Culture Quest

Culture Quest is an arts and cultural funding program that is supported by the Yukon Government (YG) and administered by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC).

Press Release: New Administrator of Culture Quest Fund Announced (06/02/2019)


Culture Quest supports the expression of culture and art for Yukon performing, visual and literary artists. The program was developed to address the opportunities of art and culture representation at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and subsequent events such as Canada Winter Games, Pan Am/Parapan Games and Northern Scene. Culture Quest also supports First Nations cultural gatherings and festivals around the Yukon. In addition, Culture Quest funding supports the preparation and development of work to be showcased nationally or internationally.


A) First Nations expression of art in relation to cultural practices, enriching the lives of all Yukon residents. Such as: projects within cultural festivals and gatherings, song revival projects, story-telling projects, traditional dancing and other activities which involve public appreciation or engagement.

B) The continued growth and development of creation, performance or presenting capacity in the cultural sector, particularly in underserved communities or sectors. Such as: developing a performance circuit or a curated presentation space.

C) Support opportunities for artists to execute projects that explore and develop ties between contemporary art and cultural heritage or history.

D) Support Yukon artists to develop or prepare their work for the national or international stage. Such as: mounting or rehearsing a production for a national tour and other preparation activities or preparing for a national cultural event such as cultural contingent for major sporting games, Northern Scene, etc.


April 15 (Spring)

September 15 (Fall)

January 15 (Winter)

Application must be received on these dates by midnight PST. If the date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

The annual budget for Culture Quest is $157,000. The maximum allocation per application is $10,000. Typically, only one application per applicant can be funded each year. Requests under $1000 may be submitted for consideration at any time, where special circumstances prevent the applicant from waiting until the next intake. The fund is adjudicated by the Culture Quest Selection Committee.


Spring 2019

  • Artsnet Society
    A year-round multidisciplinary Artist Residency offering one month residencies at the historic Jenni House in Shipyards Park, alongside the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse.
  • Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre
    An accomplished First Nation storyteller is invited and presented to the community to engage and re-kindle storytelling cultural practices.
  • Doug Smarch
    Doug is creating three skin boats as training and exposure for youth.
  • Jackie Olson
    An installation of artwork inspired by raven using found objects, handmade paper, acrylics and other mediums.
  • Music Yukon
    Music Yukon will take touring and Yukon-based music artists to present and perform in multiple Yukon communities in the lead up to BreakOut West.
  • The Heart of Riverdale
    Youth artists will create and perform a multi-disciplinary showcase.
  • Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association
    Yukon Indigenous Song and Language Collaboration