20 Months of Fun and Fundraising Heralds 20th Anniversary Celebration in 2020

(Dawson City, Yukon) – The Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture (KIAC) is marking two decades of enriching the lives of Yukoners and visitors through arts and culture by launching a 20/20 Celebration and Fundraising Campaign. Aside from being a well-deserved birthday party, 20/20 also constitutes a special fundraising campaign to help KIAC continue its mission into the decades to come.

The 20/20 Campaign kicks off with a performance by Petunia and the Vipers in the newly-renovated Palace Grand Theatre on May 19th and culminates with a New Year’s Eve “Odd Ball 2020” as the clock turns to 2020 — a mirror of the historic KIAC event that ushered in the new millennium. KIAC will be offering 20 events over the 20 months leading up to the Odd Ball.

The upcoming twentieth anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate everything we’ve achieved! The facility can attest to the impact our activities have had on the community,” says Peter Menzies, President of the Dawson City Arts Society. “The 20/20 activities are being planned as both fun events and fundraisers so we can keep going for the next 20 years!

Some fundraisers will be stand-alone events while others span the entire twenty-month period, and while they vary in size and scope, all provide an opportunity for businesses and individuals to contribute to KIAC while having fun and celebrating its achievements.

Confirmed 20/20 events include: a Board Game Marathon, Piñata Making and Auction, Mystery Dinner, SOVA Alumni Exhibit at the Yukon Arts Centre, and an auction of artist-designed t-shirts.

Each month during the campaign KIAC will pay tribute to a volunteer who has made a profound impact over the past two decades. Similarly, a featured corporate sponsor will be highlighted every month.

Much of the fundraising is directed towards renovations to the Odd Fellows Hall, KIAC’s home. Built in 1901, the last 20 years of activity have taken their toll on this Dawson landmark, which is used year round not only for KIAC programming, but for a variety of community and private functions.

Financial contributions from a variety of funders, corporate sponsors and private donors have allowed us to make basic critical repairs and renovations to the facility over the years, but keeping the building and equipment in good shape for both KIAC programming and community use is an ongoing challenge,” says Karen DuBois, KIAC’s Executive Director.

Several major sponsors (contributions of $5,000 or more) have already stepped up to support the 20/20 Campaign. These include Henry Gulch Exploration Ltd., Air North, and the Downtown Hotel. These sponsors join other organizations that regularly sponsor KIAC events at this level, like What’s Up Yukon and Yukon Energy. Supporters are able to make donations to KIAC at various levels, both online and in person, at 20/20 events, or can provide support by attending 20/20 fundraisers. KIAC will also have a booth at the Dawson City Gold Show on May 18 & 19 for anyone who wants to find out more about the sponsorship program or upcoming fundraisers.


Media Contact: Karen DuBois 867-993-5005,

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The Palace Grand Theatre is part of the Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site, operated by Parks Canada.