Darlene Nuqingaq is hoping to run a daily after-school music program for youth based in Iqaluit, and now she’s a bit closer to that dream.
The project Nuqingaq helps work on is among the finalists for the $1 million Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP). Her project, with the help of Naiome Eegeesiak, aims to employ and mentor Inuit youth as music instructors and mentor Inuit youth musicians to become community music leaders, according to a news release from AIP.
The project also intends to provide professional development for Nunavut educators and post-secondary students to include traditional Inuktut music into their programs.
Each year, AIP awards teams in the North working on “innovative” projects in the fields of education, sustainable housing, health, performing arts, traditional knowledge, language and science, according to a news release issued Friday.
There is one prize…