Virginia J. Watt Scholarship applications now open

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The Inuit Art Foundation is now accepting applications for the Virginia J. Watt Scholarship, revived this year. The scholarship was established in 1995 to support Inuit students through their post-secondary studies in Inuit arts and culture. This $2,500 award is designated for an Inuk student: Living and studying within Canada; Enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution or equiva­lent for the…

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The Inuit Artist Database Launches!

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On September 15th, 2017 the Inuit Art Foundation officially launched its Inuit Artist Database. After months of hard work we are thrilled to announce the Database as the first of its kind being an easy to use and comprehensive platform where artists, collectors, curators, academics and other supporters have the ability to contribute to professionally written and researched biographies. Serving…

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The IAF Announces Igloo Tag Transfer

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The Inuit Art Foundation (IAF) is honoured to announce that the iconic Igloo Tag Trademark was officially transferred from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to the IAF. The transfer was announced July 7, 2017 in Iqaluit with Elizabeth Logue, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Director of Inuit Relations, Mathew Nuqingaq, IAF President and Natan Obed, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President…

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IAF Seeking Applicants for Two New Positions

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The Inuit Art Foundation is seeking applicants for two new, short-term positions: Indigenous Editorial Assistant (nine weeks), generously funded through the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and Canada Summer Jobs Artist Biographical Program Officer (six months), generously funded through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Young Canada Works program Interested applicants should send a letter of intent and resume to aprocida [at] inuitartfoundation…

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The IAF Welcomes New Summer Staff

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The Inuit Art Foundation is excited to welcome two new summer staff members, Maddy Tripp and Monica Philpott. Maddy is working on biographies for the Artist Biographical Database project, launching publicly this fall, and Monica joins the IAQ team as an Editorial Intern. Maddy holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Fine Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. In September…

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The IAF Welcomes New Board Members

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The Inuit Art Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of its board members  Beatrice Deer and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory. Beatrice Deer is a prominent musician, seamstress, and health advocate from Quaqtuq, Nunavik and is now based in Montreal, Quebec. She uses her vocal skill to sing in both a lyrical style and throat-singing. She has produced four albums, including…

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IAF Board Member Mathew Nuqingaq Appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada

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On December 30, 2016 his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada, including Inuit Art Foundation board member Mathew Nuqingaq. Nuqingaq is a metalworker, jeweller, performing artist, and educator being recognized for his contributions as a jewelry designer and drum dancer. Nuqingaq grew up in Qikiqtarjuaq (Broughton Island),…

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IAF Seeking Northern Community Liaisons and Artist Liaisons

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The Inuit Art Foundation is searching for 5-10 short-term contractors to serve as Northern Community Liaisons and Artist Liaisons through March 31, 2017. The contracts may be held simultaneously and may be renewable, subject to funding availability. Artist Liaison Job Posting Northern Community Liaison Job Posting Interested applicants should send a letter of intent and resume to aprocida [at] inuitartfoundation…

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IAF at the Inuit Studies Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland

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2016 marked the 20th Biennial Inuit Studies Conference, which was co-hosted by Memorial University and the Nunatsiavut Government and held in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Themed around the concept of Inuit Traditions, this year’s conference was the first to be co-hosted by an Inuit government and privileged the inclusion and centring of Inuit voices and participation. The conference was also a spectacular…

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All Art Summit

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The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation organized a stakeholder consultation meeting called the All Arts Summit with representatives from many artistic disciplines across the territory, as well as other stakeholders. The meeting was held in preparation for the review of Sanaugait, A Strategy for Growth in Nunavut’s Arts and Crafts.              …

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