January 6, 2017

TALENTED Performing artists from across Nunavut took part in the Qaggiq Performing Arts Teacher Training held in Yellowknife January 4-9. The artists, many of them young guitar players and songwriters, are eager to start children’s programs in their communities.

Qaggiavuut designs and delivers performing arts teacher training as part of their award-winning Qaggiq Project in order to strengthen the Arctic performing arts. The January workshop was facilitated by Tiffany Ayalik and Kakki Peter and partnered with the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program.

“It was amazing to work with these talented young artists and know how excited they are about sharing music with youth back home”, said Ms. Ayalik, who is a successful Inuit actor and musician based in Yellowknife. “It’s important to find work in your art form”, said Mr. Peter, an Iqaluit actor. “Teaching is one way artists can stay practiced and contribute back to their community”. The hope is that schools and government programs see the potential and hire local performing artists as facilitators of culture and language.

This was the second Qaggiq Performing Arts Teacher Training workshop, bringing artists together to share what they do and get inspired from each other.