Government of Yukon

February 24, 2015

Arts Fund encourages public engagement in performing arts

WHITEHORSE—Four Yukon performing arts groups are receiving support through the Arts Fund for projects targeting a diverse audience.

“The Arts Fund is a significant source of funding for a wide range of projects,” Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor said. “These performing arts projects reflect a vibrant arts community that is filled with creative individuals representing Yukon’s diverse cultures.”

The following projects are among a total of 13 receiving support through the Arts Fund from the September 2014 intake:

  • Whitehorse Nuit Blanche Collective – $13,000 – Whitehorse Nuit Blanche, a free all-night contemporary art event featuring original works by northern artists.
  • Les EssentiElles – $12,500 – Je parle français and I Love in English, a play reflecting the lives of Yukon women reuniting to mark the 20th anniversary of Les EssentiElles.
  • Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon – $12,000 – Taiko drumming, an event featuring the ancient Japanese form of percussion, featuring Uzume Taiko, Canada’s first professional Taiko drumming group.
  • Brave New Works Collective – $7,000 – Brave New Works, a presentation of interdisciplinary work that interprets the theme of nostalgia.

“We were very pleased to receive funding through the Arts Fund in order to bring an internationally renowned Taiko drumming group to Whitehorse for an evening performance and workshops,” Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon president Fumi Torigai said.

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.

A complete list of recipients is available on the Arts Fund homepage.

Learn more: 
Arts Fund



Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications

Stefanie Richardson
Communications, Tourism and Culture

News Release #15-058