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Words Out Loud

August 13, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

On August 13, Yukon Words launches a new series of word arts events, starting in Dawson City. “We are thrilled to launch our inaugural reading series Words Out Loud with an evening of music, storytelling and song in Dawson City, in partnership with the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture’s Print and Publishing Festival,” says Yukon Words board member Tara Borin. “We are proud to present a diverse lineup of local writers, storytellers, and singer-songwriters.”

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The evening includes word art in multiple forms.

Dawson City’s Charles Atlas Sheppard (Cree) — a photographer, journalist, and writer — will present short fiction.

Kylie Van Every (Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in) has been influenced by the storytellers from the past and the storytellers of today who continue to share the teachings from story. She will share oral stories from her experiences in that flow.

Mary Fraughton will read a mix of nature poetry and speculative short fiction, mostly composed in her off-grid cabin in West Dawson.

Fellow West Dawsonite Mo Knight, known for their role in their folk band The Niceys, bookends the evening with their banjo, guitar and word art in song.

We are honoured to have Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Elder Angie Joseph-Rear present opening remarks for the evening.

The event is in the KIAC Ballroom and starts at 8 pm. Words Out Loud is a free event, but seating is limited and seats must be reserved in advance at www.YRAF.ca.

Other Words Out Loud events are coming up in September at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre, Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park and Reserve, Haines Junction, and Whitehorse, presented by Yukon Words and partners with funding from Yukon Government’s Great Yukon Summer grant program. More event details are coming soon.

Meanwhile, check out YRAF.ca for more information about other projects presented by the Print & Publishing Festival during the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival.

The Print & Publishing Festival is a collaborative project of the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture and Dawson City Community Library presented in partnership with Parks Canada Klondike National Historic Sites with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Yukon Words Society is a territorial not-for-profit cultural organization that represents, supports and promotes Yukon writers, storytellers and word artists at all levels and in all disciplines; welcomes, connects and builds an inclusive community of readers; and audiences, and fosters wide public access to and participation in Yukon writing and storytelling in all their forms.

For more information about the Words Out Loud series, contact yukonwordssociety@gmail.com and check out Yukon Words on social channels: https://www.facebook.com/yukonwords – https://www.instagram.com/yukonwords – https://twitter.com/YukonWords .


August 13, 2021
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)


Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)
902 2nd Avenue, Dawson City + Google Map
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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 Events

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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Kids & Youth Programs

Kids & youth activities include: music lessons, art classes, dance classes, book readings, toddler classes, after-school programs.

Year-Round Programming

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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Performing Arts

Performing arts activities include: concerts, theatre and dance performances, open mics, radio broadcasts, special events, and more.

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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