Government of Yukon

June 18, 2013

Arts Fund supports community engagement in the arts

WHITEHORSE—Eleven arts organizations will share more than $102,000 from the Arts Fund in support of artistic development, cultural diversity and community participation.

“The Arts Fund supports events and projects that foster cultural connections and community development through participation in the arts,” Tourism and Culture Mike Nixon said. “This group of recipients reflects a variety of art forms, cultures and regions of Yukon, and we are pleased to support their work.”

The Teslin Tlingit Council is receiving $20,000 for the Ha Kus Teyea Celebration taking place this summer. Since 2009 this gathering has brought together Inland and Coastal Tlingit to celebrate shared traditions and family connections that strengthen Tlingit culture.

“The third bi-annual celebration is a unique opportunity in which visitors can experience the Tlingit language and traditions via the visual arts, performance art, demonstrations/workshops, storytelling and First Nation dance and song,” Teslin Tlingit Council Community Arts Coordinator Melaina Sheldon said. “From our colourful opening ceremony to our heartfelt farewell, we hope to build and strengthen relationships through celebration and experience.”

The Lorne Mountain Community Association (LMCA) is receiving $5,740 for the Sunshine Art series this summer. Two outdoor events and one indoor event will showcase and develop the skills of established and emerging artists in the Mount Lorne community.

“This funding helps us nurture youth in the creative pursuits of music, circus and culinary arts,” LMCA President Sharon Hickey said. “Our youth will learn new skills as well as the discipline to plan, focus, work in teams and celebrate their accomplishments. By participating in these artistic programs they will also be contributing to our community and building on their sense of belonging, which will add to their resumés as citizens of tomorrow."

The Arts Fund is available to art collectives, organizations, industry associations and other eligible groups for projects related to the literary, visual or performing arts. There are four application intake deadlines per year: March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15.

For more information on arts funding opportunities, visit


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Matthew Grant
Cabinet Communications
Karen Keeley
Communications, Tourism and Culture

Arts Fund March 15, 2013 Recipients



Project description



Northern Opry Project Group

Grand Ole Northern Opry two night concert event



Teslin Tlingit Council

2013 Ha Kus Teyea Celebration, "Part of the Land, Part of the Water"



Dawson City Community Library Board

Dawson Daily News print and publishing symposium



Extremely Moving Youth Society

Choreographic Connections dance project



Whitehorse Photography Club

Whitehorse Photography Club fall workshop



Northern Impact Dance Ensemble

Northern Vibe 3-day dance intensive workshop



Association théâtre Art'lequin

On n'est pas des grenouilles - cabaret théâtre



Friends of the Dempster Country Society

Art Magic in Tombstone, local artists interacting with visiting public



Lorne Mountain Community Association

Sunshine Art event series 2013 at Lorne Mountain Community Centre



Association franco-yukonnaise

Cultural and Artistic Celebrations for St-Jean Baptiste Day



Haines Junction Campus and Yukon College

Build your own Djembe and learn how to play it






News Release #13-157