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Announcing: Casey Prescott, CEO of the Yukon Arts Centre

Announcing: Casey Prescott, CEO of the Yukon Arts Centre


May 18, 2017
WHITEHORSE – Casey Prescott will come on board as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Yukon Arts Centre starting September 5, 2017. Casey joins the Yukon Arts Centre with an extensive background in Canadian performing arts. Across his career, Casey has had the opportunity to work with exceptional artists and pieces as an artistic director, arts training program manager, and most recently as Director of Presentations and Community Partnerships at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta. There, he was responsible for managing the annual presenting calendar, collaborating with a team of 10 programming directors. Previously, Casey managed Banff Centre’s Opera, Dance, and Performing Arts Residency Program, which included commissions, co-productions, and creative collaborations with 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Push Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The National Arts Centre, Vancouver Opera, and many more.

In 2014, Casey was the co-artistic director of the Convergence Summit at Banff Centre, an industry focused weekend that explored how art, design, and technology are shaping the future of live performance.

Casey: "I am humbled to be given this opportunity to lead such an impactful cultural facility and programming resource for the Territory. I look forward to working with the Arts Centre's talented staff and connecting with community partners as we begin to explore the possibilities for the future. On a more personal note, I am also thrilled to bring my young family to the North and become a part of such a remarkable and passionate community. "

With several outstanding candidates that interviewed for the Yukon Arts Centre’s CEO position, the Board was determined to find someone who had the skill set to lead the Arts Centre team into their 25th year, but further a leader who understood in their heart how the Yukon community, Indigenous peoples, and the landscape impact and influence the work that is done at the Yukon Arts Centre. Casey Prescott is that leader.

Yukon Arts Centre Corporation Board Chair, Dr. Deb Bartlette: “The Board is very pleased that we were able to hire Casey to be our new CEO and further build on the excellent work of the last 25 years.   Casey is bringing a wealth of experience on both the artistic and the administrative sides of the house, including considerable background in working with indigenous and other communities.   His approach to connecting with diverse communities and groups was particularly attractive to us.    We see Casey as an arts leader for the 21st century.”  






Casey Prescott
Chief Executive Officer
Yukon Arts Centre

Before accepting the role of Yukon Arts Centre CEO, Casey Prescott was the Director of Presentations and Community Partnerships at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and was previously acting director of the Theatre Arts Department from January 2014 to June 2015. He was responsible for managing the annual presenting calendar, which is comprised of over 200 events, collaborating with over 10 programming directors on the multi-disciplinary programming for five performance venues, the Eric Harvie Theatre (959 seats), Margaret Greenham Theatre (250 seats), The Club (150 seats), the Rolston Recital Hall (225 seats) and the Shaw Amphitheatre (1600 capacity).

Casey stewards Bow Valley community partnerships locally with Parks Canada, Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Town of Banff/Canmore and the Rocky Mountain School Board. He currently manages the Banff International String Quartet Competition and produces the Banff Centre’s Children’s Festival (now in its 5th Year), while also producing the annual Performance in the Park, the largest live concert event to happen in Banff National Park, in collaboration with Parks Canada and Banff Lake Louise Tourism, which has featured Walk Off The Earth, Stars, Hey Rosetta, Shad, Serena Ryder, Corb Lund, Sarah Harmer, and Sam Roberts. He has also produced the Legendary Leaders Series which included special “in conversation” events for live audiences and webcast featuring Oliver Stone, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, and a special performance of Shakespeare in Words and Music featuring Christopher Plummer. He also produced the Banff Talks Series which welcomed notable artists such as Robert LePage, Deepa Meehta, Rita Coolidge, Daniel Lanois, Tanya Tagaq, and Lawrence Hill, discussing their artistic practice.

Previously, as Associate Director of Theatre Arts, he managed professional development training programs in Opera, Dance, Spoken Theatre, Musical Theatre, Indigenous Arts, Arts Administration, and the Banff Playwrights Colony. He also managed the workshop development for the Operas Filumena and Frobisher by John Estacio, Composer and John Murrell, Librettist, in collaboration with the Calgary Opera. Recently, he was instrumental in launching the new Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century program, working with artistic director Joel Ivany on introducing a new program that explores opera production in non-traditional spaces.  He has also managed Banff Centre’s Professional Dance programming for over 8 years, supporting the artistic visions of three Program Directors, Brian Macdonald, OC, Lindsay Fischer and Emily Molnar and overseen the commissioning of numerous choreographers through the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award, including Wen Wei Wang, D.A. Hoskins, Peter Quanz, Sabrina Matthews, Donald Sales, Simone Orlando, among others.

