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Feature film seeks Inuit youth for Arctic Youth Performing Arts Workshop, Deadline Jan.27


“For Immediate Release:

The producers of the award winning film THROAT SONG are holding OPENCALL auditions for THE GRIZZLIES, a new feature film based on the inspiring true story of a group of Inuit students in a struggling Arctic community, whose lives are changed by the transformative power of team sports.

We are scouting Canada’s North (NWT, Nunavut, Nunavik) for Inuit boys and girls to play lead roles in the movie, which will begin shooting in Iqaluit, Nunavut in April 2016. No previous acting experience is required!

All information can be found on our website,, including a list of towns where we will be holding in-person auditions, as well as instructions on how to self-tape an audition.

From the auditions, 30 youth will be selected and flown to Iqaluit to take part in the Arctic Youth Performing Arts Workshop featuring sessions with renowned Inuit performers including COMEDY IMPROVISATION with Anguti Johnson, THROAT SINGING with Sylvia Cloutier, MASK WORK with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, ACTING with Ippiksaut Friesen and DRUM DANCING with Allen Auksaq.

The workshop will take place in Iqaluit, Nunavut from February 14th – 21st 2016.

The workshop participants will have the opportunity to audition for the director of the feature film THE GRIZZLIES.


Social Media: #inuitteenmovie Instagram: @inuitteenmovie twitter: @inuitteenmovie

For all media inquiries and interviews, please contact Katie Nolan. / 416-363-3838″

Posted with permission from Katie Nolan

Artist Call: This City III – Residency & Social Art Project (Yellowknife)


YK ARCC is looking for an artist to take to the streets and explore our city– our community, the locals, our local economies, our spaces, and create a project that offers findings, questions, and/or commentary relevant to our city. We ask that the project take place outside of the white box in order to further the opportunities for community engagement and reinforce the values of the project.

Program Description: In Yellowknife, a city of approximately 20,000 inhabitants, homelessness is undeniably disproportionate and affordable housing options are limited. On the other hand, there is an abundance of unoccupied space in town. These spaces could be used in creative ways to display art and generate dialogue about how space is used in our town. Finding creative solutions is on our agenda.

“This City III” is a project that falls in line with finding creative solutions to our city’s complex, intersectional needs. For its third year running “This City III” continues to address social concern and engage our community through the use of art.

Disciplines: Activism, Art Education, Collaboration, Community, Conceptual Gardening Theory, Crafts & Trades, Curatorial, Design, Experimental, Film & Video, Installation, Media Arts, Music & Sound, Other, Performance, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Visual Arts.

Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.
Duration: 3 weeks. Programming begins mid-September to early October 2015 (flexible).
Eligibility: Establishing and Professional Artists are welcome to apply.

Costs / Support: There are no costs to the artist except for travel. The artist will be paid for their exhibition, workshop and/or artist talk(s) along with accommodations and a daily stipend. Although travel costs are not covered, YK ARCC will write a support letter for CCA travel grant upon request. Housing and artist studio are provided.

Duties & Responsibilities: The artist is responsible for the research, development and completion of their own project in line with “This City III”, including: one measurable needs assessment, one artist talk, and one workshop (that lends itself to the project at hand) and finally one presentation of the work in form of exhibition/performance/installation/etc.

Applications: Please send anything you find relevant to show your interest areas and previous works to: Make sure you include a short text explaining your motivation to come and work on this particular project. Optionally you can include a short description of a project you wish to realize here. CVs are not necessary but accepted. There is no fee to apply. A committee of local artists will look at applications on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible.

Application Deadline is August 1st 2015″

-from YK ARCC website

Profile Highlight: Western Arctic Moving Pictures (Yellowknife)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at Artbridges.


Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP) delivers “film and media arts screenings and events, workshops and mentorship opportunities, artist residencies and the annual Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF).

In addition to year round programs, WAMP has a gear rental suite that caters to professional filmmakers and amateur videographers alike.”

