Youth Art Enrichment

YAE Notice:

We’d like to hear from you!

YAE is changing and we will not be offering a 2017 program this year.

Over the years we’ve received a lot of feedback about the timing of the program and the difficulty some schools face in participating. In an effort to make the program more accessible, we are considering offering the program from March 19-22, 2018, which is during March Break (for Whitehorse and most Yukon communities).

If you are a high school student, parent/guardian, teacher or principal, and would like to give us your input on this change, please do! You can contact us at or at 867-993-5005.


What is Youth Art Enrichment (YAE)?

Now in its 17th year, YAE is an annual four-day intensive art program for Yukon high school students hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture in Dawson City.

What is the Klondike institute of Art & Culture?

The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) is a non-profit community organization created to enrich the quality of life in the Yukon through the enhancement of arts, culture and an arts-based economy.

When is YAE?

Previously held over four days during the first week in November.

Who can participate in YAE?

YAE is open to high school students, grade 9-12, with an expressed interest in the arts.


What are the benefits of participating in YAE?

Too many to list here! YAE provides the opportunity for students to work with a professional artist, focus on a creative discipline of their choice for an intense and sustained period of time and discuss future career and educational options.

How much does YAE cost?

KIAC covers a significant amount of the student cost to participate through sponsorship and core funding, however each student must contribute $100.00 towards hotel expenses and will need approximately $60 for evening meals.

udent Testimonials:

“The program was very immersive and enriching- it really taught me new skills in art.”

“I loved my time here, I will be recommending it to my friends for next year.”

“10/10! Who would’ve thought learning could be this fun?”

“My experience here was so much fun, I love people across the Yukon! I had fun catching up with old friends and making new ones.”

“My favourite thing about the program was the night activities and workshops.”

“I really enjoyed the program, it was lots of fun.”

“The instructors/organizers were amazing!”

“Great experience to have as an artist.”

“Food was amazing!”

“Meals were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G”

How would you rate your instructor?: “10! She was helpful and I think she made everyone feel very confident with their work.”

How would you rate your instructor?: “1,000,000”

How would you rate your instructor?: 10! She is an amazing woman and I’m glad she got to share her knowledge and skills with us.”

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.”