Casey also managed Banff Centre’s Performing Arts Residency Program for 10 years, which included creative production collaborations with the Luminato Festival, 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Red Sky Performance, Kahawi Dance Theatre, BJM Danse, Canstage, Push Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Ballet BC, Cork Midsummer Festival, Harbour Front, Ballet BC, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Red Sky Productions, Kidd Pivot, Wen Wei Dance, Alberta Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, The National Arts Centre, The Canada Dance Festival, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, Mirvish Productions, among many others.

In 2014, Casey was the co-artistic director of the Convergence Summit at Banff Centre, an industry focused weekend that explored how art, design, and technology are shaping the future of live performance. In 2013, Casey produced the inaugural Quietest Concert Ever featuring the band Hedley for CBC and Parks Canada, in partnership with Sennheiser Canada.

For two years Casey served as the presenting programmer for The Arden Theatre (St. Albert, AB) overseeing a brand re-design and audience renewal strategy and also produced the Northern Alberta Children’s Festival, Canada’s Largest Children’s Festival. He also produced the Canmore Children's Festival (2009, 2010), and received a professional development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to be a part of the creative production team for the 10 Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania, AUS, in 2009.

Casey currently serves on the board of the Candance Network, and has worked previously at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival and has been engaged as a freelance


Summer Student Job Opportunity

Summer Student Job Opportunity

Gallery Outreach Summer Student Position:  May 23 - August 25 2017



The Internship will offer a work opportunity at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery in presenting/developing visual art exhibitions, managing art programs, and arts administration. Particular focus for this job is Outreach art programming and promoting the Gallery through social media. The intern will have the opportunity to work with Northern art exhibitions, the Adäka Cultural Festival and will be integral to Culture Days planning in the Yukon. Hands-on experience will be gained through working on exhibitions, events and education programs as part of the Gallery Team at the Yukon Arts Centre, with our programming partners in the community and directly with local and visiting artists. The intern will also engage and assist with the administration of Art House Carcross, a satellite gallery venue located in the Carcross Commons in Carcross, YT.

A knowledge and understanding of the vibrant art and culture community in the Yukon will be beneficial, as will the candidate's intention to build a career in the growing cultural industry sector.

Requirements: This position is funded through Young Canada Works and the Canadian Museums Association which states that students must be registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year; intend to return to secondary or post-secondary school on a full-time basis during the next academic year; are between 16 and 30 years of age; legally entitled to work in Canada; and not be working 30 hours or more at another job. Students with disabilities, Aboriginal students and students who are members of a visible minority are encouraged to apply.


Applications of a cover letter and resume may be submitted preferably by e-mail to:">Mary Bradshaw, Gallery Director, Or by mail to Box 16, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5X9 Or dropped off at the Yukon Arts Centre, 300 College Drive, Whitehorse

École Émilie Tremblay and Jack Hulland Elementary School in the ATCO Electric YukonYouth Gallery

École Émilie Tremblay and Jack Hulland Elementary School in the ATCO Electric YukonYouth Gallery

On now until May 31st in the Youth Gallery, we have Émilie Tremblay School’s student art exhibition. The works of art were made throughout the 2016-2017 school year and explore different mediums and techniques that encourage creativity!

Also on display in this exhibition is Yukon Spring!, a collaborative large-scale landscape by grade one students and the Primary Art Club at Jack Hulland Elementary School.

Artists Named for 2017 Chilkoot Trail Residency

Artists Named for 2017 Chilkoot Trail Residency

Parks Canada, together with the Yukon Arts Centre and the US National Park Service, today announced the names of the three artists selected for the 2017 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program. Participants will combine their artistic abilities with a love of the outdoors to offer a unique experience for visitors along the iconic Chilkoot Trail.

Each year, three artists are chosen to participate in this cross-border creative journey – one from Canada, one from the United States and one from Yukon or Alaska. The 2017 program will feature Anthony Wallace (Canada), Cameron Quevedo (United States), and Virginia Mitford (Yukon).

