Welcome to the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC), a vibrant, inclusive, creative space for artists and audiences. YAC has adapted rapidly to our COVID 19 reality and has found programming solutions to stay open, active, and connected to our community. The pandemic has re-enforced the importance of arts and expression in our lives, but it has also moved us to develop new protocols which emphasize health and safety in all of our activities. Our priority is to offer exceptional art to you in the safest environment possible, so you feel comfortable to participate in our presentations, exhibitions, and workshops. Our team is committed to keeping our theatre and gallery spaces open and available to our community during this turbulent time, as well as offering more virtual programming options. And we aspire to keep all of the conversations, collaborations, and partnerships we started pre-COVID going as the world finds a path back that will allow us all to gather in the ways we now miss.
As we enter the second year of the pandemic we will continue to be resilient and champion Northern artists and stories. We also encourage you to keep supporting artists in the Yukon and help them weather this challenging time. We look forward to good news in 2021, rebuilding and laying the foundation for an exceptional renaissance for the arts in Canada’s North.
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. Read the annual report here.
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.