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The NWT is bustling with arts news! Below are postings of up-to-date news, related press releases and articles from NWT Arts, our partners, and affiliated arts organizations and associations from across the country.

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NWT Arts February 2015 more

The new NWT Arts Program 2014 launch newsletterread more

Indigenous Writing Program

Sept. 7 - 19, 2015 (on-site)
Sept. 28 - Dec. 4, 2015 (online)
Apply by May 1, 2015

The Indigenous Writing Program offers an intensive residency with faculty mentors who explore Indigenous storytelling and voice, culture and worldview, structure and style, and commitment and discipline in a highly transformative and encouraging environment. Writers explore different ways of telling their stories and new ways of presenting their work to an audience as part of a dynamic reading series. Writers engage in rich more

Way Up North: An Arctic Symphony 

This film explores the making of an incredibly eclectic event: for one year some of Canada's top musicians are captured as they work with 100 kids in remote Arctic communities to create music echoing the elusive beauty of the Canadian North. Featuring ultimate (ice-)road trip scenes, nerve-inducing flights in 60-year-old rickety turbo props, and a lot of scenes shot in extreme temperatures, this film series tails kids, musicians and their communities in a spiritual, physical, and creative journey into the power of music and the power of more

Registration Now Open
Register Early for Culture Days 2015 and Win a Trip to the National Congress on Culture!

Do you have a passion for culture? Have you organized a Culture Days activity in the past? It’s time to register your 2015 activity! Artists, cultural organizations, groups or community leaders, are invited to participate in Culture Days 2015.

Register your activity now for a chance to win a free trip to the 2015 National  Congress on Culture in Edmonton, Alberta on May 7-8! Don’t miss this opportunity to get an more

Coming off the heels of the successful Northern Play Reading Series produced by Akpik Theatre last February in Yellowknife, NT, Reneltta Arluk begins a great adventure to rediscover one of the lost icons of north. Born in the Northwest Territories in 1838, Inuk woman, Tookoolito was a guide for southern maritime explorers, traders and whalers throughout the Canadian Arctic. In her lifetime, Tookoolito traveled further than many other Inuit. She was part of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, owned a house in Connecticut and in her teens met the Queen Victoria. In 1871, she was a more

Lunch Pail Theatre Membership Drive

Lunch Pail Theatre is a not for profit dramatic arts guild whose goal is to provide quality theatre entertainment in Yellowknife.  They are the people who have recently brought you such plays as Arsenic and Old Lace, and Harvey.  They also bring you great one-act summer entertainment at Theatre on the Lake where they often feature local playwrights.

As a guild, the members are the Lunch Pail Theatre Board and all members participate equally in the choice and selection the scripts and in their production.

Lunch more

Call for submissions

Showcase and Sell your Works on Artailer, Canada’s Premier Online Gallery for Contemporary art


Artailer is an online-curated art marketplace. Everyday thousands of enthusiastic art lovers and collectors visit seeking for Original Canadian artworks. Artailer gets you and your works in front of the target buyers.

Created out of the necessity to conveniently access contemporary works of art within all the regions in Canada, Artailer is on the move to becoming more

Studio + Gallery Rental | Studio space available 

$500/month per studio
$250/month 1/2 studio  

$250 damage deposit

Gallery Space 
Outside of YK ARCC programming, the gallery space is available for rental to artist and cultural organizations that want to exhibit work. 

Commercial rate (if work is being sold): $250/day
Community rate (if work is not being sold): $50/day  

Workshop/Social Gathering Space 

The gallery is available for workshopping, meeting, gathering and creating.

$100/day more

Volunteer with the ARCC 

The ARCC is currently recruiting volunteers and potential board members.


If you are interested in taking on a more active role with ARCC or in the broader Yk arts community, this is a great way to do it.  Email to join or to get more info on these positions. 

If you'd like to find out about other volunteer opportunities, sign up for the volunteer mailing list on the YK ARCC website:

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Fort Smith’s Brandy Wilson received an incredible honor this February in London, England. She was 1 of 16 artists from around Canada who were chosen to have their visual art turned into a wool rug in Canada House, London. The revitalized Canada House serves as a showcase for Canadian art and design and features more than 200 pieces. The chosen photo is an image of bog cranberries, which adorns the floor of the Northwest Territories meeting room. The Queen herself was one of many to view Brandy’s work.