In the program’s seventh consecutive year, artists will hike the historic route of Tlingit traders and turn-of-the-century prospectors from the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Alaska to the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in Canada. By creating art on the trail and leading workshops and art talks in nearby communities afterwards, these artists will bring contemporary art to new and wider audiences and inspire an appreciation for the legacy of the Chilkoot Trail across both countries.


“We are proud to welcome Anthony, Cameron and Virginia to the 2017 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency, and we thank them for inspiring Canadians and visitors to enjoy Canada’s national treasures through their art. Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150. This program provides a unique opportunity to learn more about our diversity, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples in Yukon.”
The Honourable Larry Bagnell
Member of Parliament for Yukon

“The 2017 Chilkoot Trail Artists in Residence bring a diverse range of skills and mediums to this unique backcountry residency, from storytelling through watercolours to media art and film-making. We can’t wait to see how the Chilkoot Trail will shape their future work.”
Mary Bradshaw
Gallery Director/Curator Yukon Arts Centre

“The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency helps more people connect to Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park and its many different stories. The artists help translate the experiences of traders, packers, and stampeders into visual art that transcends geography and language. Through their work, the artists reach people who may not be able to hike the Chilkoot Trail or who may have never heard of the site or its stories. The program raises public consciousness about the park and about art, public lands, and stewardship overall.”
Mike Tranel
Superintendent, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, US National Park Service

Quick Facts

  • Anthony Wallace is a composer, sound artist and filmmaker. Anthony’s music has been played on the CBC radio, his sound installations have toured nationally, and he has worked on film/TV productions for CBC, APTN, Vision TV and Historica Canada. Anthony obtained an Honours BFA in composition from York University and is the founder of Studio 110 a multimedia production company based out of Toronto. He will be on the trail June 22-July 5.
  • Cameron Quevedo is a filmmaker and ethnomusicologist currently based in Austin, Texas. His most recent film, El Tucán, has screened in both the U.S. and Mexico, and will be traveling the festival circuit through 2017. Cameron holds an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas, as well as an MC in Indigenous Documentary Film and an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington in Seattle. He will be on the trail June 29-July 12.
  • Virginia Mitford is an emerging Yukon artist. Her childhood, spent on a remote trapline in the Yukon with her family and dog-team, has had a huge influence on her art. Working with a variety of media, namely printmaking, photography and drawing, she examines her own personal history within broader concepts of feminism, nostalgia and change. After graduating from Memorial University with a BFA in Visual Arts, Virginia has taken part in artist residencies in Montreal and Newfoundland. She will be on the trail July 5-18.

Related Links

Parks Canada Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program

Yukon Arts Centre

National Park Service


Mary Bradshaw
Gallery Director/Curator
Yukon Arts Centre
867-667 8485

Sarah Frey
Marketing & Development Director
Yukon Arts Centre

Stella Patera
Public Outreach Education Officer
Parks Canada Agency

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


Annonce des noms des artistes choisis pour le Programme d’artistes en résidence de la piste Chilkoot de 2017

Trois artistes visuels ont été choisis pour participer à un programme d’arts unique sur la piste Chilkoot

De concert avec le Centre des arts du Yukon et le Service national des parcs des États-Unis, Parcs Canada a annoncé aujourd’hui le nom de trois artistes choisis pour l’édition 2017 du Programme d’artistes en résidence de la piste Chilkoot. Les participants combineront leurs talents artistiques avec leur amour du plein air pour offrir une expérience unique aux visiteurs qui parcourront l’emblématique piste Chilkoot.
Chaque année, trois artistes – un du Canada, un des États-Unis et un du Yukon ou de l’Alaska – sont sélectionnés afin de participer à un parcours de création transfrontalière. L’édition 2017 mettra en valeur Anthony Wallace (Canada), Cameron Quevedo (États-Unis) et Virginia Mitford (Yukon).
Dans le cadre de la septième année consécutive du Programme, les artistes suivront le parcours historique des commerçants tlingits et des prospecteurs du début du siècle. Ils partiront du parc historique national de la Ruée-vers-l’Or-du-Klondike, en Alaska, et se rendront jusqu’au lieu historique national de la Piste-Chilkoot, au Canada. Ces artistes, en créant des œuvres d’art sur la piste et en animant par la suite des ateliers ainsi que des discussions sur les arts dans les villes environnantes, permettront de sensibiliser davantage de gens aux arts contemporains. Ils aideront également le public à mieux comprendre la valeur du patrimoine de la piste Chilkoot qui sillonne deux pays.


