Culture Quest

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Culture Quest is an arts and cultural funding program that is supported by the Yukon Government (YG) and administered by the Yukon Arts Centre (YACC). It is designed as a curated fund, meaning that YACC programming staff use it as a responsive pool of resources to initiate and support projects, build innovative community partnerships, and enable cultural events happening throughout the Territory based on the criteria and priorities that the steering committee establishes each year. In addition, it also accepts independent proposals based on the criteria outlined below. The program has no set deadline and accepts proposals on an on-going basis. It is intended to be utilized as a unique funding opportunity for First Nations and Non-First Nations artists and community members who are engaged in projects which do not qualify for other YG arts funding programs.

Culture Quest responds to the following objectives:

  • Inclusivity: Supporting the artistic practice of First Nations and Non-First Nations
  • Creation: Supporting new voices in all forms of creative expression
  • Dissemination: Supporting Yukon artists to promote their careers throughout the world and building bridges between national and international artists and the Yukon
  • Sustainability: Foster creative capacity and momentum in Yukon communities with barriers to sustained participation in the arts.

in 2018/19 culture quest funding priorities:

  • First Nations:Support First Nations expression of art in relation to cultural practices, enriching the lives of all Yukon residents such as projects within cultural festivals and gatherings, song revival, storytelling, regalia making, drum making, moose hide tanning, traditional dancing, and other activities which involve public appreciation or engagement.
  • Heritage/Cultural: Support opportunities for artists to execute projects that explore and develop ties between contemporary art and cultural heritage or history through research, residencies, creation and performance
  • Creation/Performance/Touring: Support vitality and growth and development of creation, performance, or presenting capacity in the cultural sector, particularly in underserved communities or sectors. (Such as developing a performance circuit or a curated or targeted presentation space or other capacity projects.)
  • Trending Now: Support artists to create or respond to trending Territorial, National, or International issues or events for their communities.


The Culture Quest Fund is moving to a new process of adjudication. A steering committee was struck with representatives from Yukon First Nations, rural Yukon, Yukon Arts Centre and Yukon Government to establish Culture Quest programming priorities and criteria for 2018-19. These priorities will be refreshed annually to ensure that new voices and ideas are reflected and to keep Culture Quest funding current and responsive. 

The steering committee has appointed an adjudication panel with representatives from rural Yukon, First Nations and Yukon Arts Centre. This panel will adjudicate and determine funding for applicants who meet the priorities and criteria outlined in the application guidelines.


Individuals, companies, and collectives, living or registered in the Yukon, including representatives from the First Nations, Culturally Diverse, LGBTQ, Arts, Heritage, Museums, and Archives

NON- ELIGIBILE: Projects that qualify for other Yukon Government granting programs: eg Arts Fund, Touring Artist Fund, Advanced Artists Award, Cultural Industries Training Fund


Artist/Admin Fees, Production Costs (Equipment Rentals, Materials, Labour), Admin and Computer Supplies, Accommodation, Per Diems ($50 per day), Travel (Ground & Air)

NON- ELIGIBILE EXPENSES: Capital projects, Deficit financing, Equipment maintenance



Culture Quest was first created in 2004 to prepare Yukon artists for the Canada Winter Games and subsequently funded artists to fully participate in national events such as: 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada's Northern Scene, Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. Culture Quest has proven itself an excellent tool for supporting the cultural initiatives of First Nations and Yukon Communities. It has helped Yukon artists, of all disciplines, to find their talents, discover their strengths and bring their work to Canada and the world.


Submit by email to or by mail to:
Michele Emslie
Yukon Arts Centre
Box 16
Whitehorse, YT  Y1A 5X9

For more information call:  867.667.8476 or email your questions to email address above.