Read more about the event more

Lunch Pail Theatre: First Call for Actors and Crew


Lunch Pail Theatre presents the award-winning play, “Twelve Angry Jurors”

Set in 1956 and originally titled 12 ANGRY MEN, the play has been updated with a diverse cast of men and women set to deliberate on a murder case.  There have been few changes to the powerful script and though some details have been updated — the basics of the story and characters are timeless.

Twelve Angry Jurors, must decide whether or not to reach a guilty verdict and sentence the 19 year old defendant to death. more

Tune up your guitars and warm up your vocal cords, in less than a month CBC Music presents Searchlight 2015 - The Hunt for Canada's Best New Artist. 


Last year, thousands of Canadian bands showcased their range of musical abilities, Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk took home the grand prize of a showcase at the CBC Music Festival and $20,000 in gear from Yamaha, and tons of other bands received radio play and national exposure that led to record deals, more radio play, coverage in newspapers and magazines, and tons of new fans. more

Gallery on 47th Open Studio Hours

Need a warm place to paint? Want to hang out for a few hours on Saturday or Sunday and work on a project alongside other artists? Want to make a bit of pocket money while you discuss the finer points of modernism with your fellow artists?

The Aurora Arts Society is sponsoring Artist Talks and Open Studio sessions during the month of February. Sign up to "host"  an Open Studio Session either Saturday or Sunday from 12-4pm and the Aurora Art Society will pay you $200. If you are interested in giving an artist talk more

Looking for a unique and fun couples activity? Planning a trip to a Latin country and want to feel at ease dancing once you arrive? Interested in getting some good exercise and want to meet new people? If you have ever wanted to try your feet at salsa dancing, classes start again on January 12th and are now conveniently located downtown at the Top Knight! 



Great for people who have never danced before, learn the basics in a relaxed atmosphere and among friends at the Top Knight. 

MONDAYS JAN 12 -FEB 16 7:30-9:00pm more

The Long John Jamboree is seeking videographers and photographers for the 2015 festival.

For details, please see attached PDFs.


For questions or concerns, contact:

Nancy MacNeill

Long John Jamboree Coordinator


nancy@longjohnjamboree.caread more


Artless Collective is looking for women between the (approximate) ages of 25-40 to audition for six spots in an upcoming video shoot.  

There are both speaking and non-speaking rolls to fill and they are looking for women of all ethnicities and backgrounds.

Casting sessions will be held Thursday, January 8th, and Friday January 9th, 2014 between 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm (15 minute scheduled sessions)

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an audition, please contact Jessica at more

FOXY Awarded $1 Million Arctic Inspiration Prize

Sexual Health Education and Leadership Program Expands to all Three Territories

OTTAWA, Dec. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The $1 Million Arctic Inspiration Prize has been awarded to FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth), a community-based participatory action research project, for its knowledge to action plan to work with young women and men across the North to facilitate dialogue about sexual health issues, develop leadership and coping skills, and build greater self-confidence for making healthy life choices. more


When the Deh Cho Bridge opened just two years ago, on November 29 2012, it brought to a close over 50 years of crossing the Mighty Mackenzie by ice bridge and ferry.  Here is a book for anyone who has ever floated on or driven across Canada's longest river.

Bridging the Dehcho chronicles the history, colour and drama of the Mackenzie River Crossing at Fort Providence.  From the days of the ancient Dene to the establishment of the community in 1870, to the arrival of the highway in 1960 and completion of the Deh more

100 Years of Loss exhibit opens in the library - MacEwan University

Faculty members and their students tour exhibit chronicling the history of the Indian Residential School System

In early November, Kathy Davis opened the door to the Gray Gallery to reveal the large cylindrical displays documenting one of the darkest chapters in Canada’s history. From floor to ceiling in this intimate space, the “100 Years of Loss” exhibit, presented by the Legacy of Hope Foundation, shows the history of the Indian Residential School System from its inception through to more