Tourism & Culture Minister Mike Nixon with participants in The Grub-Stake Revisited project, which is receiving Arts Fund support. (L-R) Actor Roy Ness, Yukon Film Society executive director Stephanie Chevalier, actor James McCullough, producer Andrew Connors, Minister Nixon and production coordinator Sam Bergmann-Good.
WHITEHORSE—Fourteen arts organizations will share $126,077 through Yukon’s Arts Fund in support of group projects that inspire community engagement through discovery, experience and exploration.
“These group projects bring members of the community together and offer opportunities to learn something new,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “They help us discover a deeper appreciation for the arts and share in group dynamics that can energize and inspire.”
The Yukon Film Society is receiving $20,000 for The Grub-Stake Revisited project. The production will be further refined, rehearsed and presented in Whitehorse in September before travelling to the Edmonton and Vancouver International Film Festivals in October. By spring 2013, the performance will have been presented in Dawson City as well as in Alberta and Ontario.
Project producer Andrew Connors describes the performance as a hilarious collision of Shakespeare and 20th century feminist-adventure cinema under the artistic direction of Daniel Janke. Nell Shipman's 1923 silent film The Grub-Stake is set in the Klondike and as the characters appear on-screen they are voiced in Shakespearean dialogue by actors off-stage. Daniel Janke's contemporary music score is performed live by the Longest Night Ensemble.
“This show excels on many levels,” Connors said. “It shines a light on an extraordinary piece of cinema history made by a Canadian iconoclast way ahead of her time, features an inter-play between different eras of artistic expression, and showcases the talent and excellence of Yukon musicians, writers, filmmakers and actors for a national audience.”
The Arts Fund supports group projects that foster the creative development of the arts in Yukon. Applications can include arts-related projects submitted by arts collectives, organizations, industry associations and other eligible groups undertaking an activity related to the literary, visual or performing arts.
The next Arts Fund intake deadline is September 17. Applicants are encouraged to consult with staff before applying. For information visit www.tc.gov.yk.ca/af, call 867-667-3535 or toll-free at 1-800-661-0408, extension 3535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See photo and list of June 2012 recipients below.
Yukon Arts Fund recipients from June 15, 2012 intake
|Applicant||Name of Project||Amount Allocated|
|Brave New Works Collective||Brave New Works – Fusion||
|Yukon Film Society||The Grub-Stake Revisited remount and tour||
|Yukon Educational Theatre||INZANITY Community Events||
|North Klondyke Highway Music Society||Klondyke Music School||
|Jazz Yukon Consortium||Dawson City Recording Initiative||
|Suzuki Strings Association of Yukon||Musical and Professional Development in Suzuki Strings Community||
|Sing-Along Messiah Collective||Sing-Along Messiah||
|Dawson City Community Library Board||Print Symposium||
|Yukon Conservation Society||Painting the Trails||
|Art-Lequin Association Théâtre||Cabarets-théâtre||
|Yukon Association for Community Living||Telling Your Story Through Song||
|Danielle Bonneau Collective||Chantons à plein choeur||
|Watson Lake Recreation Centre||Hoppin' Mad Lindy Weekend||
|Yukon Dance Festival Society||Lantern-making workshops||