The Yukon Arts Advisory Council chose these projects from 31 applications requesting $700,000 in funding. These grants of $199,980 are the first round of funding from the newly-created Yukon Arts Fund. The projects range from training to art creation, presentation and promotion. A sample of just a few of the projects illustrates the rich cultural and artistic diversity of this territory, The Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society has received funding to present Living Legends, a drama telling Kaska stories. Click here to view the source of the post : Valuations QLD

The Jazz Society of Yukon has support for a Latin music dance party and instruction in Whitehorse in October. Arts in the Park, the popular noon-hour performing arts program presented by the Yukon Art Society and the Whitehorse Folk Society, will be funded to implement a new and expanded visual arts component. Visual artists will be commissioned to do large-scale work in the LePage Park throughout the summer which will give the public the opportunity see the creation of artworks of various mediums. Arts Fund applications are assessed on criteria related to community arts development, fine arts and cultural industries. Half a million dollars annually is available with four opportunities a year to apply for the funds. The next application deadline is June 15th.

WHITEHORSE – Pelly Construction of Whitehorse has been awarded a $4.5-million contract to reconstruct a portion of the Alaska Highway. The contract is part of an $8 million project known as the Champagne Revision or Champagne Bypass. At first it looked like it could take at least four years to finish, but we received extra funding which means most of the work on the project will be done this year. The Yukon government budgeted to do $2.1 million worth of work on the project this summer.

The work to be done by Pelly Construction will involve constructing the new highway grade for the full length of the bypass except for the tie-ins at each end. Work on the project will begin almost immediately and is expected to employ about 40 people this season and in the late spring/early summer of 2002. Contracts for laying the road gravel courses and the tie-ins will be awarded early next year. BST surfacing (chip seal) is planned for early in the summer of 2003. WHITEHORSE – Three Yukoners are being inducted into the Yukon Transportation Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony this evening in the Transportation Museum.

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