Fast Facts: Yukon School of Visual Arts
Corner of Queen Street & Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon
7500 sq ft. newly restored historic
2D, 3D, 4D (media arts)
Visual Culture Studies
Governing Partners: Dawson Cty Arts Society,Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, and Yukon College.
Academic Partners: Emily Carr, Fraser Valley, TRU, ACAD, OCAD, NSCAD.
536 km North of Whitehorse, Yukon at the confluence of the Yukon & Klondike Rivers
Primary Road Access:
536 km from Whitehorse via the Klondike Highway
1913 km from Vancouver, via Alaska Highway
1875 km from Edmonton, via Alaska Highway
4320 km from Toronto, you might want to fly
322 km south of the Arctic Circle, via the Dempster Hwy
To Whitehorse via Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton
to Whitehorse via Vancouver
To Dawson City via Whitehorse
Telephone, Internet, Cell and Satellite services
2000 (year round 2003 statistics)
Mining / Tourism / Commercial Services
Dawson City International Short Film Festival
Dawson City Music Festival
River Side Arts Festival
Discovery Days (celebrating the discovery of gold)
Yukon Quest and Percy DeWolfe Dogsled Races
The Dawson City Arts Society operates the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, an organization with a broad mandate to promote arts in the community and in the Yukon Territory. Yukon SOVA is one of the initiatives that DCAS is involved in. KIAC also operates the Odd Gallery, with an ongoing schedule of exhibitions from local, national and international artists. The Odd Gallery also operates the McCauley House artist’s residence, which houses visiting artists for periods of one to three months. KIAC organizes courses, and presents plays, films, and musical events throughout the year, and also hosts two festivals, the Dawson City International Short Film Festival and the Yukon Riverside Art Festival.
The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in’s cultural center, Dänojá Zho, also hosts workshops, courses, exhibits, films and special events throughout the year. The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in heritage department is a valuable resource for students in the SOVA program. Students will be issued a protocol manual that describes how resources can be accessed and how they should be used appropriately.
The Dawson Campus of Yukon College provides adult education services to the population – both full time programs and short courses. Resources include a career counseling library and a computer lab.
The Dawson Community Library is housed in the Robert Service Secondary School. There is also a reference library in the Dawson City Museum. Dawson has a local newspaper, the Klondike Sun, that is published every two weeks, and a radio station, CFYT, that is staffed by volunteers and operates at 106.9 on the FM dial.
Area: 483,450 square km
Density: 1 resident per 15 square km.
Yukon Flower: Fireweed
Yukon Bird: Raven
Yukon Gemstone: Lazulite
Yukon Tree: Sub-alpine fir
Birdwatching: 223 species of birds
Wildflowers: over 200 species
Artists: Per capita, twice the national average
Tallest Mountain in Canada: Mt. Logan (19,551 ft, 5,959 m)
Longest River: The Yukon River (3,185 km, 1,974 m)
National Parks: Kluane, Ivvavik, Vuntut
Territorial Parks: Tombstone, Herschel Island
Main Industries: Tourism, Mining, Forestry, Trapping, Fishing, Technology & Services