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09 Jan 2017

Alaska/Yukon Artist Residency - Deadline February 1st, 2017

Artist in residence, Jessica Auer at Bare Loon Lake, Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency 2014. Photo courtesy of Jessica Auer and Andreas Rutkauskas.

Chillkoot Trail Artist Residency
Yukon Arts Centre


Deadline: February 1, 2017 Backcountry artist residency along the historic Chilkoot Trail from Alaska, USA to Yukon, Canada.

Jacqui Usiskin

Yukon Arts Centre
300 College Drive
Y1A 5X9
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

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Yukon Arts Centre together with Parks Canada and the US National Park Service have launched the 2017- 2018 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency. This residency is a unique two-week backcountry experience for visual artists with a passion for the outdoors. The program invites artists to hike the historic route of Tlingit traders and turn-of-the-century prospectors from the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Alaska to the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in Canada and connect with the hundreds of hikers along the trail, while pursuing their artistic practice.

Each year, three artists are chosen to participate in this cross-border creative journey – one from Canada, one from the United States, and one regional (Yukon or Alaska). The deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2017. In 2018, the program will be open to artists from around the world. By creating art on the trail and leading workshops and art talks in nearby communities afterwards, the selected artists will bring contemporary art to new and wider audiences and inspire an appreciation for the legacy of the Chilkoot Trail across both nations.

The Chilkoot Trail, like all Parks Canada places, reflects the rich and varied heritage of our country and provides an opportunity for Canadians and visitors to learn more about our diversity, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples.

The online application form and extensive program information may be accessed on the Yukon Arts Centre website here:

For any further program information, please contact us at