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Joe Sims, 2015


Foundation Year Students from the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) created an imaginative and eclectic collection of drawings for their annual student art exhibition in Whitehorse.

Disconnection features the collaborations and independent work of the SOVA visual arts students, who explored several techniques of drawing using a variety of media.  Wrapped along the walls of the Community Gallery are the two projects students completed this year.

The first collection of drawings consists of independent musings on obituaries from across Canada printed in newspapers and online. Students were tasked with representing a deceased individual with whom they had had no connection with in the person’s lifetime.

Jon Vanneste, 2015

Maxwell Simms found a challenge in relating to the individual as the style of the obituary tends to be “flat, vague [and] obscure”. Techniques of drawing such as smudging were used to express this unease.

Maxwell Sims, 2015

Across the next wall is displayed a series of exquisite corpse style drawings. This fun and playful method was enjoyed by 20th century surrealist artists, and can be manipulated using images or words.  To create these collaborative pieces, artists connect with the drawing using a few vague visual clues left by the last artist.

This group exhibition includes work by Isabel Burgwin, Robin Henry, Courtney Holmes, Ben Lamarche, Andrea Pelletier, Joe Sims, Max Sims, Jon Vanneste and Carly Woolner.

Don’t miss your last chance to see the engaging exhibition Disconnection in the Community Gallery of the Yukon Arts Centre! Disconnection remains on display until March 31, 2015.

Power of the People: Yukon Arts Summit Makes Change

Power of the People: Yukon Arts Summit Makes Change

Breakout sessions brought people together to reflect and to pollinate new thinking.


By Inga Petri 

Article originally published on Strategic Moves Blog December 4, 2014 and reproduced with permission of the author. 


Over 100 performing and visual arts presenters from across Yukon gathered during four days in November to develop concrete action plans for a strong, unified arts sector. The summit was designed to create a space where all participants would shape the outcomes – at once encouraging collaboration and inviting each person’s leadership. It was remarkable to be a witness – and contributor – to this process.

The energy in the room was unlike anything I have ever experienced.  The work that got done, the plans that were committed to, will transform the way the Yukon arts and cultural communities work with each other, and present themselves to their stakeholders, the rest of Canada and beyond. People here not only dream big, they make big things happen. It seems they can’t help it; it is in their nature.

The summit outcomes will prove their transformative power over the next weeks, months and years.

Several key elements came together to create a summit like no other I have ever seen:

  • An attitude that set out to “Help the Best get Better” and that delivered. Indeed the best had gathered together at this summit: 100% of First Nations Cultural Centres attended, as well as 86% of the First Nations in the Yukon, and the same proportion of all the communities across the territory. All participants had a voice and used it, shared experiences, told stories and offered new thinking that could create significant change. Both performing and visual arts were actively included, and many artistic disciplines within these were well-represented. Presenters, producers, practicing artists, funders, board members and consultants all worked together throughout. Just imagine such a truly inclusive gathering of active, ready-to-work participants in BC, Ontario or the Maritimes!
  • Action-oriented summit design. There were only 5 presentations/ workshops during the summit: place-based cultural tourism, collaboration, network development, marketing and funding. Each was followed by three local responders, rather than the often used Q&A format, who reflected briefly on each presentation (what resonated, what didn’t and action items) , followed by professionally facilitated breakout sessions designed to connect, reflect and plan.
  • Deliberate creation of spaces for reflection, and spaces for action planning. This was ingenious. The summit organizers invited participants along this journey, always stretching themselves along the way, and by day 4, the work had been done to achieve agreement on several major community-led initiatives: to establish a collaborative network of presenters, create a touring network, establish a network for First Nations Cultural Centres; and to put the arts and cultural sector into the driver seat in terms of their contribution to Yukon tourism.

As an outside expert I was asked to participate in the whole conference. For me that meant there was a great deal of casual, hallway type conversation about anything that was on participants’ minds, mixed with formal opportunities to meet whether in a MatchUp program or over dinner. As a result I formed much deeper, richer connections with carefully thinking, smart people from all parts of Yukon, who were exploring how to use their understanding, new information and leadership for their communities’ benefit and the greater good. Listening and asking good questions can be much more powerful than speaking or telling.

My hope is that this new kind of close-knit, yet open network, grounded in shared leadership and personal commitments for specific actions, will become a beacon for established and new networks elsewhere.


Inga's work is nationally recognized for the landmark study on The Value of Presenting:  A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada (©2013) commissioned by Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and for providing strategic insight, championing contemporary marketing practices, and delivering practical training in the arts sector.

To view the original article written December 4, 2014  please follow this link.