Youth Art Enrichment

Program registration will open in January 2022

Dates: Sunday, March 13 – Friday, March 18th (5 days, including 2 days of travel)
Ages: 14 -18*
Cost: $50 for Dawson youth, $150 for Yukon youth**

* 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

2022 course options will be announced in the new year.

Examples from previous YAE programs:

– A Printmaker’s Primer: Handmade Prints
– Act Your Mind: Theatre Creation & Performing
– Tell It Like It Is: Video Journalism & Documentary Filmmaking

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 for youth from outside of Dawson


What is Youth Art Enrichment (YAE?)

Entering it’s 22nd 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.


Application Details

Youth wishing to attend must fill out a brief online or paper application (available January 2022) form explaining their interest in art and why they wish to participate in the program. 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 could be a teacher, community leader or mentor, or friend, but cannot be a family member.

The program accommodates up to 36 youth. Youth will be notified of acceptance or waitlist status after their application is received.

If you require a paper copy or have difficulty with the online form once available, please email programs@kiac.ca


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 programs@kiac.ca

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 program is supported by: