Yukon organizations receive $821,800 in Arts Operating Funds

Twenty organizations will receive a total of $821,800 in funding for this year’s Arts Operating Funds.

These funds will assist in the delivery of programming related to the development, creation or presentation of art for the benefit of Yukon audiences.

This represents an almost $80,000 increase over the 2019 funding total and is the highest amount ever distributed.

Funded in partnership with Lotteries Yukon, the Arts Operating Funds are designed to support arts-related non-profit organizations with year-round programming, as well as those producing annual arts events.

The Arts Operating Funds are adjudicated annually by the Yukon Arts Advisory Council. Key considerations include audience development, financial and resource management, and alignment with the Yukon Arts Policy Principles.

For events affected by COVID-19 health and travel restrictions, arts advisors from the Department of Tourism and Culture will work with the organization to adapt programming where possible.

View the full list of recipients at Yukon.ca/en/arts-operating-funds-recipients

Yukon’s arts organizations do so much to innovate, inspire and share with audiences the unique voice and talents of the north. With the current global situation, these expressions take on the added significance of helping us preserve our strong sense of community. Government of Yukon applauds the dedication and excellence of this year’s Arts Operating Funds recipients, and is proud to lend this added support to help further offset the impacts of the pandemic.

Minister of Tourism and Culture Jeanie Dendys

Quick facts 
  • Thanks in part to contributions from Lotteries Yukon, the Arts Operating Funds were increased by $157,000 to $825,000 in 2018 to address pressures on the Yukon arts sector.

  • The 20 recipients (19 returning applicants and one new applicant) deliver a variety of programming in mediums such as dance, film, theatre, music, textiles and community events.

  • The Arts Operating Funds represent one portion of the over $4 million invested each year to support Yukon’s arts sector, including $1.8 million in applicant-driven funding.

Annual Operating funding Annual Project funding
  • Guild Society
  • Yukon Film Society
  • Yukon Art Society
  • Gwaandak Theatre Society
  • Nakai Theatre Ensemble
  • Dawson City Music Festival Association
  • The Heart of Riverdale Community Centre
  • Whitehorse Concerts
  • Jazz Yukon
  • Junction Arts and Music Society (JAM)
  • The Community Choir of Whitehorse Society
  • Northern Lights School of Dance Society
  • All-City Band Society (ACBS)
  • Northern Fibres Guild
  • Yukon Bluegrass Music Society
  • Blue Feather Music Society
  • Association franco-yukonnaise
  • Longest Night Society
  • Rotary Club of Whitehorse
  • Village of Mayo




Stewart Burnett
Cabinet Communications

Cameron Webber
Communications, Tourism and Culture

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