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 engages the Yukon by supporting arts and culture through development, presentation and conversation.”
Many of our facilities are available to rent. Learn more about booking an event at Yukon Arts Centre or The Old Fire Hall here.
The Yukon Arts Centre works closely with community arts organizations, groups, and artists for the development of the arts and a cultural economy in the Yukon. This involves providing support for groups such as ArtsNet, Partners in Arts Education, Artspace North, and Arts Underground.
The Yukon Arts Centre also administers Culture Quest, an art creation program funded by Yukon Tourism and Culture, the Cultural Industry Training Fund, and manages The Old Fire Hall, a multi-purpose venue in a renovated heritage building in downtown Whitehorse.
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. Click for more information and nomination forms.
Board nomination forms are available through the Yukon Government Executive Council Office and the Call for Nominations forms are posted here.
Dr. DEBORAH BARTLETTE