To read more about the Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP), please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

“Giving Voice to the Arts and Culture of the Northwest Territories” – Article (Canada Council for the Arts)

Kugaaruk - photo by Northern Pix
Here’s a insightful blog from the Canada Council for the Arts, about Kelly Wilhelm’s trip to Inuvik to attend the  “Giving Voice to our Arts and Culture” event at the Great Northern Arts Festival. The following is an excerpt from the blog: (Lisa, ArtBridges)

” The event, Giving Voice to our Arts and Culture, brought together 40 artists and arts and cultural organizations to explore shared challenges and ways of working together to address them.

Artists and arts organizations in the North face particular challenges, such as isolation, high travel costs and lack of arts materials and professional services, to name a few. The Canada Council recognizes this and we’ve been working with our partners in Nunavut and NWT over the past few years to improve the way we design and deliver our programs and services in the North. The NWT gathering is one example of this kind of collaboration (the 4th of its kind), as is a recently announced travel grants partnership with the Government of Nunavut.”

To read the full blog entry, please visit Canada Council’s blog.

-from Canada Council for the Arts’ blog

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En scène les arts (L’Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife, 16-27 juil.)

«Le camp artistique «En scène les arts» met l’accent sur le cinéma et les arts de la scène. Les deux disciplines convergeront vers un spectacle commun qui mariera la danse, théâtre et le cinéma.>

– soumis par Marie Coderre, Directrice générale, L’Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife.

Lisez notre mini profil de l’Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife.
Veuillez s.v.p visiter la carte Google pour l’information de contact.

Festival Miroir sur la francophonie nordique (L’Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife, 7-8 juillet)

(cliquez sur le programme pour l’agrandir)

L’Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife présente:
Le festival Miroir sur la francophonie nordique
“Les arts de la rue en blanc!”

de 14h à 22h
les 7 et 8 juillet 2012
Somba K’e Civic Plaza

– soumis par Marie Coderre, Directrice générale, L’Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife.

Lisez notre mini profil de l’Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife.
Veuillez s.v.p visiter la carte Google pour l’information de contact.

Profile: Open Sky Creative Society (Ft. Simpson, NWT)

The Open Sky Creative Society (OSCS) is a community arts organization that was founded as an artists’ collective in 1999 and registered as a not for profit in 2001.

“The Open Sky Creative Society (OSCS) is based in Ft. Simpson (Liidlii   Kue) in the Dehcho, a multi-cultural region composed of a dozen or so villages & aboriginal settlements located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The OSCS was formed in 1999 by local artists & arts supporters who saw a need for an arts & cultural service organization as well as presentation & artist outreach opportunities in the Dehcho. The society’s presence in our region is vital as extreme distances to the nearest urban centres result in few opportunities for audiences & artist alike. ” (web)

Local artists & arts supporters including Tonya Cazon, John Sabourin, Stephen Rowan, Barb Tsetso, Heather and Doug Tate came together to address this gap in arts. Their first activity was to set up artist vending tables during Canada Day celebrations in Fort Simpson so that local contemporary & traditional crafts artists could sell their artwork, this was the first Open Sky Festival. They began as a festival society and grew from there into a community arts organization. The OSCS mandate is to maintain a healthy Dehcho arts community.

Theirrented artist run centre is their base for the gallery, office space and arts workshops. Participants register for workshops. A minimal fee for workshops is charged, however, the Society will occasionally subsidize the cost. Past workshops include drawing, oil pastels, porcupine quilling, acrylic painting, wax crayon, professional pencil crayon, birch bark basketry, spruce root basketry, carving, rug hooking, moose hide tanning, tipi painting, animation, photography, quilting, felting, silver jewellery and moose hair tufting. Some of the workshops are led by elders. The OSCS also offers art as healing workshops. Tracy expounded “art is a tool to heal, build self esteem, it’s all about the medicine wheel.”

The Open Sky Creative Society’s gallery is in its second year of operation. There are six art exhibits held throughout the year, each lasting eight weeks. There is currently a regional Dehcho artist exhibit going on, the opening was a resounding success. Throughout the year they invite emerging National artists, First Nations and regional artists to submit their original work to exhibit. CARFAC exhibit rates are paid to the artists. They also have an annual art exhibit for the local high school, which includes their best work of the year. (more…)