In January, Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament (Northwest Territories), announced funding of $727,000 from the Government of Canada to three Yellowknife arts organizations: The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC), Folk on the Rocks (FOTR) and the Association franco- culturelle de Yellowknife (ACFY). Funding is provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund which supports organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series, as well as organizations that offer support to arts presenters. This helps ensure Canadians have access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities and assists in telling their stories and bringing the culture to life.

The NAAC grows local performing arts repertoire and nurtures talent by presenting, commissioning, creating and producing works from the North and around the world. Funding will be used to support their performing arts series as well as the Storytelling Festival. NACC received $570,000 in funding ($190,000 per year over three years).

ACFY is a multi-disciplinary arts presenting organization that serves the Franco-Ténois community in Yellowknife. AFCY offers artistic performances and cultural programming with a focus on attracting families and youth. Funding will be used to support its “Plein feux sur la scène nordique” performing arts series. The AFCY received $120,000 ($30,000 per year over four years).

FOTR advances the development of the performing arts in the Northwest Territories and promotes and supports Northern talent in music, art and entertainment. Funding will support the 38th edition of its annual music festival, as well as outreach activities, school programming and off-season concerts. FOTR received $37,000 in funding.