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Drawlidays IV – Sign Up Deadline Nov 5

November 5, 2023

A series of photos of portraits with the text "Drawlidays"


Created by Aubyn O’Grady, Drawlidays IV is a secret santa portrait exchange. By way of drawing names, you’ll be assigned someone in Dawson to *secretly*  make a portrait of by the morning of Tuesday, December 5th.  At the same time somebody will be secretly making a portrait of you. You will have one month to produce your portrait!

Sign up by Sunday November 5th at midnight!

New this year: the Drawlidays event has been donated to KIAC as a holiday fundraiser! When you sign up, you’re not only committing to producing a portrait, but also to making a donation to KIAC on behalf of the person you are drawing on Giving Tuesday. When you make a donation to KIAC on Tuesday, November 28th, each donation will be matched! So, if you donate $10 on behalf of your portrait subject, you are actually donating $20. Suggested Drawlidays donation is $5 – $25

On the eve of Thursday, December 7th portraits will be hung and on display at the ODD Gallery at Dënäkär Zho (KIAC).  Portraits are for keepsies, and this year we’d like to keep them on display for a while. Eventually you’ll walk away with a new rendering of yourself to hang proudly above your mantle. 



Portraits in this game are typically limited to the second dimension: so, flat (ish), drawings, paintings, collages, on paper, etc.

Drawlidays IV is limited to those of us in Dawson. We cannot accept portraits by mail! If you are leaving town before December 7th you must ensure your portrait has been delivered. There is no bigger bummer than not finding your portrait among the others. 


DRAW TAKES PLACE: Monday, November 6th



PORTRAIT REVEAL EXHIBITION OPENING: Evening of Thursday, December 7th at the ODD Gallery at Dënäkär Zho (KIAC)

SIGN UP HERE: https://forms.gle/34SUqDtd1EanRwjf7 


Happy Drawlidays, Ya’ll!


November 5, 2023
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Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)


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Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)
902 2nd Avenue, Dawson City + Google Map
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Artist In Residence Activities & Outreach

Artist in Residence activities include artist talks, studio tours, interactive events, and more.

Founded in 2001, in a partnership with Parks Canada, the KIAC Artist in Residence Program has welcomed over 300 talented artists, musicians and filmmakers to Dawson City from all regions of Canada and around the world. Our alumni include Sobey Art Award nominees, Western Canada Music Award winners, and prize-winning filmmakers from film festivals across the globe.

Check out the current Artists in Residence

Film Events

Film activities include film screenings, film selections, and more.

KIAC is proud to host an exciting roster of film screenings and film-related events throughout the year, such as the 48 Hour Film Challenge and Dawson City International Short Film Festival, numerous workshops, and other opportunities.


Exhibition activities include gallery viewing hours, exhibition openings, artist talks, calls for submissions, and more.

ODD Gallery

The ODD Gallery, located in the Dënäkär Zho / KIAC building, presents a wide array of outreach programming including artist talks, openings, lectures, screenings, youth programs and other special events. Gallery programming fosters professionalism and appreciation of regional visual arts practice, and provides the community with exposure and access to a diverse range of contemporary visual arts practices and theories in a remote, northern setting.

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Kids & Youth Programs

Kids & youth activities include: music lessons, art classes, dance classes, book readings, toddler classes, after-school programs.

Year-Round Programming

Kids and Youth (toddler to teen) programming ranges from music lessons (vocals, piano) to dance class (ballet, hip hop, and more), to hands-on workshops (pottery, screen-printing, animation and more) and is offered regularly throughout the year. KIAC strives to subsidize Kids & Youth programs as much as possible via grants and funding. Programming ranges from free Drop-Ins to registered weekly programs.

Youth Art Enrichment

Youth Art Enrichment is an annual four-day art program for Yukon youth hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture in Dawson City. Artistically-inclined youth ages 14 – 18 travel from across the Yukon to take part in intensive workshops led by professional artists. Students choose one of three mediums to study for the duration of the program, learning new skills, techniques, and ways to creatively make artwork for the world to see. The mediums change every year: we have offered printmaking, animation, painting, carving, stained glass, illustration, improv, and much more over the last two decades.

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Performing Arts

Performing arts activities include: concerts, theatre and dance performances, open mics, radio broadcasts, special events, and more.

KIAC presents a year-round professional performing arts series in the beautiful second floor Ballroom that actively engages our community and provides inspiring performance opportunities for international, national, and regional artists in many disciplines. Our diverse programming includes jazz, classical, folk & roots, experimental, dance, theatre, and more.


Workshops include: weekly drop-ins, registered programs, weekend workshops, and more.

KIAC presents a year-round schedule of educational opportunities ranging from drop in programs (pottery, screenprinting, seniors painting, concert band), to registered workshops (dance, music, film, visual art, craft, textiles, etc), to professional development opportunities for artists (grant writing, artwork documentation, etc).

Learn more about registration, upcoming courses, and outreach activities.