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About us

(s)hiver Arts Society is a registered not-for-profit society originating in Dawson City, Yukon in 2015. Its mission is to nurture the gift of creativity in the Northern Territories by offering platforms for presentation and opportunities for cultural exchange, including but not limited to The (s)hiver Winter Arts Festival. It has held the Winter Arts Festival annually since 2015, in addition to creative workshops and fundraisers.

Our mandate is to:

  • To bring art and vibrancy to the darkest, coldest month of Winter
  • To encourage up and coming artists and non-artists to work alongside professional artists.
  • To bring art into non-arts venues and involve the larger community by offering workshops and tailoring art to make it accessible and engaging.
  • To engage artists in the making of new works.
  • To nurture an arts based economy.
  • To enable artists to sustain their practice by providing appropriate honorarium.
  • To improve international branding of Canada's North, and promote tourism in winter months.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please refer to the contact page or attend one of our frequent meetings (notices of meetings can be found on the future events page).


(s)hiver arts society would like to recognize the Yukon Community Development Fund for their support in creatively developing the society. Their generous grant allowed the society to enlist the services of local creative consultants to help develop the direction of the society and its creative endeavours.