Get to know KIAC’s administrative team
Karen has had a long history of involvement with the arts. She was a founding member of and long time volunteer for the renowned Dawson City Music Festival and has served on many arts related boards and committees. In 1999, she took a break from her position as an adult educator at Yukon College to become the Programs Manager for KIAC’s first three years. When she returned to the College, she assisted with the administration of the Arts for Employment program, and the development of the KIAC School of Visual Arts curriculum and program design. Karen joined KIAC as Executive Director in May 2008. She is a 3rd generation Dawsonite –and has raised two 4th generation Dawsonites.
Upcoming Executive Director
ODD Gallery Director
Tara grew up in Toronto and received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC. She was a volunteer, exhibiting artist, board member at KIAC before joining staff as a programs coordinator in 2007. Tara has been director of the ODD Gallery since 2012.
Matt grew up in the small town of Westville, Nova Scotia and completed a BA in English Literatures and Art History at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. During these years in Sackville, Matt played in various bands while working at the Owens Art Gallery and CHMA 106.9, the campus-community radio station. Matt found his way to Dawson City as a touring musician in 2010 and has yet to find reasons to leave. After working as Production Assistant at the Dawson City Music Festival, Matt continues to volunteer for the festival, play in bands, and produce KIAC’s year-round Performing Arts Series, the Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival, and Yukon Riverside Arts Festival.
Producer, Dawson City International Short Film Festival/ Artists Residency Coordinator
Yet another transplanted Ontarian, Dan attended the first Dawson City International Short Film Festival (2000) as a visiting filmmaker. Eight years later, after many return trips as KIAC Artist in Residence, ad hoc teacher and other sundry jobs, he and his partner Laurie moved here in 2007 to produce the film festival … he may just stick around until he gets it right. Dan continues to thrive in obscurity as a filmmaker. Please add to his visitors count at www.sokcinema.ca.
Courtney Wallace comes to the Yukon from a river valley in New Brunswick and has spent time in other places in the middle of this continent. She arrived in Dawson to check out the music festival and find out what the fuss was all about. She found out, and has been smitten with the town ever since.