The residency programme is supported by the Arctic Institute of Culture and the Arts (AICA) and the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Humanitarian Studies and Problems of Indigenous Peoples of the North. The resident artists of AYARKUT AIR will be able to access the resource base of these institutes, receive scientific advice from their staff and benefit from the expert knowledge needed for the implementation of their art projects.
The Arctic State Institute of Culture and the Arts (http://agiki.ru/
) is the only regional university in Russia which trains students in the field of the culture and arts of Russia’s largest region – the North-East of the Arctic zone. AICA is one of the best known leaders in the training of creative professionals drawn from among the small peoples of the Arctic. The key to the Institute’s attractiveness for the youth of the regions of the North, Siberia and the Far East lies in the specificity of content of its educational programmes, based on a combination of academic art forms with the cultural traditions of the native Arctic peoples. An important part of the Institute’s work is carried out at the research centre of circumpolar civilisation. Russia’s leading school of ethnomusicology, headed by Yu.I. Sheikin, has also developed at the AICA. Researchers at this school study the musical and folkloric heritage of the peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East. The Museum of Musical Instruments of the Peoples of Northern Asia was opened at the Institute in 2017, built largely on the unique personal collection of Professor Yu.I. Sheikin. Its exhibits were assembled over more than 25 years of field collections and expeditions.
The Institute of Humanitarian Studies and Problems of Small Peoples of the North, under the auspices of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (http://igi.ysn.ru/
), is one of the oldest academic institutions in Siberia with a humanities profile. The Institute, founded on the initiative of prominent statesman and public figure P.A. Oyunsky as a Research Institute of Language and Culture under the Council of People’s Commissars of the Yakut ASSR, has made a huge contribution over the course of its existence to the comprehensive study of the languages, ethnic culture and history of the peoples of the north-eastern part of the Russian state. The main purpose of the Institute’s work is to preserve and develop the national (ethnic) identity and cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples of Yakutia. The main areas of scientific activity of the Institute are: the study of languages, literature and folklore of the peoples of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), as well as the small peoples of the North; the study of the historical experience of the formation and evolution of the Arctic civilisation on the territory of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the inclusion of Yakutia in the Russian Empire, and historical events in the Soviet and post-Soviet era; the study of cultural and historical processes on the territory of modern Yakutia in the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages and Mediaeval period, as well as the ethnogenesis, ethnic history, transformation of traditional cultures and the specifics of the mentality of the peoples of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).