Revamped Yellowknife Airport features NWT Arts

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December 3, 2019

The Yellowknife Airport is looking more like an art gallery after some recent enhancements.

Authentic artwork, curated from communities across the territory by NWT Arts is highlighted in display cases in the main arrivals area, arrivals/departures concourse B and the departures area after security. Jewelry, birchbark baskets, moccasins and carvings are just a few of the handmade pieces travelers will see after they land in the territory’s capital.  

“So many visitors are looking for special pieces of art to bring home - these arts displays highlight what the territory has to offer. The moment their feet hit the ground here, they can see what our artists are creating and learn where they can purchase artwork around the NWT, which supports our artists and retailers alike,” says Johanna Tiemessen, NWT of Arts and Fine Crafts with Industry, Tourism and Investment. “We also wanted to create a sense of pride in locals returning home.”

Cross-promoting arts to visitors in the NWT is an essential part of encouraging economic diversity and supporting artists making an income from their work.

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The new art displays are part of a larger airport update by NWT Tourism and the Yellowknife Airport. 

Two large scale aurora scenes in the main arrivals area now tease at what can be seen in our long dark winters if you just look up. New photograph installations of signature NWT landmarks and activities that visitors may want to add to their itineraries can also be seen in the airport. 

Did you know: the Yellowknife Airport is the busiest airport north of the 60th parallel? Over 600,000 people pass through YZF annually.

The space builds anticipation for tourists and truly feels like coming home for residents.  Even if you don’t plan on hopping on a plane any time soon it’s worth making the trip to the Yellowknife Airport to marvel at the beauty of our territory on display.