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SOVA Masterclass Fall Series – The Science of Art & Change: Magick in Contemporary Art with Jamie Ross

October 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


As climate catastrophe threatens the fabric of our world, young artists are (re)turning to the age-old practices of magick, ritual and spiritual care, in great numbers. Despite Enlightenment predictions that ‘irrational’ ancestral magical beliefs would die out, magical practices have proven durable, flourishing systems of empowerment and knowledge-making and they represent a growing presence in popular culture and contemporary visual aesthetics.

After analyzing various definitions of magic, this class will address how the process of creating works of art, music and writing fits into ritual magic paradigms bent on literally change the world. On the verge of a great extinction, with our very survival on the line, it will serve the artists of today very well to think seriously about how to affect change with their creation by any means necessary. Students will be drawn to respond in creative and iconoclastic ways to a syllabus of queer and feminist writers Starhawk, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Catherine Bell and Silvia Federici in this masterclass.

Jamie is a magical practitioner, professional tarot reader, preschool teacher, community gardener and visual artist educated outside the university system. He acted as the first Pagan prison chaplain for Corrections Canada institutions in Quebec, serving inside for five years. His art projects seek to engage the innate numinous power for embracing social and cultural change within us all. His practice is rooted in stories of his ancestors, cultural and biological. He is based in Montreal. This will be his second trip to Tr’ondek Hwëch’in Territory.

The seminar will take place over two sessions: the first as lecture and discussion, followed by conversation about the proposed assignment, and the second session will be a critique and conversation of the works or ideas brought by the individual participants.

Wednesday October 16th & 23rd at the Yukon School of Visual Art (SOVA)
Cost: $75 (includes both classes) – Register at KIAC or by calling 993-5005


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Artist In Residence Activities & Outreach

Artist in Residence activities include artist talks, studio tours, interactive events, and more.

Founded in 2001, in a partnership with Parks Canada, the KIAC Artist in Residence Program has welcomed over 300 talented artists, musicians and filmmakers to Dawson City from all regions of Canada and around the world. Our alumni include Sobey Art Award nominees, Western Canada Music Award winners, and prize-winning filmmakers from film festivals across the globe.

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Film activities include film screenings, film selections, and more.

KIAC is proud to host an exciting roster of film screenings and film-related events throughout the year, such as the 48 Hour Film Challenge and Dawson City International Short Film Festival, numerous workshops, and other opportunities.


Exhibition activities include gallery viewing hours, exhibition openings, artist talks, calls for submissions, and more.

ODD Gallery

The ODD Gallery, located in the Dënäkär Zho / KIAC building, presents a wide array of outreach programming including artist talks, openings, lectures, screenings, youth programs and other special events. Gallery programming fosters professionalism and appreciation of regional visual arts practice, and provides the community with exposure and access to a diverse range of contemporary visual arts practices and theories in a remote, northern setting.

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Confluence Gallery

The Confluence Series at the SOVA Gallery is a community exhibition series which offers a space for KIAC members working in any medium to exhibit their artwork throughout the summer months. The SOVA Gallery is located in the Yukon School of Visual Arts at 3rd and Queen in Dawson City.

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Kids and Youth (toddler to teen) programming ranges from music lessons (vocals, piano) to dance class (ballet, hip hop, and more), to hands-on workshops (pottery, screen-printing, animation and more) and is offered regularly throughout the year. KIAC strives to subsidize Kids & Youth programs as much as possible via grants and funding. Programming ranges from free Drop-Ins to registered weekly programs.

Youth Art Enrichment

Youth Art Enrichment is an annual four-day art program for Yukon youth hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture in Dawson City. Artistically-inclined youth ages 14 – 18 travel from across the Yukon to take part in intensive workshops led by professional artists. Students choose one of three mediums to study for the duration of the program, learning new skills, techniques, and ways to creatively make artwork for the world to see. The mediums change every year: we have offered printmaking, animation, painting, carving, stained glass, illustration, improv, and much more over the last two decades.

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KIAC presents a year-round professional performing arts series in the beautiful second floor Ballroom that actively engages our community and provides inspiring performance opportunities for international, national, and regional artists in many disciplines. Our diverse programming includes jazz, classical, folk & roots, experimental, dance, theatre, and more.


Workshops include: weekly drop-ins, registered programs, weekend workshops, and more.

KIAC presents a year-round schedule of educational opportunities ranging from drop in programs (pottery, screenprinting, seniors painting, concert band), to registered workshops (dance, music, film, visual art, craft, textiles, etc), to professional development opportunities for artists (grant writing, artwork documentation, etc).

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