Since 2001, the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture (KIAC), in collaboration with the Department of Education, has offered a series of enrichment courses for students across Yukon who demonstrate exceptional artistic ability and interest.

Every November, 48 students between grades 8 to 12 travel to Dawson City for a week to take part in specialized art instruction with practicing, professional artists. In 2013, students chose one of four possible courses:

Collage and Mixed Media with Meshell Melvin
Portrait Drawing and Painting with Suzanne Paleczny
Improv Intensive with George Maratos
Digital Photography with James Whitehead

As well as intensive art training, students are involved in other art-related activities during their stay in Dawson City, including touring the Yukon School of Arts, meeting KIAC’s artists in residence and discussing future career options with their mentors.

Following these workshops, an exhibition is held every year at the Robert Service School in Dawson City, and Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse to highlight the work created by these talented young artists. Additionally, two pieces are purchased by KIAC to be added to their permanent youth art collection, which is currently on exhibition in Dawson City at the Bonanza Recreation Centre, in the City of Dawson Office and at KIAC.

      

The Yukon Arts Centre is honored to once again host KIAC's Youth Art Enrichment Student Exhibiton, and would like to thank the young artists who contriubted their artwork to this year's exhibition: Julia Allen-Sernes, Alissa Anderson, Emily Anderson, Ashton Arcand, Julia Balderas, Zackery Bartholomeus, Alyssa Blanchard, Akilah Bolton, Brittany Brown, Adriana Brunet, Alyssa Budzinski, Audrey Cherrier-Burnette, Sarah Cardinal, Brandon Crawford, John Dagostin, Keenan Davis, Alexandria Duchaine, Melanie Eckenvogt-Brewster, Nicole Favron, Marlee Firth, Camilla Gaw, Kyla Giesbrecht, Emily Grantham, Micah Hildes, Olivia Holmes, Victoria Holmes, Asia Hyde, Travis Istchenko, Annie Johnsgaard, David Johnston, Melanya Kyikavichik, Sheila Kyikavichik, Jared Leary, Mallory Lipscomb, Annelise Lundgard, Sarah Ann Maningas, Aislinn McManus, Colin Milne, Chontia Murphy, Clara Reid, Violet Robert, Kristy Sibbeston, Finley Sparling, Bambi Stewart, Jen Titus, Ryan Titus, Danielle Van Bibber, Asia Winter-Sinnot, Adrian Woodhouse and Nylan Zalitis.           

This unique program is made possible through generous funding from the Yukon Arts Fund, Youth Investment Fund, Department of Education, Canada Post Community Foundation and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, as well as the support of local businesses and cultural organizations in Dawson City.

For more information regarding the program, please visit KIAC’s website.