Qag­giavuut! Cap­i­tal Cam­paign

Inuit Art Quarterly - - NEWS -

Since its found­ing in 2008, Qag­giavuut! has ad­vo­cated for a Nu­navut Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre. Now, af­ter eight years of an­nual con­sul­ta­tions, the not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion is pre­par­ing to launch an in­ter­na­tional fundrais­ing cam­paign to make it a re­al­ity. On July 1—50 years af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Pierre Trudeau presided over the build­ing of the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre—Qag­giavuut! will be­gin pur­su­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port for a ded­i­cated per­for­mance space for the re­gion. Nu­navut is the last Cana­dian prov­ince or ter­ri­tory, and Iqaluit the only cap­i­tal city in North Amer­ica or the cir­cum­po­lar world, with­out such a fa­cil­ity. “We need a beau­ti­ful space to show­case our tal­ents,” says Qag­giavuut! Chair­per­son Vin­nie Kare­tak. “Inuit are more than gov­ern­ment and mine work­ers, we are artists. We have al­ways been artists.”

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