Qaggiq: Inuit Performing Arts & Cultural Learning Hub
Vision & Strategic Partnerships
Internal Needs Assessment
Concept Design w/Architects
Operating & Staffing Model
Site Identification & Evaluation
Diamond Schmitt Architects
In June 2019, the Qaggiavuut Society engaged Savira Cultural + Capital Projects to prepare a feasibility study for an Inuit Performing Arts & Cultural Learning Hub in Iqaluit. The objective of the study was to identify the future needs of Inuit artists and the broader Nunavut community in order to build a vibrant and sustainable hub that will support Inuit language, culture, performing and visual arts, education and skills training.
Despite world recognition of Inuit performance, Nunavut is the only province or territory in Canada without a professional space for the performing arts. The Qaggiq Hub will provide a space for Nunavut’s community to gather, for children and youth to participate in the arts, for artists to train, create, collaborate and present, and for Inuit culture and language to thrive. The Qaggiq Hub will also provide much needed infrastructure, ignite cultural tourism, create high-value jobs, and build new arts productions for global export.
With this study, the client was seeking industry expertise about pragmatic options for the future, focusing on what is viable for the Nunavut and Inuit community. The goal was to determine the social, economic, and cultural impact of building a community space that will benefit artists, children, youth, families, elders, as well as business and government across Nunavut.