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Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency 2016

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency 2016

 

“Being on the Chilkoot is always a highlight as it is in constant change and an extremely diverse landscape. There are always new clouds, winds, sunny days, and fresh breezes that travel through the land and create constant motion” (Heather Bell Callaghan, 2015).

 

(Snell, 2014)

 

Together, the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service are seeking three visual artists – one from Canada, one from the United States and one regional (Yukon or Alaskan residents) to participate in a cross-border creative journey within Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Alaska and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in British Columbia. The partner organizations are thrilled to offer this one-of-a-kind residency once again in 2016, its sixth consecutive season.


“The entire experience was just phenomenal and not something I would have been able to do under any other circumstances” (Michelle Lattimer, 2015).


Selected artists will follow the infamous Chilkoot Trail, once trod by Tlingit First Nation traders and Klondike Gold Rush stampeders, for two weeks. Average hikers take four to five days to complete the trek, whereas with support from Trail staff and from a friend or family member of their choice, artists are able to take time to interact with hikers, make art, and soak in the natural and historic beauty of the Trail.


“We were welcomed in Canada at the pass warden cabin, and from there on, the hospitality only increased” (Andreas Rutkauskas, 2014).

(Curry, 2015)


The residency program holds a joint goal for the US National Park Service and Parks Canada: to increase public awareness of the Chilkoot Trail, particularly in major cities. By creating art during and after the hike, and by leading workshops and/or art talks on the trail and in nearby communities, artists inspire Canadians and Americans to appreciate the legacy of the Chilkoot Trail.

“The people that I met along the way and the people that work on the trail were especially a highlight. I was not expecting such a social hiking experience, which was great, because my project really relied on engaging people in conversation” (Steve Snell, 2014). 

For the Yukon Arts Centre, the residencies are a way of fostering the Yukon’s creative and cultural economy by developing ties with tourism, bringing new and broader audiences into contact with contemporary artists; providing a stimulating working experience for artists; and encouraging art making that explores and even challenges ideas and issues in landscape art.

Apply today!

Jay White, Chilkoot Trail Artist in Residence coming to OFH

Jay White, Chilkoot Trail Artist in Residence coming to OFH

This is going to be great!  Animator, Jay White, went over the Chilkoot Trail as part of the Chilkoot Trail Artist-in-Residence!  He just got back!!
Check out his Talk about his experience, and some AWESOME art, at the Old Fire Hall, 5pm, THURS, Aug 16.  Should be a great time!

Jay White likes to bring his imagination
to life through oil and watercolour paintings, animated
short films, and through interdisciplinary collaboration
with other artists.

His current animated short film, The Perfect Detonator,
premiered at the St. Louis International Film Festival, and
is now showing in festivals across the world.

THE CHILKOOT TRAIL ARTIST-in-RESIDENCE is a collaborative creation from Parks Canada, the US National Park Service, the Skagway Arts Council, and the Yukon Arts Centre!

Two countries,
two arts groups,
two park services,
two artists

---one big, long, exhausting, beautiful trail between them!