Hours: Tues - Fri 10 am - 5 pm Sat 11 am - 5 pm  |  Address: 15-305 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2B4  |  Phone: (867) 667-4080

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Arts Underground is a community space dedicated to the exploration, teaching and presentation of visual arts and heritage through a partnership between the Yukon Art Society (YAS), Yukon Arts Centre (YAC), Friends of the Yukon Archives Society (FOYAS) and MacBride Museum of Yukon History. The space and utilities are generously donated by the Hougen Group of Companies, which was instrumental in the formation of Arts Underground. For more information on the formation of this space, check out A Brief History of Arts Underground, also available below.

 

The Yukon Art Society (YAS) was founded in April of 1970. Not only is it the oldest visual arts organization in the Yukon, but with a membership of around 150 members, it is the largest. The size and longevity of YAS can be explained in part by our inclusiveness policy. Any visual artist, at any stage of development, working in any medium, is welcome to become a member of YAS.

Our Mandate: To foster the creative and professional development of Yukon visual artists at all levels through exhibitions, education, networking and complementary activities with wide community appeal.

CONTACT US

Tickets, Workshop Registration, YAS Memberships and General Info
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Exhibitions, Curator
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Programs, Programming and Communications Manager
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Administration, Executive Director
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Art Supply Store Manager
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Payables and Receivables
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Artist in the School, Community School Touring Program
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The Friends of the Yukon Archives Society (FOYAS) is a registered non-profit society that has been working since 1997 with the Yukon Archives to acquire, preserve, and provide access to the Yukon's rich documentary heritage. FOYAS is committed to assisting and advising the Yukon Archives in its important goal of preserving our past by: supporting and promoting programs and activities, receiving and administering gifts, endowments and bequests, and helping to make records at the archives more accessible. FOYAS presents exhibits from the collections of Yukon Archives twice yearly in the Hougen Heritage Gallery.

For more information about Yukon Archives and to view virtual exhibits/search the collections, please visit yukonarchives.ca or call (867) 667-5321.

 

The Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) is a not for profit charitable organization dedicated to the development of the arts as an important cultural, social and economic force in the Yukon. We intend to be model for the development of the arts in the North and a stimulus for a vibrant and creative territory. YAC is the territory's premier venue for performing and visual arts.

The 428 seat proscenium theatre boasts outstanding acoustics and top-of-the line technical support to provide an exceptional experience for performers and audiences alike.

The 4,200 sq. ft. Public Art Gallery is the only A-Grade facility in the North. The Gallery hosts exhibitions all year long, and showcases northern, national and international artists. We bring up the best in contemporary art and bring out the best in Yukon art.

For current programming or more information, please visit yukonartscentre.com or call (867) 667-8575. 

 

Yukon adventure starts at the MacBride Museum of Yukon History! From gold rush fever to the birth of Whitehorse, MacBride offers the most comprehensive view of the characters and events that built Canada's Yukon.

The museum, located in downtown Whitehorse just blocks away from the Arts Underground gallery, is open all year. MacBride offers programming for all ages on Yukon's nature culture and history. Twice a year, MacBride mounts exhibits in the Hougen Heritage Gallery featuring outstanding artifacts from its collection of more than 25,000 objects, photographs and archival documents.

For more information on our exhibits, programming and events go to our website at macbridemuseum.com or call (867) 667-2709 ext 6.

 

In 2004, then Executive Director of the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC), Chris Dray and board member, Mary-Jane Warshawski approached the Hougen Group of Companies with a vision to create an arts and heritage facility accessible to arts groups, artists and the community. Rolf and Marg Hougen have a long history of community involvement and are long-time supporters of YAC. The Hougens lent their enthusiastic support to the project, offering to house the facility on Main Street in the lower level of the Hougen Centre.

Dray then set out to find an arts group willing to invest in the project, and so YAS became involved. YAC and YAS partnered to pool resources in terms of knowledge and experience to develop the infrastructure, programming and services that would be accessed through Arts Underground, with YAS administering the facility itself.

In addition to visual arts, Mr. Hougen felt it was essential to include a space to showcase Yukon heritage. Thus, FOYAS and MacBride Museum were brought on board as programming partners to curate exhibitions of heritage photographs in a special gallery devoted to that purpose, now known as the Hougen Heritage Gallery.

Arts Underground opened its doors in July of 2005 when the Yukon Art Society signed a 5-year rent- and utility-free lease agreement with the Hougen Group of Companies. The Hougen Group raised its commitment to $1,000,000 in May 2008 and to $1,500,000 in December 2012, ensuring that Arts Underground will continue to build the Yukon arts and heritage communities into the next decade.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners.