Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency: Apply Now!

November 25, 2016

Currently accepting applications for both the 2017 and 2018 residency programs.

Deadline: February 1st, 2017
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). As we begin our seventh season, we are proud to announce that the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency is extending its scope and is now accepting applications from artists worldwide for the 2018 edition. The deadline for submitting applications for both the 2017 and 2018 residencies is February 1st, 2017.

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.

As we near the 150th anniversary of Canada, the Government invites all Canadians to experience and learn more about our environment and our history. Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their heritage in special ways and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150.

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

If you have any inquiries, please contact Jacqui Usiskin at or by phone at 1-867-667-8460.