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After the Flood, We’re FINE and OPEN!

After the Flood, We’re FINE and OPEN!

Yes, as you may know there was an alarm, an evacuation, and some flooding at the Yukon Arts Centre Friday night!

Here's what happened. A heating coil broke in the electrical room next to an air intake valve. Without the coil to warm the air, the valve took in -30 cold Winter air and froze a sprinkler in the electrical room.

In a miracle worthy of the first few chapters of Acts, the water didn't burst and spray the transformers, but kindly leaked all over the floor, flooding the lobby and electrical room, a little on the stage and in the gallery.

Because we have FAST people on staff, and fast patrons, we were able to evacuate in 5 min!! (we need to have races to see if we can beat that time! *). Patrons rushed out without coats to the gym next door and their coats were brought forthwith. The choir, also evacuated to the gym, decided to give second part of concert there! I bet the acoustics were AWESOME!!

Because we have hearty battleship linoleum, we were able to suck up the water without damage to the gallery (or the art) or lobby or stage. We now have a bunch of new fans to make sure the underside of the movable walls are dry.  Yukon Arts Centre thanks the patrons and staff and volunteers for all their assistance!

All shows WILL go on. We are FULLY open for business, ticket sales, chatting in the lobby, full performances.  There might be a slight dampness in the lobby carpets, but that's not a show-stopper.

We try to leave the show-stoppers to the concerts!!


Hey, with all the new fans in the gallery---maybe you might consider becoming a new FAN of our Gallery!  Try our Gallery Memberships.  Call 667-8485 for more details. 

National Family Week at YAC

National Family Week at YAC

It’s the first week of October, which means it’s National Family Week in Canada. As part of this year’s festivities, Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery is hosting a FREE Gallery Tour! Bring the whole family and help celebrate this year's theme, "The Grandparent Connection." Our tour includes the Community Gallery, Youth Gallery, and Public Gallery exhibitions.

Saturday, October 6
Free Public Gallery Tours
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Yukon Arts Centre, 300 College Drive

There are National Family Week events happening across the Yukon. Check out the full listings for more information.

DC-3 Yarn Bomb Sewing Bee

DC-3 Yarn Bomb Sewing Bee

The Yarn Bomb Yukon Collective and a wonederful crew of local volunteers have been busy sewing together the yarn bomb for the DC-3.  You're invited to help sew a little or a lot or just stop by to see how the project is going. 

To learn more about the project, please check out Yarn Bomb Yukon's blog, twitter and facebook for all the updates.


Gallery Arts Administration Internship

Gallery Arts Administration Internship

Gallery Arts Administration Internship

28 weeks (September 18, 2012 – March 31, 2013) with a possibility of extension
Full time - $17.27 / hour (plus $0.72/ hour for health benefits)

The Internship will offer a 28 week work opportunity at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery in presenting/developing visual art exhibitions, managing art programs, and working in collection and arts administration. Particular focus for this job is event planning and coordination for special public events, workshops and community engagement through Culture Days, art talks, winter festival visual art events and assisting the Arts Centre with the upcoming National Museum Conference to be held in Whitehorse. 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.

A knowledge and understanding of the emerging artist 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 Cultural Human Resource Council which states that students must be recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment; 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 (cover letter and resume) may be submitted by July 31, 2012:

Preferably by e-mail to Visual Arts Engagement, Jessica Vellenga (867) 393-7109
Or by mail to Box 16, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5X9
Or dropped off at the Yukon Arts Centre, 300 College Drive, Whitehorse


Photo: bgottsab


Introducing Lusia, Summer Gallery Intern

Introducing Lusia, Summer Gallery Intern

Lusia Stetkiewicz is a born and raised Yukoner. Growing up around such natural beauty inspired her art from a young age, and art has always been a large part of her life. She will enter her second year at the Alberta College of Art and Design in September, working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Working as the Gallery Intern at The Yukon Arts Center Public Gallery is nothing short of a dream job for an aspiring artist, she says, and she's looking forward to working with the team here on many artistic and cultural movements and workshops throughout the summer.

We look forward to a summer filled with Art and Colour.  She's already helped us put up our latest Art Gallery explosion of colour. 

Check out our three shows:  Nunavut's Culture on Cloth by the Women of Baker Lake, Nunavut; They Call us Squatters by Alison McCreesh, and Look At All the Things We've Found by Meghan Hildebrand--now up till August 25! 

She had a hand in putting them together! 

This position is funded by Young Canada Works and Canadian Museums Association