The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) is running a GoFundMe campaign, Fundraiser for the Future, to raise $10,000 by December 9, 2018.
If you’ve been to a concert in the Northwest Territories, chances are it was organized by the NACC, a place where art and entertainment come to life in the North. It’s where you can find some of Canada’s most talented artists, check out live performances, and sign up for various educational workshops all at the same time.
But NACC’s presence in the NWT community is not limited to its Yellowknife location. The centre organizes programs, workshops, and concerts across the NWT (Inuvik, Norman Wells, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, and Hay River), exposing residents — even those living in remote communities — to the world of art in all its forms.
As 2018 comes to an end, NACC is trying to raise $10,000 so that it can continue to provide communities across the NWT with art workshops and programs, cover transportation costs associated with these programs, make concert tickets more affordable for residents, and fill in any funding gaps caused by cancelled shows.
Dean Eskich, the Manager of Communications and Box Office for NACC, told CKLB: “This money is going to be used to fund various community outreach programs to give youth… the opportunity to create (and) to connect them with people who are professional artists and have the expertise to mentor the next generation…”
One program organized by NACC was the Live Your Gifts Art Workshop. Led by multidisciplinary artist, Kiera-Dawn Kolson, the two-day workshop ran in Hay River, Fort Simpson, and Enterprise. On the first day of the workshop, elders told stories to the youth, and on the second day, the youth created art pieces based on the stories and presented them to the community in the form of a theatre piece.
Kiera-Dawn said, “I took the different artistic expressions that the youth wanted to present and I story-wove them together so we created, essentially, a short theatre piece… that provided an opportunity… for them to present on that second day what they had created to the community.”
NACC is raising money for programs similar to this one, with the goal of exposing all NWT children to art.
As of right now, NACC has raised $1,350 on their GoFundMe page.