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Kids Kreate - December 10th, 1-4pm

Kids Kreate - December 10th, 1-4pm

All kids (ages 4-11) are invited to join us this Sunday for Kids Kreate! We will be making holiday garlands from 1-4pm on December 10th, at the Yukon Arts Centre. 

This is a FREE event, no registration required! Dress for a mess! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

See you there!

Kids Kreate is generously sponsored by ATCO Electric Yukon. 

Kids Kreate | November 12 | 1-4pm

Kids Kreate | November 12 | 1-4pm

Kids Kreate is this Sunday November 12th from 1-4pm at the Yukon Arts Centre.

This is a free event generously sponsored by ATCO Electric Yukon. We will be learning to paint like legendary artist, Van Gogh with local artist Helen O’Conner.

Dress accordingly. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required!

Hope to see you there!!

Meet the artist: Helen O’Connor - Part 2

Meet the artist: Helen O’Connor - Part 2

Helen O’Connor’s exhibition 'Salutation' has certainly inspired unique ‘salutations’ from our visitors, be it an interpretive dance by local dancer Monique Romeiko around and between 'Singing Stones', or spontaneous yoga poses beneath the solar mobile, 'Sun Salutation'. 


Stills of Monique Romeiko's interpretive dance during the opening of 'Salutation'.

Youth seem especailly bewitched by Helen`s paper forms, and enjoy guessing each household object in 'Objects of Memory' or replicating the boulders of Singing Stones in what has been aptly dubbed "rock yoga".

'Objects of Memory'

Having witnessed these beautiful responses to her artwork, we asked Helen:

What is the most memorable response you’ve experienced to your work?

During the opening Monique Romeiko’s little boy, Iza, dove into the sand with both hands and two toy trains. 

Iza and 'Thomas' amongst the sands of 'Singing Stones', c/o H. O'Connor

Helen`s public engagement reaches far beyond her exhibitions; she also hopes to inspire future generations of artists through arts education: "Teaching art has always been a big part of my life and practice. I love to teach artistic technique to give kids tools for expression and discovery. I see the potential and endless creativity of each and every child, teen and adult. I have been an artist/teacher in the Yukon's Artist-in-the-School and Arts Ed-venture program since 1991. I was involved for many years as well with the international Royal Conservatory of Music program 'Learning Through the Arts' ". 

The Yukon Arts Centre has been lucky enough to have Helen teach our Kidz Kreate workshops, a free family hands-on gallery tour/art experience, for over ten years. For our last class of this season, a large group of eager youngsters enjoyed the particular privilege of learning papermaking from the paper aficionado herself - squishing and squelching pulp into one-of-a-kind pieces of handmade paper.

Helen`s talent and passion for teaching is apparent, and her expertise as an artist reflects in the variety and vibrancy of artwork created by our creative 'kidz': "What a wonderful opportunity for young people and their families to experience original art from all genres that may have travelled from another area of Canada or beyond and then to be able to create their own works of art with a supporting artist."

Helen (centre) discussing her exhibition during a Kidz Kreate workshop.

The Yukon Arts Centre would like to thank Helen – and all the young artists - for another fantastic Kidz Kreate season. See you next September!

In the meantime, continue your artistic enrichment by visiting Helen`s exhibition 'Salutation' until May 10th in the YAC Public Art Gallery. Exhibition catalogues now available!

Culture Days 2012

Culture Days 2012

It’s Culture Days in Canada! On September 28, 29 and 30, culture is taking over from coast to coast to coast, and dozens of spots around Whitehorse will be offering Yukoners an incredible variety of fun, FREE activities.

With free museum visits, trolley rides, live music, family-friendly art-making activities, artist demonstrations and studio tours, book readings and spoken word performances, and Doors Open events at historic sites across the city, there’s something to pique the interest of every kind of culture lover.

At the Yukon Arts Centre Art Gallery, we’ll be hosting a very special Culture Days Kids Kreate session. On Saturday, September 29 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, local artist Helen O’Connor will be teaching us the traditional art of wet felting. We’ll also be taking inspiration from the colourful fibre art of Louise Hardy, on view all day in our Public Gallery. (All welcome - Kids Kreate is drop in; all kids must be accompanied by an adult!).  Kids Kreate is generously sponsored by Lotteries Yukon.

If you’re downtown, stop and visit the Old Firehall and get to know the cultural community of Whitehorse. From 12:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, there will be great activities for the whole family including: live music, face painting, the Cultural Expo, a market by the Potluck Co-op Society, and lots more. Doors Open Yukon will give visitors a chance to visit local historical sites all weekend, free of charge. And for the curious, our famous Mystery Tour will be departing from the Old Fire Hall at 11:50, 1:40, and 3:30. Each tour is under two hours and will give tour-goers some fascinating behind-the-scenes looks at a number of cultural destinations across the city.

While you're out exploring the city, keep an eye out for Bright Spots:


Venues displaying these stickers are Culture Days destinations, open to the public and offering great events! You can access the full list of events for the city here. With so much to do, why not plan your weekend using the handy My Culture Days tool? Sign up and you can create, print and share your own personal event schedule so you don’t miss a moment of fun.

See you there!

Infant and Toddler Moccasin Making Workshop

Infant and Toddler Moccasin Making Workshop

We are pleased to offer an infant and toddler moccasin making class. Once you complete this class you'll have a great pair of moccains for the litte one in your life or to give away as a gift that will be cherished.  You will learn the basics of beaded design,  beading, and sewing with leather and fur.

Instructor Shelby Blackjack will be offering a 3 day lesson on how to create your very own unique handmade moccasins for infants and toddlers from Jan 22-24, 2012 at the Old Fire Hall 1105 1st Ave  Whitehorse,

Jan 22 from 10-6
Jan 23 from 6-9
Jan 24 from 6-9

Total cost $100 including materials.

Please RSVP as there is limited space.
Contact Jessica, 393 7109 or

Here are some images of the adult version of the class.  The design will be the same - just minature