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KIAC Youth Art Enrichment Student Exhibition 2014: Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery

KIAC Youth Art Enrichment Student Exhibition 2014: Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery

Artwork created by the talented young students of KIAC's Youth Art Enrichment program. From March 7th to 28th, 2014.

Since 2001, the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture (KIAC), in collaboration with the Department of Education, has offered a series of enrichment courses for students across Yukon who demonstrate exceptional artistic ability and interest.

Every November, 48 students between grades 8 to 12 travel to Dawson City for a week to take part in specialized art instruction with practicing, professional artists. In 2013, students chose one of four possible courses: 

Collage and Mixed Media with Meshell Melvin
Portrait Drawing and Painting with Suzanne Paleczny
Improv Intensive with George Maratos
Digital Photography with James Whitehead

As well as intensive art training, students are involved in other art-related activities during their stay in Dawson City, including touring the Yukon School of Arts, meeting KIAC’s artists in residence and discussing future career options with their mentors.

Following these workshops, an exhibition is held every year at the Robert Service School in Dawson City, and Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse to highlight the work created by these talented young artists. Additionally, two pieces are purchased by KIAC to be added to their permanent youth art collection, which is currently on exhibition in Dawson City at the Bonanza Recreation Centre, in the City of Dawson Office and at KIAC.


The Yukon Arts Centre is honored to once again host KIAC's Youth Art Enrichment Student Exhibiton, and would like to thank the young artists who contriubted their artwork to this year's exhibition: Julia Allen-Sernes, Alissa Anderson, Emily Anderson, Ashton Arcand, Julia Balderas, Zackery Bartholomeus, Alyssa Blanchard, Akilah Bolton, Brittany Brown, Adriana Brunet, Alyssa Budzinski, Audrey Cherrier-Burnette, Sarah Cardinal, Brandon Crawford, John Dagostin, Keenan Davis, Alexandria Duchaine, Melanie Eckenvogt-Brewster, Nicole Favron, Marlee Firth, Camilla Gaw, Kyla Giesbrecht, Emily Grantham, Micah Hildes, Olivia Holmes, Victoria Holmes, Asia Hyde, Travis Istchenko, Annie Johnsgaard, David Johnston, Melanya Kyikavichik, Sheila Kyikavichik, Jared Leary, Mallory Lipscomb, Annelise Lundgard, Sarah Ann Maningas, Aislinn McManus, Colin Milne, Chontia Murphy, Clara Reid, Violet Robert, Kristy Sibbeston, Finley Sparling, Bambi Stewart, Jen Titus, Ryan Titus, Danielle Van Bibber, Asia Winter-Sinnot, Adrian Woodhouse and Nylan Zalitis.            

This unique program is made possible through generous funding from the Yukon Arts Fund, Youth Investment Fund, Department of Education, Canada Post Community Foundation and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, as well as the support of local businesses and cultural organizations in Dawson City.

For more information regarding the program, please visit KIAC’s website


Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery-Kids to Kids Cloth Letter Project

Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery-Kids to Kids Cloth Letter Project

The "Kids to Kids Cloth Letter Project" started at the initiative of Linda Ohama, a Vancouver-based film director, in response to the catastrophic events of March 11, 2011 in Tohoku. Young people between the ages of 3 and 17 from across Canada wrote and painted messages on 25 x 25 cm cloth squares to let disaster-affected young people in Japan know that they cared about them. Over a two-month period, young Canadians wrote 800 cloth letters expressing hope, friendship, and solidarity.

A volunteer team in Vancouver sewed the cloth letters into three giant quilts. The quilts were then flown to Tohoku so that young people there could see their messages from young Canadians.

The second part of the project began at Yuriage Junior High School in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 1, 2011 – Canada's 144th birthday. Young people there responded to the Canadian quilts by writing their own cloth letters back to Canada. They wrote and painted on cloth squares cut by citizens of Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture – the home town of Linda Ohama's grandmother.

Onomichi sent cloth squares to over seven other towns in Tohoku as well. After Natori, the Canadian quilts travelled to those other towns, where Japanese young people saw them and wrote responses. 800 patches were created in Tohoku and sent back to Onomichi, where they were sewn into quilts.

The Canada-Tohoku Kids to Kids Cloth Letters Project will be on exhibit at the Yukon Arts Centre and at the Canada Games Centre from Oct. 25 to Nov. 5. Come check it out! It's pretty powerful to see them all in the space together.

For more information email Fumi Torigai at

A Sunday Afternoon of Free Japanese Films

The Japanse Canadian Association of Yukon is inviting the public to check out a couple of Japanese films – for free – on the big screen at The Old Fire Hall. The event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 3, and both films are family friendly.

Brave Story - 1 p.m
Always: Sunset on Third Street 3 - 3:15 p.m.

Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery Opening

Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery Opening

The Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery is pleased to announce an exciting new presenting partner: beginning this summer, YAC will be welcoming Yukon Electrical, an ATCO Company as presenter of both our Youth Gallery and Kids Kreate program! Come join us at the Yukon Arts Centre next Thursday, July 4th, as we celebrate the newly-named Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery, and unveil its inaugural exhibition, works from the Illuminate Youth Art Contest.

Thursday, July 4, 2013
5:00 - 6:30pm

Catering provided by Yukon Electrical.

Family-friendly event - everyone welcome!

Illuminate Youth Art Contest
Co-presented by Adäka Cultural Festival, Yukon Electrical and Yukon Arts Centre

During the Adäka Cultural Festival, youth aged 6 to 18 were invited to create illuminating original artworks inspired by First Nations arts and culture. The resulting pieces will be displayed throughout July in the Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery. Prize winners will be announced at the opening reception. Come out and get inspired!

Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Closed Sunday-Monday
Open for theatre performances.