Government of Yukon

April 14, 2016

Arts Fund supports 12 art projects, reaches milestone with 1000th application

WHITEHORSE—The Government of Yukon is awarding $163,500 to 12 community and arts organizations through the Arts Fund.

“For 15 years, the Arts Fund has been a mainstay in fostering the creative development of the arts in Yukon,” Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor said. “The Yukon government is pleased to support a tremendously diverse array of projects, from festivals and performances to workshops and celebrations that encourage public engagement in the arts.”

The Sundog Acoustic Music Society is one organization to receive a grant. The funds will support the Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop to be held in Whitehorse this June.

“Workshop participants receive first-class, hands-on musical instruction in a relaxed, positive and inclusive environment,” Sundog Acoustic Music Society secretary-treasurer Scott Wilson said. “Participants improve their personal music skills, gain confidence in playing with others and are encouraged to be part of the larger cultural community. We are very appreciative of the Yukon government’s support for this event.”

Varietease is another group to receive funding. It will use the funds to stage Varietease VI: Carnival of the Dead at the Yukon Arts Centre in October.

“Since the first Varietease eight years ago, we are excited to return to the Yukon Arts Centre to present a high-quality cabaret burlesque show,” Varietease creative producer Fiona Solon said. “Support from the Arts Fund means we can continue to develop local talent, explore the creative boundaries of burlesque and entertain Yukoners.”

The Arts Fund has four application intakes per year: March, June, September and December. Eligible applicants include artist collectives, non-profit organizations, community and industry associations, First Nations and municipal governments, school councils and local advisory councils.

Since the program’s launch in 2001, the Arts Fund has contributed more than $7,500,000 in support of 728 group art projects. The December 2015 application intake saw the program mark a milestone as it welcomed its 1000th application.

Learn more: Arts Fund


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Dan Macdonald
Cabinet Communications

Lucie Wright
Communications, Tourism and Culture


Arts Fund – December 2015 intake



Amount Awarded

Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association

Adäka Cultural Festival


Yukon Bluegrass Music Society

Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival


Music Yukon

Arts in the Park


Varietease Collective

Varietease VI: Carnival of the Dead


Liard Aboriginal Women's Society

Celebrating our Youth Achievements through Culture


Yukon Music Camp Society

Yukon Summer Music Camp


Sundog Acoustic Music Society

Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop


Dawson City Music Festival

Yukon Girls Rock Camp


Singalong Messiah Collective

Singalong Messiah


Nicole Rayburn & Veronica Verkley

Cold Cuts Video Festival


Yukon Conservation Society

Created at the Canyon


Yukon Queer Film Alliance

OUT North Queer Film Festival





News Release #16-138