Government of Yukon

March 17, 2015

More than $130,000 in arts funding awarded to 12 Yukon groups

WHITEHORSE—Twelve groups from across Yukon are sharing more than $130,000 in funding for arts projects ranging from music workshops to jewelry making to traditional storytelling.

“The Arts Fund is supporting a diverse range of organizations and projects,” Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor said. “Our government places great value on the arts and its positive impact on our quality of life. This funding continues to support a vibrant arts community in creating work and coordinating events that bring Yukoners together.”

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in will receive $13,000 for the project Our Traditions – Our Life, a series of events that will increase people’s knowledge of the First Nation’s heritage and culture through sewing, beading, drumming and storytelling.

“This project will benefit all members of the community by helping them build strong cultural connections through the arts and positive intergenerational relationships,” Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Enhancement coordinator Ricky Mawunganidze said. “These workshops will focus on increasing people’s awareness of heritage and culture, and the important role they play in empowering people and promoting a healthy lifestyle.”

The December 2014 intake is also supporting projects by Music Yukon, the Yukon Conservation Society, the Campbell Region Economic Development Organization and the Teslin Tlingit Council for its Hà Kus Teyea cultural celebration in July.

The Arts Fund supports projects that foster the creative development of the arts in Yukon communities. The application intake deadlines are the 15th of March, June, September and December.

Learn more: 
Arts Fund

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Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications

Stefanie Richardson
Communications, Tourism and Culture


Arts Fund – December 15, 2014 intake

Applicant Name of Project Amount Recommended
Music Yukon  Arts in the Park


Teslin Tlingit Council 2015 Hà Kus Teyea Celebration


Dawson City Community Library Dawson Daily News Print and Publishing Symposium, 4th Edition


Yukon Music Camp Society Yukon Summer Music Camp


Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Our Traditions - Our Life


First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun The "Come Walk With Us" Storybook


Town of Watson Lake Watson Lake Arts in the Park


Yukon China Community Association Shaolin Martial Art Event


Sundog Acoustic Music Society Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop 2015


Yukon Conservation Society Created at the Canyon


Campbell Region Economic Development Organization Faro Intro to Jewelry Construction


Marsh Lake Community Society Leaping Lakers – 3 days of dance





News Release #15-089