Welcome to the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC), the Yukon’s creative home. YAC was founded to be a resource for Northern artists and to reflect and support the artistic ambition and aesthetic of local and regional community organizations. YAC’s programming directions span the visual arts, performing arts, presenting, training, residencies, and community outreach. Our facilities are unique and versatile and can accommodate a rich array of exhibition, creation, and production activity. Our team prioritizes collaborations and partnerships within the Territory and across the North. We also strongly value education through outreach models that create meaningful interaction with curated and/or visiting artists and our community. Our programming continues to be responsive and aspires to have an inclusive approach that welcomes and encourages connection with First Nations, LGBTQC, Differently-Abled, and Cultural Diverse artists and audiences.
As we enter our next quarter century we will be investing in and expanding our digital capacities, while continuing to champion and promote Northern artists and stories. We look forward to connecting and working together as we meet the challenges of the 21st century and see what new role the Yukon Arts Centre can play to keep the Northern cultural ecology strong and resilient.
Vision Statement: “An inclusive, vibrant, creative North.”
Mission Statement: “The Yukon Arts Centre Corporation serves Yukon arts and culture through inspired and imaginative dialogue, development, and presentation.”
Embracing diversity and inclusion in all that we do — We recognize and embrace the beautiful reality that all the communities we serve are diverse and unique. We work continuously to be inclusive, supportive and respectful of the vibrant diversity of communities and cultures in the Territory. We recognize we have a role to support, encourage and further social justice.
Enriching meaningful relationships with Yukon First Nations — We are committed to furthering our relationships with Yukon First Nations and other indigenous peoples, and listening to — and learning from — their history, experiences, perspectives, and needs.
Strengthen our collaboration with all our stakeholders — We know that collaboration with all of our stakeholders will always be the foundation of our success. We seek out and support every opportunity to create relationships between artists, audiences and every community in the Yukon, and we work to strengthen and empower those connections.
We are fiercely committed to stepping into leadership of the arts — We support and demonstrate open, humble and accountable leadership that advances arts and culture in the Yukon. We lead by example, with courage, integrity, wisdom, adaptability and open minds, and we empower others to do the same.
We believe in fun — We celebrate generosity of spirit. We know laughter comes from a deep place and we are always welcoming. We engage with joy and humility to support innovative and creative spirits.
The Yukon Arts Centre annual report details its mission and values along with all its programming. It also highlights the importance of its partnerships and community outreach. Financial statements and general statistics are also provided. Click here to view the 2019/2020 report.
The Yukon Arts Centre Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors drawn from all sectors of the community and appointed by the Legislature. The board is a Policy Governance Board modeled after the work of John and Miriam Carver. The board governs with an emphasis on strategic leadership and outward vision.
As directed by the Arts Centre Act, the members of the board are appointed by the Minister of Tourism and Culture, with three of them chosen at the sole discretion of the Minister. The remainder of them are chosen after consultation with groups promoting the fine arts in the Yukon, with a view to achieving adequate representation of those groups and their audiences.
Board members are appointed for a term of three years and may be appointed for further terms. Any given board member may serve two consecutive terms but is not eligible for reappointment during the 12 months following expiration of the second term.
Nominations for our Board of Directors are currently open and the forms are available through the Yukon Government Executive Council Office. Click for more information and nomination forms.
Dr. DEBORAH BARTLETTE
If you have any questions regarding the board please contact Casey Prescott.