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Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program

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The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency is a creative journey through Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Alaska, and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, British Columbia. Each artist hikes the trail over a two week period, allowing time to work and savour the experience. The artists offer workshops at campgrounds and interact with hikers in creative ways. Watch for post-hike Artist Talks in Skagway and Whitehorse as well!


Parks Canada partners with the Yukon Arts Centre, U.S. National Park Service, and the Skagway Arts Council to facilitate this unique program.

2017 and 2018 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Programs

Now accepting applications for the 2017 and 2018 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residencies! To find out more visit Yukon Arts Centre.

Together, the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service are providing an opportunity for established visual artists to pursue their work amidst history and nature on the Chilkoot Trail. Artists will hike the entire trail during a two week backpacking trip, spending one to three days at each campsite. Each artist will be required to provide and carry all of their backpacking gear, food and art supplies for the journey (though food caches are available, provided artists arrange delivery in time for May flights). Bringing a support person, friend or family, is highly recommended. That person will help share the load and enhance safety while travelling, camping and working in bear country. Each of the artists chosen will travel during separate two-week periods. Artists will receive up to $100 USD support from Skagway Arts Council in purchasing necessary art supplies and will receive a $1000 CAD honorarium from the Yukon Arts Centre. This residency is open to Canadian and American visual artists for 2017.

This residency is open to applicants of any nationality for the 2018 edition. Artists applying for the 2018 edition are required to apply before February 1st, 2017.


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