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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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YK SALSA DANCE CLASSES

Salsa dance lessons are starting up again! 

BEGINNER LESSONS Tuesdays

Great for people who have never danced salsa before. Come learn the basics!

6 weeks (Sept 30-Nov 4th)

Tuesdays  7:30PM-9PM

@ The Top Knight

Singles: $150

Couples: $250

WORKSHOP CLASS (for intermediate to advanced students)  Sundays

For those who know the basics. Come improve your spins, dips and musicality. This class will really dive deep into refining technique and getting those crisp spins...read more

Short Film For Submission

Cast:
Lead-Man/Weetigo: 22-30 yrs, medium to smaller build, smooth and relaxed type
Man: 22-40 years, average height and weight
Woman: 22-40 yrs, average height and weight
Auditions: TBD (Yellowknife, NT)
 

Crew: Camera Operator/First A.C.
Production Manager/ 1st A.D.
Key Grip/Gaffer
Best Boy
Sound Mixer/ Boom Operator
Sound Designer
Band or Music Composerread more

Fall Schedule for Masterpiece Sundays-Art Classes for Kids

Tracey Breitbach is very excited to offer a new series of art classes this fall for kids ages 5-12 on Sundays from September 21st to December 7th

This fall she will continue to explore the styles of famous artists, with the addition of renown Canadian landscape painters( Ted Harrison, Emily Carr and Lawren Harris) and will top off the fall season with a special series dedicated to the art of some great children book illustrators and folk artists.

Also new this fall is a Sunday class for older...read more

The YK Guild of Arts and Crafts has now posted the fall class schedule online!

Head to http://ykguild.wordpress.com/ and check out the pottery and mixed media class and workshop descriptions.

Class Registration will take place on Thursday, September 11th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Guild, located at 113 Kam Lake Road.read more

Northern Images presents: crafts and socializing

Starting this week, on Wednesdays 6:30-9:30 pm, Northern Images Fine Art Gallery will be hosting a regular weekly drop-in "Craft Connections" evening where anyone and everyone is free to drop by to work on their crafts or simply to socialize.

The first drop-in evening is on Sept. 3, 2014.  This is a great opportunity to do many things. You can visit with others, bring a project to work on, or take a look at what other people are making. It is a great place to share skills, patterns and supplies. You can also...read more

Looking for an opportunity to meet new people and enjoy free live performance?

VOLUNTEER

As a not-for-profit, the NACC relies heavily on the support and volunteer hours of our community members. It rallies on volunteers to receive tickets, usher patrons to their seats, run their concession, and provide excellent service to their guests.

NACC is very appreciative of the support that it receives and in return it encourages their volunteers to stay and enjoy the shows.

This year NACC will run two orientation sessions:

Tuesday September 2nd  ...read more

NWT Arts Council announces an additional application date for project applications from artists and arts organizations in the NWT

 

Northwest Territories (August 29, 2014) – The NWT Arts Council has added a second application date for funding applications.

The new additional date is October 31, 2014. The original funding application deadline of February 28, 2015 remains as in previous years.

“The addition of the second application date is to help applicants schedule their artistic projects more effectively for the upcoming year,” states Ben Nind...read more

PITCHER PERFECT

 

Yellowknife Content Development & Pitching Workshop
Instructor – Jan Miller
5 hour workshop
maximum 10-12 participants
10 x ½ hour 1-2-1 sessions

Whether one is a Producer, Director or Writer – this workshop strengthen the project and the package, and perfects pitching and communication skills.
Pitcher Perfect is an interactive workshop which will:
 identify the key components that contribute to a good pitch: the introduction, cutline,
logline, synopsis, the heart, the package of pluses, the close...read more

Call For Proposals: A New Play

A new national conversation is about to start. Through an innovative use of arts and technology, Canadians will be engaged in an evolving dialogue – both live and virtual – envisioning our nation’s next 150 years on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the conferences which led to the creation of our country.

This is a call to write a play that will spark conversation about our hopes and fears for Canada in the next 150 years.

9 Plays

PEI’s acclaimed Watermark Theatre will commission nine short plays designed to spark...read more

Call for vendors/exhibitors

In collaboration with Old Town Ramble & Ride and the City of Yellowknife, we have arranged a space for food, arts, crafts, & other vendors to show and/or sell their goods at this year’s Ramble & Ride on the waterfront.  The new and beautifully renovated Government Dock will be a perfect venue for what we hope and expect to be the best ever R&R Market.