« C’est avec fierté que nous accueillons Anthony, Cameron et Virginia dans le Programme d’artistes en résidence de la piste Chilkoot de 2017. Nous les remercions d’inspirer la population canadienne et les visiteurs, par l’entremise des arts, à profiter des trésors nationaux du Canada. Ce programme offre l’occasion aux gens d’en apprendre davantage sur notre diversité, y compris l’histoire, les cultures et les contributions des peuples autochtones du Yukon. »

L’honorable Larry Bagnell
Député du Yukon

« L’édition 2017 du Programme d’artistes en résidence de la piste Chilkoot rassemble une vaste gamme de talents et de moyens d’expression, où la narration, l’aquarelle, les médias et le cinéma se côtoient, dans un paysage unique de l’arrière-pays. Nous sommes impatients de voir les futures œuvres des artistes qui participeront à la résidence en 2017. »

Mary Bradshaw
Directrice et conservatrice de galerie, Centre des arts du Yukon

« Le Programme d’artistes en résidence de la piste Chilkoot contribue à ce qu’un plus grand nombre de gens établissent des liens avec le parc historique international de la Ruée-vers-l’Or-du-Klondike et ses différents récits. Les artistes traduisent en art visuel les expériences des commerçants, des porteurs et des prospecteurs. Ces œuvres transcendent la géographie et la langue. Par l’entremise de leur travail, les artistes communiquent avec des personnes qui ne sont peut-être pas en mesure de parcourir la piste Chilkoot ou qui n’ont jamais entendu parler de l’endroit ou de ses origines. Le Programme sensibilise le public au parc ainsi qu’aux arts, aux terres publiques et à l’intendance en général. »

Mike Tranel
Directeur, parc historique national de la Ruée-vers-l’Or-du-Klondike, Service national des parcs des États-Unis

Faits en bref

Anthony Wallace est un compositeur, un artiste du son et un cinéaste. La musique d’Anthony a joué à la CBC radio, ses installations sonores ont fait le tour du pays et il a travaillé au cinéma et à la télévision pour CBC, APTN, Vision TV et Historica Canada. Anthony possède un baccalauréat en beaux-arts avec spécialisation en composition de l’Université York et il est le fondateur du Studio 110, une entreprise de production multimédia de Toronto. Il sera sur la piste du 22 juin au 5 juillet.

Cameron Quevedo est un cinéaste et un ethnomusicologue qui habite actuellement à Austin, au Texas. Son plus récent film, El Tucán, a été présenté aux États-Unis et au Mexique et fera partie du circuit des festivals en 2017. Cameron possède une maîtrise en beaux-arts (réalisation de films) de l’Université du Texas ainsi qu’une maîtrise en communication (documentaires autochtones) et une maîtrise en arts (ethnomusicologie) de l’Université de Washington à Seattle. Il sera sur la piste du 29 juin au 12 juillet.

Virginia Mitford est une artiste en devenir du Yukon. Son enfance passée dans un territoire de piégeage éloigné du Yukon avec sa famille et ses chiens de traîneaux a eu une influence importante sur la pratique de son art. Elle travaille avec divers supports, soit la gravure, la photographie et le dessin. Elle examine sa propre histoire en explorant les concepts du féminisme, de la nostalgie et du changement. Après avoir obtenu un baccalauréat en beaux-arts (arts visuels) de l’Université Memorial, Virgina a participé à des programmes d’artistes en résidence à Montréal et à Terre-Neuve. Elle sera sur la piste du 5 au 18 juillet.

Liens connexes

Lieu historique national du Canada de la Piste-Chilkoot

Programme d’artistes en résidence de la piste Chilkoot

Centre des arts du Yukon (en anglais seulement)

Service national des parcs (en anglais seulement)


Mary Bradshaw
Directrice et conservatrice de galerie
Centre des arts du Yukon

Sarah Frey
directrice de marketing

Stella Patera
Agente, éducation du public et diffusion externe
Agence Parcs Canada

Relations avec les médias
Agence Parcs Canada

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