawson City


Skookum Jim Friendship Centre 40th Annual Folklore Show, showcases Yukon and Canadian Aboriginal artists


Friends of Dempster Country Art Magic in Tombstone - artists and scientists share passion for wilderness


Yukon Transportation Museum Society 70th Anniversary of 'The Road': N. Bauberger Exhibit, Talks, & Workshop 


Kluane Quilters Guild Sewing machine and hand applique workshop with international quilt artist





News Release #12-126