Department of Tourism and Culture

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Yukon Arts Advisory Council

The Yukon Arts Advisory Council (YAAC) advises the Minister of Tourism and Culture on recommendations for funding for individual artists and arts organizations as well as reviews and monitors the effectiveness of the implementation of the Yukon Arts Policy and other programs under the Arts Act. 

YAAC meets to adjudicate applications from three funding programs: 

  • Arts Fund, Touring Artist Fund (both together 4 times per year), and
  • Arts Operating Funds (once per year).

The members are selected so as to achieve, so far as is reasonably practicable, effective representation of several arts disciplines, representation of several Yukon communities, and representation of the distinct interests of First Nation artists. 

Members of the YAAC are appointed by the Minister and serve 3-year terms. Members can be re-appointed for successive terms. Vacancies are filled through a public nomination process where you can nominate yourself or someone else to sit on the boards. However, you can contact Boards and Committees at any time and submit an application and résumé for either board, in anticipation of upcoming vacancies.

Current Yukon Arts Advisory Council 

 Jacqueline Olson (Chair)  Term until Mar/2020
 A. Allison (Al) Cushing (Vice-Chair)   Term until Mar/2020
 Nicole Bauberger  Term until Mar/2020
 Krista Anne Reid  Term until Jun/2020
 Mellisa Murray  Term until Jan/2021
 John Firth  Term until Jan/2021
 Joshua Lesage  Term until Jul/2022
 Claire Ness  Term until Jul/2022
 Mary Ellen Read  Term until Jul/2022