Lianne Maitland moved to the Yukon a year ago this month! Part of the RBC Museum Internship for Emerging Professionals program, Lianne worked with our gallery team on a number of projects. Without doubt, her biggest impact was the planning of Culture Days in the Yukon where she put her amazing organizational skills to use. While she finished at YAC last fall, we are pleased to say she stayed in the Yukon as the Program Administrator at Arts Underground and is an active board member of Yukon Comic Culture Society which is presenting YukomiCon!


From the Canadian Museums Association Blog:

Each year, the RBC Museum Internship for Emerging Professionals program offers an enhanced learning experience for emerging museum professionals. For a period of four to six months, interns benefit from practical skills development in a professional and supervised setting. The internships take place in museums or art galleries located in the city where the CMA National Conference is to be hosted each year. This means that both 2013 interns had the rare opportunity to work in Whitehorse, Yukon! We’ve asked last year’s interns to answer some questions about their experiences.

In part 1 of 2 in this blog post series, Lianne Maitland, a recent graduate of the Masters of Museums Studies program at the University of Toronto, provides a glimpse into her life as an intern:

What did your RBC internship consist of?
My position was Gallery Outreach Intern at the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) Public Art Gallery, in which I worked with staff and community partners to manage art programs and community collaborations. I also assisted with collection management and administrative tasks. Since the Gallery team is small, I did a bit of everything! My main project, however, was coordinating Culture Days and Doors Open alongside other YAC staff and the Yukon Historical and Museums Association.

What was your favourite aspect of the internship?
Getting to know the arts community of Yukon. There is something special about Yukon that draws artists from all over Canada and beyond, which is probably why when I first arrived in Whitehorse it seemed like every second person I met was an artist (even those I met outside of work). What's particularly striking about the local arts community is how varied it is, and how engaged it is with the community as a whole. Working at YAC meant that I contributed to that engagement, and of course got to be right in the middle of it all.

Read the rest of Lianne's interview here

Photo: Lianne Maitland with the original Ted Harrison illustrations for The Shooting of Dan McGrew and The Cremation of Sam McGee, which are part of the Yukon Arts Centre's Permanent Collection. (Photo credit: Yukon Arts Centre)