The National Park Service and the Skagway Arts Council will partner with Parks Canada and the Yukon Arts Center to host an Artist in Residence Program on the Chilkoot Trail. Two artists, one Canadian and one American, will be selected among finalists to spend two weeks on the Chilkoot Trail during the summer of 2012. While on the trail, the artists will create art relevant to the cultural and natural history of the trail, interact with park visitors and share stories of how they are motivated and inspired by their setting.
The Artist in Residence Program is a local and international effort designed to attract artists to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and adjoining Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in British Columbia, as well as to the communities of Skagway and Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. Prior to their journey on the Chilkoot Trail this coming July or August, the two selectees will be hosted by the Skagway Arts Council. While on the trail, the artists will routinely be in contact with backpackers and will facilitate different interpretive programs in conjunction with the National Park Service and Parks Canada. After they complete the trail, the artists will also present a post-backpacking presentation in Whitehorse.
Interested artists may apply to the Artist in Residence Program until February 3, 2012. To learn more about the program and to submit an application, visit www.skagwayartscouncil.blogspot.com or contact Park Education Specialist Amanda McCutcheon at (907) 983-9243.