The market will be open on Saturday & Sunday (August 2nd & 3rd), from 11am – 4pm.  Booth spaces will be 11’x10’ and will be available on a first-come, first –serve basis. ...read more

The Northwest Territories' own Jamie Look has been featured in a Globe and Mail article that shines a spotlight on unique designers from every Province and Territory across Canada. 

The article praises Look's bold and beautiful creations, as well as the distinctly northern and eco-friendly materials.

For full article please see the original article hereread more

YELLOWKNIFE (July 3, 2014) – The delivery of funding to filmmakers in the Northwest Territories has been improved to better reflect the stages through which a film is developed, thanks to revised Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) film funding contribution guidelines.

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) is now providing funding for film development under the Support to Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Policy.  The funding will assist with costs associated with completing film projects in two key areas: small production and trailer/pitch...read more

Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts: Fireweed Studio is open this summer

The Fireweed Studio (log building next to City Hall) is open this summer on Tuesday evenings (market hours) and Saturdays/Stat. holidays from 11:00 – 4:00.

Selling local hand made pottery and fibre arts created by members of the Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts! Lots of new ideas and creative pieces to see.

Cheque or cash only.

For more information:

Wendy Stephenson

wendy_stephenson@yahoo.comread more

Friends of Community Cable 20

For your summer viewing pleasure, here's some of the shows coming your way this week on YK Ch 20/269.

1. Sir John Franklin HS Film Festival 2014 - the students were busy once again this year creating another wonderful array of video delights.

2. Xanadu - the SJF Drama program's spring show from this past April at the NACC.

3. Polar Plunge 2014 - coverage of the annual event held at Long Lake this past Apr 29th. Freezin' for a Reason!

4. Garage Sale Scavenger Hunt - the first episode of the 2014 season from the gang at...read more

Yellowknife – May 30th, 2014 – The Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre (ARCC) and Folk on the Rocks are announcing a new partnership between the two organizations, with the collective aim of boosting the artistic presence at the Folk on the Rocks music festival.

Many of the existing structures at the Folk on the Rocks site need to be repainted or repaired.   David Whitelock, the new executive director of Folk on the Rocks, saw this as an opportunity to pull in the arts community, and so he approached the ARCC to propose a partnership.

The hope is for a site that, through...read more

Media Release

NWT’s first-ever tourism app now on ITunes!

May 29, 2014 – Yellowknife, NT

The Northwest Territories’ first-ever tourism app was first launched on May 1st at Yellowknife’s Government dock and was available through Google’s Playstore for android devices.  Today, this app is now available on Apple’s ITunes.

The Yellowknife Old Town Soundwalk app weaves together stories and sounds from this iconic Yellowknife neighbourhood. The app includes a variety of archival photos and other multi-media features to help the user immerse themselves in Yellowknife’s...read more

PRESS RELEASE

NWT Arts Council
April 28, 2014
Yellowknife, NWT
 
The NWT Arts Council is pleased to release the NWT Arts Council Strategic Plan 2014 – 2018.

“It is very exciting to now have a leading document to support the delivery of programs to the arts community in the Northwest Territories” says Winnie Cadieux (South Slave) Co-Chair of the NWT Arts Council.

The first Strategic Plan in the twenty nine year history of the NWT Arts Council lays out the Mission, Vision and Goals for the Council while detailing its strategic priorities for the...read more

Simon Brault named New Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts

Ottawa, April 14, 2014 – The Canada Council for the Arts welcomes the appointment by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages of Simon Brault as its new Director and CEO. Mr. Brault will assume the role on June 26, 2014 for a 5-year term.
 
“This is excellent news,” said Mr. Joseph L. Rotman, Chair of the Canada Council. “Simon Brault is an exceptional leader with the capacity to give the Canada Council new profile, building on the work and legacy of current...read more

Parks Canada's Western Arctic Field Unit will be hosting Arctic base-camping trips in Ivvavik National Park this summer. A four-day catered trip has been specifically organized for artists who want to spend time creating work and being inspired by the landscape around them.

The pace of the hikes and activities on the Art in the Park trip July 7-10, 2014 is more relaxed so that participants can hike for a bit and then stop at an inspiring spot to focus on creating work. For a painter, that may include sketching or painting; for a photographer that may mean having time - without...read more

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