Qaggiavuut appoints executive director
Looee Arreak is the performing arts organization’s new official leader
Iqaluit-based Looee Arreak has been appointed as Qaggiavuut’s new executive director — a position she’s been acting in since August — the organization announced on Wednesday.
Qaggiavuut is Nunavut’s largest performing arts organization, with a focus on training local artists, keeping traditional arts vibrant, and ultimately, creating a performing arts centre in the territory.
In November, Qaggiavuut held a workshop for making traditional Inuit drums, or qilaut, at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit.
Arreak has been involved with Qaggiavuut since the organization’s inception. She was a principal writer of Kiviuq Returns, the organization’s original drama based on Inuit legends told by elders.
She said she wants to continue the organization’s work in supporting performing artists with training and opportunities.
“I believe our artists are shining stars and light the way for us all to thrive,” Arreak said in a news release.
Arreak is an award-winning Inuktut writer, songwriter, singer and costume designer with years of experience as a professional performing artist, states the release.
She was also the artistic director of the inaugural Qaggiq festivalin March, when artists from across the territory performed in a communal igloo near Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park.