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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

The Yukon Arts Centre Gallery and Box Office will close for the Easter holiday on March 29 and reopen with regular hours on Tuesday April 2, 2013. We will however be open for the following event:

    March 29: Good Friday Service in the Theatre, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Thanks everyone - have a great long weekend!


image credit: katerha - Egg Emoticons

Youth Art Enrichment 2012: Student Exhibition at the Youth Gallery

Youth Art Enrichment 2012: Student Exhibition at the Youth Gallery

Every November, students from across the territory converge on the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) for a week of specialized instruction with practicing, professional artists. KIAC hosts up to 48 Yukon students from grades 8 to 12, who, in addtion to participating in a variety of multidisciplinary workshops, also have the chance to tour the Yukon School of Visual Arts and meet the KIAC artists in residence. This month, the Youth Gallery at YAC is featuring works by last year's students. These pieces were produced during workshops on the Fundamentals of Drawing with Meshell Melvin, Silkscreening 101 with the Klondike Drawing Company, Improv, Acting & More with George Maratos, and Hand Made Films with Morgan Tams.

Learn more about KIAC and the Youth Art Enrichment Program and check out a few photos of the exhibition below!


Youth Gallery presented by Yukon Electrical, an ATCO Company


Risky Business: Inside Look at how Performing Arts directors choose what you see

Risky Business: Inside Look at how Performing Arts directors choose what you see

If you've ever wanted to know the kind of vision that goes into developing a festival or a performing arts season--now is the time for you to find out?  How DO these few people decide WHICH shows will sell in the Yukon?  What helps make their decisions?  Do they hand out surveys asking YOU questions?  Or do they have an insight to Whitehorse patrons that we don't know?  Is it a Crystal Ball?  Or is it a lot of planning and  designing that goes into making these decisions?

When putting together a major festival like Frostbite, or ALFF, or Pivot---is it just a combination of artist availability and price? 

How would you decide which music acts might be popular in the Yukon? 

Is Taste shared?

Can one person KNOW what YOU might like? 

Well, someone has to make those choices in organizations.  You have to have someone(s) in every performing arts organization that makes the kind of fortune-telling guesses that create a successful season.  How do they do it?  What are they thinking about when they decide?  Are they trying to mold your preferences, or are they molded BY your preferences? 

Get inside the minds of four Artistic Directors from Nakai, Yukon Arts Centre, Frostbite, Yukon Film Society and Gwaandak Theatre (yes, four people, five organizations).  Find out how they make choices. Remember, all five are non-profit organizations that exist on grants as well as on ticket sales, aiming to please granting agencies, boards as well as patrons. 

Maybe you'd like to be an Artistic Director someday.  Maybe you just want to know who's to credit for bringing in a show you LOVED (or why they brought one you HATED).  Maybe you just want to know WHAT THEY'RE THINKING.

The Mind of the Artistic Director.  It is a fascinating place.  Starring Eric Epstein, David Skelton, Patti Flather and Andy Connors--moderated by Miche Genest.

For this panel discussion, the Artistic Directors may reveal their tips, their tricks, their thoughts, their fears, their best and worst moments, and how complicated it all is choosing what comes to the Yukon.

Come join us!  Bring questions!  Find out HOW IT ALL WORKS (or doesn't).... WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 5:30pm, OLD FIRE HALL.

Community Gallery Exhibit: We keep it all in by Jen Williams

Community Gallery Exhibit: We keep it all in by Jen Williams


Please join us for the opening reception of "We Keep It All In" new works by Jen Williams. The opening reception is on March 8th from 5-7pm, refreshments and snacks provided. The exhibition runs from March 1 to 30, 2013. Gallery Hours Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 12-5.

Artist Statement
I am one of those people who strolls along your street in the evening, hoping to get a glimpse into your living room. Interior spaces, particularly those of strangers, have long fascinated me. As an introvert, much of my emotional life plays itself out on an interior screen in my mind, hidden to the world at large. “we keep it all in” is a series of mind’s eye pictures that are both impassively archetypal and deeply personal. Scenes of seemingly banal domesticity belie the darker, murkier realm of suppressed memories, nightmares and unspoken fears that seep into, form and shape our collective unconsciousness.

Jen Williams is a photo based artist from Yukon, Canada. She creates staged photographic narratives using familiar socio-cultural icons and archetypes as a means to explore and deconstruct the way we define ourselves, others and our place in the world.