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).

Culture Quest supports the expression of culture and art for Yukon performing, visual, and literary artists to a maximum of $10,000 per applicant per fiscal year. Culture Quest also supports First Nations cultural gatherings and festivals around the Yukon in addition to the preparation of work to be showcased nationally or internationally. 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.


  • Support First Nations, Métis and Inuit 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.
  • Support 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.
  • Support opportunities for artists to execute projects that explore and develop ties between contemporary art and their cultural heritage or history.
  • 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.

Latest Culture Quest Fund Recipients

Jackie Olson
Curation of a multi-artist exhibit honouring salmon as life.

Doug Smarch
Skin boat building at the Great Northern Arts Festival


Dennis Shorty
“Healing through art, music and language” Workshop series

Society of Something Shows
“Make Something”
Artist Residency

View a complete list of past recipients of the Culture Quest Fund.


Each intake is competitive and is juried by a selection committee comprised of cultural professionals from various communities with a wide range of experience in the arts, heritage, and cultural traditions and practices.

Funding decisions take the following into account:

● The degree to which the project meets one of the fund objectives.
● A demonstrated capacity of the applicant to complete the project based on experience
● Feasibility of budget and workplan
● Degree to which the project engages various Yukon communities
● Availability of funds


Yukon-based groups, organizations, businesses and residents (persons having lived in Yukon for a minimum of one full year prior to applying) may apply. Typically, only one application per applicant can be funded each fiscal year.


Application deadlines are at 11:59pm on the 15th of January, April, and September.


  1. Review the Culture Quest Funding Guidelines to determine your eligibility and read our Culture Quest Application Guide to help you prepare your application.
  2. Contact the Fund Administrator if you have any questions, or if you’d like to discuss your project before applying. This is highly recommended.
  3. Complete the Culture Quest Application Form prior to one of the intake deadlines:
    January 15, April 15, September 15
  4. Submit the application and any support material (resume, CV, images, etc) by e-mail to:
    or by mail* to:

    Klondike Institute of Art & Culture
    c/o Culture Quest
    Box 8000
    Dawson City, YT , Y0B 1G0

*Please note that mail applications must be received at KIAC prior to the deadline. Please ensure ample time between the mail date and deadline.


Please contact us if you would prefer to submit an application in a language other than English. We will do our best to accommodate. If translations are needed, please account for delays when requesting feedback.