Photo Credit: Marc Wathieu, image available via Creative Commons License.
N3, the idea of a cross-territorial performing and visual arts network has a place at the national table and is already recognized at the CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Organization) National Network Meetings and has the financial support of Heritage Canada.
The Summit will bring together individuals whose work is primarily in the cultural sectors – performing arts, visual arts, heritage and culture. This gathering will provide opportunities for these individuals and organizations to come together, to learn; to engage in meaningful dialogue and to be inspired.
There was a meeting of all stakeholders from Yukon and a representative from each of the three northern regions in 2014 in Whitehorse called Yukon Arts Presenters Summit. It was decided at that meeting, that work would continue to strengthen each regions’ presenting capacity and then eventually move toward a larger tri-territorial network called N3.
Since that time, the Yukon Arts Centre, KIAC and many other groups have been working on developing Yukon’s overall presenting capacity.
There was a strong recommendation at the last Summit that we meet every two years; however, funding was only obtained in 2017. The next steps will be determined at the Summit, but we hope there is concrete interest in creating a network of communities to work together for the benefit of all Northerners in the areas of arts, culture and heritage. In order to facilitate the best use of our time together, the topics that will be covered at the conference will be driven by the participants.
POSSIBLE SUMMIT OUTCOMES
- Stronger linkages between Northern cultural organizations whose work involves some type of presenting activity.
- The cultural sector has made connections into other sectors such as economic development, social services, justice and health sectors.
- Stronger linkages between Northern communities
- Enhanced capacities in the cultural sector to present, produce, support and encourage arts and artists.
- Recognition by the public of the social and economic value of the cultural sector
- A dialogue with the tourism sector with a view to the place of the cultural sector in the future of the North’s tourism industry.
- Human Resource Management will be enhanced in the cultural sector including:
- Best practices
- Development of fair wages for the sector
- Identification of training gaps
- Mapping of cultural resources in Yukon
A Steering Committee has been struck to help with the planning of this gathering. They are:
- Karen Dubois – KIAC
- Duncan Sinclair – Jazz Yukon
- Charlene Alexander – Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism
- Lynn Feasey – Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism
- Corrie Gallienne – Arts Advisor, Arts Section, Yukon Government
- Eric Epstein – Yukon Arts Centre
- Mary Bradshaw – Yukon Arts Centre
- Michele Emslie – Yukon Arts Centre
Please mark the date on your calendars; we look forward to hosting you in Whitehorse in March.