Culture Quest


Culture Quest supports the expression of culture and art for Yukon performing, visual, and literary artists. 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.

Culture Quest is an arts and cultural funding program supported by the Yukon Government (YG) and administered by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC). The fund is adjudicated by a Selection Committee.

Press Release – 06/02/2019

Next Intake:

April 15th, 2021

Though requests for $1000 or under may be submitted for consideration at any time.


Culture Quest supports:

  • First Nations expression of art in relation to cultural practices. (Such as projects within cultural festivals and gatherings, song revival, story-telling, regalia, 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 under-served communities or sectors. (Such as developing a performance circuit or a curated presentation space.)
  • Support opportunities for artists to create projects that explore and develop ties between contemporary art and their cultural heritage or history. (Such as using a contemporary art form to express, interpret, explore, or study one’s own heritage stories and/or cultural history).
  • Support Yukon artists to prepare their work for the national or international stage. (Such as mounting or rehearsing an existing production for a national tour or preparing for a national cultural event such as cultural contingents for major sporting games, Northern Scene, etc. or responding to a significant national or international online opportunity). This objective does not replace the Touring Artist Fund, but enables artists to prepare existing works for world class opportunities outside of Yukon.

    Please see the funding guidelines below for detailed information.


Funding Guidelines
Application Form: PDF / Word Doc


Lignes Directrices
Formulaire de Demande


Yukon-based groups, organizations, businesses and residents (persons having lived in Yukon for a minimum of one full year prior to applying) may apply.


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
Requests for $1000 or under may be submitted for consideration at any time, or where special circumstances prevent the applicant from waiting until the next intake.

Requests from $1001 – $10,000
January 15 (Winter)
April 15 (Spring)
September 15 (Fall)

Requests for $1001 and above 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.

2021 Recipients

Klondike Visitors Association
Produce a weekly lunch-hour summer concert series taking place at the gazebo in the waterfront park in Dawson City.

Lulu Keating
Edit, polish and publish collection of short stories.

North Pole Collective
Provide pole dancing classes in Dawson City; empower students and raise awareness of sex work and body positivity.

Robyn McLeod
Create a Dene inspired collection of Mukluks to showcase for exhibition and fashion runways.

Yukon Artists in residence and Workshops 2021
10 Yukon based artists in residence of various disciplines, geographic, cultures and genders will come together to create new works and also deliver performances and workshops for the general public over 10 days in Tagish.

2020 Recipients

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.

Borealis Soul
Borealis Soul has been selected through a juried selection process to perform at 100lux, a four-day street dance festival in downtown Montreal in April 2020.

CFYT 106.9 FM (Dawson City Community Radio Society)
Funds will be used to support the creation, collection, and curating of Yukon content to be programmed into CFYT’s automated content. Content would include music, spoken word presentations, radio plays, and interviews.

Clea Roberts
A multi-disciplinary arts, culture and science project inspired by Tombstone Territorial Park in the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, culminating in a publication of book, online showcase and travelling exhibit.

Fireweed Heroes
An initiative to organize community members to bead fireweed flower pins to gift to frontline workers in the same community (in response to COVID-19).

Friends of the Palace Grand
To support the creation and development of five radio dramas to be broadcast on CFYT Radio during the summer months.

Gwaandak Theatre Society
Gwaandak Theatre will mount a theatrical production of the Born Again Crow, a script by Metis playwright Caleigh Crow.

Jennifer Kehoe
Dawson Dance Team will offer a safe and inclusive rehearsal process for youth to expand their inner creative spirits through movement, music and dance.

Kimberly Edgar
Kim will over see the creation of a hard-copy anthology of comics by twelve northern artists that tell stories themed around the northern gaze.

Music Yukon
Music Yukon will bring three performers from different remote Yukon communities to Whitehorse in order to perform at the 2020 edition of Arts in the Park (AITP).

North Klondyke Highway Music Society
Two full days of music and square-dance workshops at the upcoming Moosehide Gathering in 2020.

Rebekah Miller
To create drawings for a ‘Homesteading Colouring Zine’.

Rock the North
Rock the North will offer a week-long, youth lead, youth-based social justice camp in Dawson City that uses rock and roll to empower and raise the voices of girls and gender expansive youth.

Society of Something Shows
The Society Of Something Shows would like to host a youth focused Emerging Artist Residency Program in July.

Splintered Craft
To support a Yukon Territory Hip Hop Workshop Tour.

Teenage Life & Young Adults International Society
Funds will be used to present the Yukon African Music Festival.  An event that demonstrates African traditions and cultures through music, presentations, crafts, and dance to the Yukon community.

Town of Watson Lake
The town of Watson Lake will provide weekly live entertainment in the park.

Yukon First Nation Culture & Tourism Association
Funds will be used for the first phases of a multi-year Yukon Indigenous performing arts creation/revitalization project.

2019 Recipients

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.

Caribou Woman Designs
Quill Walker: A research and skill-sharing project pertaining to porcupine quill work and caribou hair tufting.

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.

Evan Rensch
Research Residency at Vermont Studio Centre: Silver gelatin dry plate photography (a historical process widely used during the late nineteenth century and during the Klondike Gold Rush).

The Heart of Riverdale
Youth artists will create and perform a multi-disciplinary showcase.

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.

Nakai Theatre
Nakai will convene a Knowledge Circle to incorporate vital Indigenous perspectives into upcoming programing. Listening to the Knowledge Circle will mean that we are working with the respect, protocols and considerations required to truly engage with the regional communities.

Rebekah Miller
Duck Triptych: The creation of visual art pieces which will be exhibited within a larger body of work, Skins, through the Yukon Arts Society in Whitehorse in 2020.

Robyn McLeod
Dene Futurisms Collection Project: The creation of a Dene and contemporary inspired fashion line to showcase at indigenous and exhibitions events around Canada in 2020.

Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association
Yukon Indigenous Song and Language Collaboration

Skookum Jim Friendship Centre
Support for the 46th Annual Skookum Jim Folklore Show, which uplifts, nurtures, and give space for all indigenous people to showcase their culture and talents.