In The Works: Community Gallery

In The Works: Community Gallery

An exhibition of four emerging Yukon First Nations artists, each finding unique ways of expressing their culture, pushing personal and aesthetic boundaries, and navigating a self determined sustainable art practices.

Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery
December 6 - January 4

Kaylyn Baker - @nanamomma

Kaylyn Baker is a proud Northern Tutchone and Tlingit woman
from the Yukon. She is of the Raven Clan, and a citizen of Selkirk First
Nation. She has spent much time living in the Yukon as well as Alaska. As an
avid beader she uses various textiles to create her own designs, translating
her work into cuffs, mukluks, moccasins,
capes and purses, among many other things. At a young age, Kaylyn developed an
interest in visual arts including painting, pottery and photography. Her
mother, Charlene Baker, was a student at Emily Carr University of Art and
Design and University of Alaska Southeast where Kaylyn joined her mom in the
classes and fully took part! These formative years exposed her to a variety of
visual art mediums. Although her love of beadwork endures.


My traditional Tlingit name means, “Always digging around
looking for something” which is funny because that’s what I do every day.
Digging around for materials & ideas looking for ways to bring my artwork to
life. I’ve been surrounded by art ever since I was young. I watched my mom
sculpt an exact replica of her face and it blew my mind. She was always
creating things and now I feel like I know where she was coming from. I’m
constantly excited to try new things, especially now that I’ve realized that
it’s not impossible to create the things I see in my mind. As I’m creating I
imagine how I can transfer moments of beauty to the piece in front of me, so
specific moments of my life and the story I imagined exist forever in each
piece and I think that’s pretty cool.

Tamika Knutson - @boreal.jewellery

Tamika Knutson is a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in artist from Dawson
City, Yukon who attended Yukon SOVA, and transferred to complete her degree at
NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in April 2017. She has since worked at
her local arts organization, exhibited her art around the territory as well as
participated in markets and festivals. After spending a summer working as a
full-time artist she recently started working as an Arts Advisor at the Yukon
Government and continues to pursue her art practice in her spare time. Her
current work continues to explore traditional First Nations craft and


I’ve always felt the need to make and I have
learned that art is the language that let me to express ideas or messages in a
way that I might not be able to with words. Art has allowed me to access
knowledges and histories through materials, techniques and images. I continue
to create because I feel I have more to learn about art and myself and more to
contribute to visual conversation.

Cole Pauls - @tundrawizard

Cole Pauls is a Tahltan comic artist, illustrator and
printmaker hailing from Haines Junction (Yukon Territory) with a BFA in
Illustration from Emily Carr University. Residing in Vancouver, Pauls focuses
on his two comic series, the first being Pizza Punks: a self contained comic
strip about punks eating pizza, the other is called Dakwäkãda Warriors, which
is about two Southern Tutchone Earth Protectors saving the earth from evil
pioneers and cyborg sasquatches using language revitalization.


At a very young age, I knew I wanted to be an artist.
Illustrating something gave me power that I could create and tell my own
stories, so it was a natural progression to create my own comics. I wanted to
create stories that would inspire future generations to create their own
narrative and express themselves. When I was a child, Chris Caldwell’s
“Alsek ABC’s” childrens book influenced me heavily to make my own
story located in Haines Junction. I was so impressed there was a book based in
my hometown and told a story about living there. I wanted my book to have the
same effect on future generations as the Alsek ABC’s book did on me. So I took
it on myself to create Dakwäkãda Warriors. I know I am the next generation that
will have to continue our language, our culture and who we are, so why not
create a book that shares our story. Yukon First Nations culture deserves to be
preserved and its necessary to be practiced if we want it to live onto future

Lorraine Wolfe

Lorraine is Inland Tlingit of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. Her clan is
Dakhl’awèdí [Killer Whale]. Her Tlingit name is Yeikunasheen. Lorraine’s Maternal Grandmother was Tagish and Maternal Grandfather was Tlingit from Juneau, Alaska. Her father is of German/English descent. Her childhood was spent at Fransic Lake,YT where her family made a point of instilling the importance of hard work, being self-sufficient and living off the land hunting, fishing & trapping. Lorraine has lived most of her life in the small Tlingit community of Teslin, YT and raised her children in the traditional culture ways. Although she is new to carving, art has always been a part of her upbringing. As a young girl her mother taught her how to bead & sew traditional garments, later on assisting in sewing traditional regalia created by her brother. Lorraine’s journey to becoming a carver began in the fall of 2015, when she attended the Freda Deising Northwest Coast Fine Arts Program in Terrace BC, receiving a diploma in the spring 2017. She was taught by Master Carvers Stan Bevan and Ken McNeil. Also having the privilege of being mentored by Grand Master Dempsey Bob, who was also her eldest brother Master Carver Keith Wolfe-Smarch’s teacher in the early 80’s. Lorraine’s goal is to work towards being in a place where she can carve full time. Her brother’s commitment and passion gives her the strength to continue on this journey.


