Government of Yukon

January 21, 2016

Arts Fund supports new creative work

WHITEHORSE—Ten organizations across the territory have been awarded a total of $134,285 from the Arts Fund’s September intake to support the creation of new artistic projects and workshops.

“Yukon has an exceptional community of creative talent. These imaginative and innovative projects provide great benefits and enjoyment to a wide cross-section of people in the territory,” Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor said. “The Yukon government recognizes the importance of the arts and is very pleased to provide support through the Arts Fund.”

The Larrikin Entertainment Ensemble, a group of Yukon theatre professionals, received $10,000. The group will stage its first production, a dark comedy titled Often I Find That I am Naked by Australian playwright Fiona Sprott.

"Larrikin Entertainment Ensemble is thrilled to have our skills as theatre artists endorsed and supported by the Arts Fund,” Larrikin Entertainment Ensemble artistic executive producer Katherine McCallum said. “We are excited to be presenting our inaugural production in January and would not have been able to do this without the assistance of the Arts Fund and the Yukon theatre-loving community. Thank you!"

The Art for Teslin project received $1,085 to bring two Yukon artists to Teslin to hold workshops. Claudia MacPhee held a silk scarf-dyeing workshop and Peter Mather delivered a photography class.

"The Arts Fund has enabled Teslin to bring interesting programs from two very talented Yukon artists to our small, rural community this year. It has been thrilling to be able to offer these programs to our citizens,” Village of Teslin recreation programmer Nadine Peters said. “The Arts Fund enthusiastically supported these ideas from start to finish and our community is very grateful for the opportunities the fund has provided to us. It is really exciting to see great arts projects like these being supported in the communities.”

The Arts Fund supports group projects that advance arts development in Yukon. Arts collectives, organizations, industry associations and other groups may apply.

There are four application intakes each year in March, June, September and December. The most recent intake was December 15, 2015, and the recipients will be announced by March 2016.

Learn more: Arts Fund


See list of funding recipients below.


Dan Macdonald
Cabinet Communications

Lucie Wright
Communications, Tourism and Culture


Arts Fund Recipients, September 2015 Intake

Snow Sculpture Yukon Society

Whitehorse International Snow Sculpture Challenge 2016


Friends of the Palace Grand Society

A Klondike Home Companion


Gwaandak Theatre, Nakai Theatre and W.I.T.

Yukon Theatre Programming for Magnetic North Theatre Festival


North Klondyke Highway Music Society

2015-16 Klondyke Music School Program


D60 Collective

Whitehorse Nuit Blanche 2016


Brave New Works Collective

Brave New Works: Brief Encounters


Larrikin Entertainment Ensemble

Often I Find That I Am Naked by Fiona Sprott


Kluane Quilters Guild

Art Quilting: Creating Depth, Drama and Contrast


Yukon School of Visual Arts - Yukon College

Indexes of the Land: Aboriginal Artists Lecture-Workshop series


Village of Teslin

Arts for Teslin





News Release #16-019