Government of Yukon

November 26, 2013

Community art projects supported through Arts Fund

WHITEHORSE—Twelve Yukon organizations are receiving a total of $141,604 in funding from the Yukon government for projects encouraging participation in the arts and community engagement.

“Projects supported by Arts Fund provide many opportunities to take part in the territory’s vibrant cultural scene,” Minister of Tourism and Culture Mike Nixon said. “Whether they are creating art, learning new skills or enjoying a performance as audience members, Yukoners of all ages are building stronger relationships and communities through their participation in these activities and events.”

Mellisa Murray and Zoe Verhees are receiving $8,000 to produce Brave New Works, a multidisciplinary performance called Colours. Murray and Verhees are collaborating with Claire Ness who will mentor the producers, and with local playwright and dramaturge Celia McBride who will provide advice and critique performers.

“We are excited to be reviving Brave New Works and providing a unique forum for both established and emerging artists to showcase new and experimental work,” Murray said. “Together with Claire and Celia we will produce an original, professional performance featuring Yukon talent.”

“We also hope to have participants from as many artistic disciplines and communities as possible,” Verhees added. “When Colours is performed in March 2014, audiences will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the artists who can then develop their work further.”

Kluane First Nation members will be creating a mural with $15,323 in support from the Arts Fund. The project will include a series of workshops by artists and Elders to provide instruction, inspiration and guidance to participating community members.

“The project encourages people of all ages and all levels of artistic ability to work with each other through workshops to create a vibrant expression of art. A mural will be developed with skilled artisans to be showcased in the heart of Burwash Landing,” Kluane First Nation executive director Roberta Martell said. “The project will engage the whole community in celebrating our arts and cultural traditions, honouring our ancestors and homeland, and looking forward to a bright future.”

The Arts Fund supports projects that foster the development of the arts in Yukon communities. The next application deadline is December 15.

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Government of Yukon funding and awards opportunities:


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Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications

Heather LeDuc
Communications, Tourism and Culture


Backgrounder – Arts Fund September 15, 2013 Recipients





Donald Watt Collective

11th International Snow Sculpture Challenge in Whitehorse


Community Choir of Whitehorse Society

Yukon Choral Composition Project


Kluane First Nation

Burwash Art Mural Project


North Klondyke Highway Music Society

2013-14 Klondyke Music Program


Boys and Girls Club of Yukon

Creating an artistic outlet for young artists


Sundog Acoustic Music Society

Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Camp


Monique Romeiko and
Aimée Dawn Robinson

Whitehorse Nuit Blanche


Northern Lights School of Dance

2013 community tour of The Nutcracker


Melissa Murray and Zoe Verhees

Brave New Works Presents: Colours


Gwaandak Theatre

Paradise play development and master classes


“It’s Going to Happen” collective

Dawson City Youth Musical


Yukon College Extension Division, Ross River Campus

Visual arts workshops in Ross River





News Release #13-301