I have always had a strong interest in traditional Tlingit art, since it is a refection of both my culture and identity. I carve in honour of our ancestors before us and all that they had endured, for us to be where we stand today. My strength come’s from the strong women through the generations; my grandmother Mary Smarch [nee Atlin]; my mother Sarah Wolfe [nee Smarch] my sister Diane Wolfe and my daughter Jewel Davies. We as First Nations people, through our art, our song’s and our history, will stand and be a proud people once again…. we will leave our mark.

Now Hiring: Venue Technician AUDIO

Now Hiring: Venue Technician AUDIO

Status: Permanent, Full-time, Flex-time, Varied Shift Work

The Venue Technician (Audio) is an integral part of the Yukon Arts Centre production team, which is comprised of two full-time venue technicians, one part-time emerging technician, and casual staff/volunteers. The Venue Technician (Audio) works within a small team environment which is managed by the Director of Production and is expected to be self-motivated, organized, pro-active and have broad experience to support an eclectic season which is comprised of presentations, conferences, community events, festivals, a residency program, and special events. The primary focus of the Venue Technician is audio, and will be expected to have knowledge of current audio equipment/software, live event audio mixing as well as a working knowledge of stage lighting and stage carpentry. The Yukon Arts Centre supports three venues, The Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage Proscenium Theatre, the Old Fire Hall (Black Box Venue) and The Wharf (outdoor venue).
The Venue Technician (Audio) is not limited to audio tasks and will be expected to be part of the larger crew when loading in and striking shows as well as venue maintenance. At times, the Venue Technician (Audio) may be called upon to lead crews and create work plans for shows in consultation with the Director of Production.

The Venue Technician (Audio) will be expected to contribute to production administration duties as assigned by the Director of Production, which may include internal/external reports, advancing shows, financial reconciliations, expense claims, grant applications etc.
The production team supports the @YAC residency program which offers venue and labour support for Yukon artists and companies. This program is designed to encourage the creation and production of new and existing works in dance, theatre, music, music theatre and interdisciplinary performance. The Venue Technician (Audio) will be expected to participate in creating a supportive and collaborative space with artists and technical design teams during these residencies.
The Venue Technician (audio) will be expected to support all audio production technical needs of Yukon Arts Centre, ensure consistent and positive customer service, train and manage casual and volunteer technical crew, and track and maintain current audio equipment inventory.

Position History:
This position is an amendment of the Resident Technician position originally created for the April 1, 1997 PSAC Collective Agreement and revised in August 2010.

Results to be achieved:
1) Ensure that all audio equipment is in good working order and that the expectations of the artists and clients are achieved.
2) Ensure that the technical aspects of all productions run smoothly. This may include training and managing rental clients, volunteers and technical crew with little experiance.
3) Ensure that clients, staff and volunteers operate safely and in accordance with Yukon Arts Centre policy and procedure guidelines.
4) Ensure effective and timely communications internally among Yukon Arts Centre staff and externally with Yukon Arts Centre clients.
5) Ensure good morale and teamwork among stage crew and volunteers.
6) Ensure that both professional touring artist’s and local artist’s production needs are met or exceeded.
7) Ensure that relations with local arts groups and performers are managed with diplomacy, patience and a lack of complaint.
1) In the absence of the Director of Production liaise with clients, presenters or artists to determine technical requirements. Ensure that information is shared among staff as may be required.
2) Prepare for, set-up, manage and operate presentations as may be required.
3) Facilitate the effective use of theatre’s technical systems to maximize the quality of any presentation.
4) Maintain and operate sound (primarily) and lighting, rigging and other theatrical equipment as may be required.
5) Supervise and/or Train casual crew/volunteers and the emerging technician, as assigned.
6) Ensure that all production related paperwork is completed in a timely fashion including show reports, time sheets etc.
7) Maintain the stage, shop and related areas in clean and safe condition.
8) In consultation with the Director of Production, plan and execute equipment and systems maintenance. Advise the Director of Production on Capital or Major Maintenance requirements.
9) Foresee and avert potentially dangerous situations.
10) All Yukon Arts Centre employees shall be sign off on the Respect in the Work Place Policy, Drug and Alcohol Policy, and Health and Safety regulations published by the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board.
11) Support the coordination, training and organizing of technical volunteers.
Supervision of staff/volunteers/Emerging Technician
Casual Stage Hands
Technical Volunteers
Emerging Technician
Supervision of Budget
No direct supervision of budget
Provide advice to the Director of Production in preparing annual budget and capital budget.

