Culture Quest

ABOUT THE FUND

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:

January 15th, 2020

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


FUNDING OBJECTIVES

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.

English

Funding Guidelines
Application Form: PDF / Word Doc

Français

Lignes Directrices
Formulaire de Demande

ELIGIBILITY

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

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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.


2020 Recipients

ArtsNet Society
$6,205
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
$9000
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.

Clea Roberts
$8,000
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
$5,000
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
$8,500
To support the creation and development of five radio dramas to be broadcast on CFYT Radio during the summer months.

Jennifer Kehoe
$6,000
Dawson Dance Team will offer a safe and inclusive rehearsal process for youth to expand their inner creative spirits through movement, music and dance.

Music Yukon
$2,337
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
$2,000
Two full days of music and square-dance workshops at the upcoming Moosehide Gathering in 2020.

Rebekah Miller
$6,700
To create drawings for a ‘Homesteading Colouring Zine’.

Rock the North
$8,000
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
$8,500
The Society Of Something Shows would like to host a youth focused Emerging Artist Residency Program in July.

Splintered Craft
$8,500
To support a Yukon Territory Hip Hop Workshop Tour.

Town of Watson Lake
$8,500
The town of Watson Lake will provide weekly live entertainment in the park.


2019 Recipients

Artsnet Society
$6,800
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
$9,000
Quill Walker: A research and skill-sharing project pertaining to porcupine quill work and caribou hair tufting.

Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre
$5,000
An accomplished First Nation storyteller is invited and presented to the community to engage and re-kindle storytelling cultural practices.

Doug Smarch
$5,500
Doug is creating three skin boats as training and exposure for youth.

Evan Rensch
$6,000
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
$7,500
Youth artists will create and perform a multi-disciplinary showcase.

Jackie Olson
$9,000
An installation of artwork inspired by raven using found objects, handmade paper, acrylics and other mediums.

Music Yukon
$10,000
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
$4,000
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
$4,000
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
$8,000
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
$7,000
Yukon Indigenous Song and Language Collaboration

Skookum Jim Friendship Centre
$9,000
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.