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“Dance in igloo,” a sealskin stencil on paper by Helen Kalvakadlak.
Helen Kalvakadlak (Kalvak), RCA, CM (1901-1984) - Dance in igloo, 1962 - Sealskin stencil on paper - Photo: Erin Yunes
Stats and Stories
Our grants making a difference

Arctic Co-operatives

Program and component
Creating, Knowing and Sharing, Long-Term Projects

Community
Mississauga, Ontario

Field of practice
Indigenous arts - Visual Arts

Grant amount
$177,000

Fiscal year
2017-18

Grant helps an Inuit community revitalize a forgotten printmaking program 

A co-operative in Ulukhaktok, NT opened safes that had been locked for decades—and found hundreds of pieces from the community’s 50-year printmaking program. This sparked interest in renewing the program.

Rediscovering Inuit arts and cultural practices

A key step in renewing the printmaking program is to assess the archive to fully grasp the foundation that was achieved by the artistic community’s earlier efforts. The assessment will start with a full inventory of the archive, including cataloguing and rehousing items for conservation. This work will lead to a better understanding of areas for improvement and opportunities for growth.

Empowering artists

At the same time, the project aims to encourage artistic experimentation and training. It will put Inuit community needs at the forefront by establishing respectful, culturally sensitive parameters for supporting artistic practice in Ulukhaktok. By ensuring all decisions are made by the community, the project will empower artists and help maintain the integrity of their practices. The artists will work toward an exhibition of their work.

Tagged As Stats and Stories Creating, Knowing and Sharing Long-Term Projects Indigenous Arts Visual Arts