Dress Blacks (slacks, shirt and shoes) are required when working in front of the public.
1) Knowledge:
a) Graduation from a recognized theatre technical programme (college or university) or equivalent experience.
b) Knowledge of current audio equipment/software and live event audio mixing.
c) Knowledge of stage lighting and stage rigging for the theatre.
d) Knowledge of theatre production protocols
e) Basic carpentry and electrical training
2) Skills:
a) Competent, self sufficient audio mixing and operation
b) Basic lighting installation, design
c) Basic operation and management of stage elements
d) Basic scenic shop skills
e) Good time management and the ability to schedule others
f) Basic production administration
g) Supervision of stage crew
h) Production planning and scheduling
3) Abilities:
a) Effective verbal and written communication
b) Self motivating and able to inspire others
c) Ability to work well with other technical staff and Yukon Arts Centre Staff
d) Ability to share knowledge, teach and in turn learn
e) Ability to work efficiently under stress and maintain a good sense of humour
f) Ability to adapt to a variety of client or artist demands
g) Ability to analyse technical problems and offer effective solutions
h) Ability to operate in a multi-cultural environment
i) Ability to work effectively with non-professional volunteers

Status: Permanent, Full-time, Flex-time, Varied Shift Work
Probation term of six months
Rate of Pay: $22.24/hour increasing to $23.14 after completion of successful 6-month probation.
Benefits: as per PSAC agreement Article 45
Annual Leave: as per PSAC agreement Article 28
Hours of Work: 40 hours
Effective Date: TBA

Please forward resume & cover letter to Casey Prescott, CEO:

Art Hop - November 14th, 4-7pm

Art Hop - November 14th, 4-7pm

Come to a night of art making on Wednesday Nov. 14th from 4-7pm at the Yukon Arts Centre. This is a free event, no registration required. 5 local artists will lead various activities at different stations.

Average ages 4-17. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A Study of Cloth and Beads by Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

A Study of Cloth and Beads by Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Inspired by the exhibition catalogue for Native Fashion Now produced by the Peabody Essex Museum, the initial idea for A Study of Cloth and Beads was born. With no background in fashion, I wondered how the artists featured in Native Fashion Now discovered which fabrics worked well with beadwork. I wanted to study it myself and see if there were any new materials I could work with in the future.
For many beadwork artists, melton (a felt-like fabric) is often the fabric of choice when doing a large beadwork project. I had learned to work with tires and hubcaps with beadwork, but I hadn’t used many fabrics. I sought out the opportunity to study something new as well as present my findings to the public. With a background in social science, I’ve been craving a good research project.
Initially I asked myself: Which fabrics would work well with beadwork? Which ones wouldn’t? and Which ones would I be surprised with? After completing the work, I’ve discovered that I do not enjoy working with fabrics that have static or become wrinkled easily. I also would have benefitted from using an embroidery hoop for cotton fabrics that preferred to stretch. Fabrics with loose fibres, such as burlap or lace, are in no way ideal for beadwork however I enjoy the effect they can provide to the artwork.
Discover for yourself how far beadwork can go.

A Study of Cloth and Beads
Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Nov 2 - Dec 3 | Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery
Opening Reception: Nov 2, 5pm

About the Artist

Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé (b. 1992) is a proud member of the White River First Nation of Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada and Alaska. Her beadwork is inspired by the strong women in her life, her mother, aunts, and grandmothers and the support of the caring men in her life, her partner, father, uncles, cousins, and grandfathers. Teresa is mostly a self-taught artist however her Grandma Marilyn, an Upper Tanana Elder and residential school Survivor, encouraged her to start by providing her with supplies, examples, and templates. The purpose of the residential schools was to strip Indigenous children of their culture and amalgamate them into “society.” Many Survivors of the schools had to relearn their languages and cultures, including Teresa’s Grandmother. Knowing the importance of cultural revitalization Teresa’s Grandmother encouraged her to bead and sew.

Teresa defines herself as an Upper Tanana contemporary visual artist. She primarily works with beads, hides, bones, quills, and antlers. Her collection includes beaded and quilled hubcaps, a beaded pylon and shoe, quilled deer skull, etc. Teresa incorporates her Upper Tanana culture in all the work she creates. She is not afraid of being different and ensures each piece she creates is unique and imaginative. 
In 2016, Teresa received a prestigious YVR Youth Scholarship award. The artwork created with the scholarship has now been accepted into the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. In the fall of 2017, Teresa began Project Hue, an online chronicle of light-hued Indigenous Peoples through photography and experiences, involving prejudice, their relationship with racism, and lateral violence. Most recently, Teresa collaborated with artist, Nicole Bauberger, in creating Raven-inspired sculptural works from tire remnants found on the side of the Alaska Highway. The two received a $50k Canada Council for the Arts Creating, Knowing, and Sharing grant which allowed them to begin the project earlier this year.

Teresa is a member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and Yukon Arts Society.

Whitehorse Concert Postponed

Whitehorse Concert Postponed

We regret to announce that this week’s presentation (October 23 & 24) of the band Whitehorse at the Yukon Arts Centre are postponed due to a family emergency in the band. We will be rescheduling both shows, with new dates to be announced in the coming days. All previously purchased tickets will be honoured for the new performance dates. If current ticketholders are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, a refund will be issued.

Should current ticketholders require an immediate refund, they are available as follows:

Yukon Arts Centre Box Office
Phone: (867) 667-8574

Over the coming days, Yukon Arts Centre staff will be contacting ticketholders via telephone, where possible, to inform them of the new date. Updated information will also be available at and on Yukon Arts Centre social media channels.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move to assist all our patrons in a timely fashion.


Casey Prescott
Yukon Arts Centre