Youth Art Enrichment

Dates: Sunday, March 22 – Friday, March 27th (5 days, including 2 days of travel)
Ages: 14 -18*
Cost: $150 for all youth, except Dawson youth ($50)*
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Workshops Options:
– A Printmaker’s Primer: Handmade Prints with Meshell Melvin
– Act Your Mind: Theatre Creation & Performing Arts with Geneviève Paré
– Tell It Like It Is: Video Journalism & Documentary Filmmaking with Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs

* Youth age 13 CAN apply if they are in grade 9 at the start of the program!
* Financial Assistance for youth to whom the cost is a barrier. Learn more

The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture provides:
– Transportation to and from Whitehorse (and communities in between) via chartered bus.
– 3 healthy meals per day
– Accommodations at the Downtown Hotel Annex, reserved specifically for YAE campers and program chaperones.

What is Youth Art Enrichment (YAE?)

Entering it’s 19th year, Youth Art Enrichment is an annual four-day art program for Yukon youth hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture in Dawson City. Artistically-inclined youth ages 14 – 18 travel from across the Yukon to take part in intensive workshops led by professional artists. Students choose one of three mediums to study for the duration of the program, learning new skills, techniques, and ways to creatively make artwork for the world to see. The mediums change every year: we have offered printmaking, animation, painting, carving, stained glass, illustration, improv, and much more over the last two decades.

The program offers a tour of the Yukon School of Visual Arts in addition to a meet & greet evening of collage and button-making with current students and faculty. Often SOVA students are YAE alumni themselves. Evenings are filled with fun activities in the evenings such as a movie night, sledding & smores, board games and more.

2020 Art Course Options

A Printmaker’s Primer: Handmade Prints
with Meshell Melvin

Printmaking is a very old process… Ancient in fact! Meshell will introduce students to the incredible world of colourful inks and printing techniques that have been refined over the last two thousand years! This class is a gallop through the basics of printmaking: from the quick impressions of the monoprint to the intricacies of the linocut, and all the potatoes in between. Students will be encouraged to develop their image making throughout their explorations with different printmaking techniques. Be warned: this workshop will be playful, messy (not too messy…), and COLOURFUL!

Act Your Mind: Theatre Creation & Performing Arts
with Geneviève Paré

Let it out! There’s 101 ways to express yourself, and this workshop is all about what YOU want to say. Join Geneviève Paré for an awesome adventure into the world of performing arts – no experience necessary! Students will explore a range of techniques, exercises, and theatre games, resulting in the creation of a short solo or two-person performance by the end of the week. Get ready to create, collaborate, and perform! Participants will learn stage presence, improv, storyboarding, vocal expression, verbal and non-verbal story-telling and a whole lot more! Rumour has it that Gen even has experience in stunt wrestling and stage combat fighting!

Tell It Like It Is: Video Journalism & Documentary Filmmaking
with Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs

Join Charlotte, a video journalist with Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN) in Yellowknife, NWT for four days of filmmaking – script-writing, directing, interviewing, shooting, editing and more! Participants will master all it takes to bring an idea to the big screen, working collaboratively to create one group documentary on an important topic of their choice. Not only will the film be shown at the YAE Student Showcase on the Thursday evening of the program, it will also be screened at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival in April!

Application Details

Youth wishing to attend must fill out an online application form explaining their interest in art and why they want to participate. The form includes components to be filled out by a parent or guardian. Youth will also need to provide a reference from someone in their community. This can be a teacher, community leader or mentor, but cannot be a family member.

The program can accommodate up to 36 youth. Youth will be notified of acceptance or waitlist status after their application is received. Apply early to ensure your spot! If you require a paper copy or have difficulty with the online form, please email

I’ve never been… Tell me more!

Many students attend YAE year after year, but the first time can be intimidating. The program instructors, chaperones, and KIAC staff take great pride in ensuring that students feel comfortable, safe, and most importantly, HAVE FUN! YAE is a great opportunity to meet people from other communities, form long-lasting friendships, and have a taste of what a post-secondary education in the arts can look like.

The YAE schedule is designed with the student experience in mind. Evenings range from physical outdoor time to quiet and calm inside activities like board games and movie watching. Students may opt out of evening activities and stay at the hotel instead if they are tired or overwhelmed.

Meal times are fun (not only because there is occasional pancakes and whip cream for breakfast!) but because all students eat together. Shared meals are an important part time for student bonding and a great way to decompress after the art class!

If you are hesitant or have questions for us, feel free to call Devon or Catherine at 867-993-5005 or email

Youth Art Enrichment Schedule 2019

2019 Example Schedule

2019 Student Testimonials

Chaperone Testimonials

“This is a well run program! Staff were fabulous- available, enthusiastic, clear communicators. Great schedule, amazing food, positive and encouraging atmosphere. Wonderful teachers.”

“Our session leader was excellent! Great balance between teaching and doing. Well thought out lessons and well prepared.

“Extracurriculars were a great addition! And the food was phenomenal!”

“It seems like a wonderful opportunity for students who like art to really get immersed. It’s a chance for like-minded students from different schools and communities to meet each other. Dawson is a great community for this.”

“The Youth Art Enrichment program truly ‘enriches’ the lives of participants. Throughout the week, the level of connection amongst everyone involved was a lovely experience. I saw friendships made (and fostered as repeat participants), space for the social needs of youth to be met, as well as collaboration and teamwork.”

The 2020 program is supported by: