Keno City Music, Art and Literature Workshop 2020

Call to Artists - Keno City Music, Art and Literary Workshop 2020 

Hello wonderful creative peers, 

Submit proposals by May 1, 2020 via email to: 

The Keno City Music and Art Workshop will be taking place from June 18 - June 30, 2020. While the historic Keno City is located about 6 hrs northeast of Whitehorse and about 3.5 southeast of Dawson City, Keno is a fragile and vulnerable community. We must be conscious of the impact of our intentions, presence and presentations this year in 2020. 

For 2020, we are looking for professional musical, visual arts, literary and other disciplines in between to submit proposals to be Artists in Residence (AiR) in Keno during the virtual  Keno workshop. Proposals should outline several workshop ideas. 

Submit proposals by May 1, 2020 via email to: 

1hr or 2hr workshops you want to and have the skills to facilitate, so please list more than 2 options; 
a list of creative mentorship skills you can share with others (four x 1 hr mentorship sessions to participants will be expected); 
your plan for creation of new creative works. 
plans for artistic presentations during the workshop (ie performance, slide show of creative works etc) 

Deadline for submissions is May Day (1), 2020, by midnight Yukon time zone. 

The intention of the 10 day workshop is for artists to create new works visibly, "plein d’air" and/on line, and to deliver workshops and mentorship to the general public including Keno residents, other artists, tourists, Yukon tourists, and anyone who happens to find themselves in or wanting to visit Keno during the keno Workshop. 

Funding for the workshop is pending. We will know by the end of April 2020 what the financing for artists will be. If funding is successful, we willpay fees for workshop facilitation, mentorship hours, creation time and tech help to convey your skills via internet. There will be a budget for workshop supplies, it will be limited so keep this in mind when thinking about workshops you want to put on and what the participants will need to gather up. 

Each artist in residence will deliver 2 to 3 x 2hr workshops during their residency. They can build on one another or be completely independent of one another. Workshops will be held from you home via internet. 

Mentorship is also a key component of the Keno City Workshop. Each Artist is residence will need to be available to provide 4 hrs of mentorship during their residency to registered participants. 

There will be several evening events in Keno via internet to showcase new art, perform music, readings, storytelling etc. These events are open to the public and artists should plan to participate in whatever way they feel comfortable. It is encouraged to push your envelope and explore other disciplines. 

Participation and connecting with the other artists in residence and participants is key to a successful time. We will start a group on facebook so we all connect during the workshop. 

Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2020, by midnight Yukon Time.  

Submit proposals by May 1, 2020 via email to: 

In one email to please provide the following information: 

Subject: Submission - Artist Name - Artist Discipline 

Your proposal including: 

Confirm that you commit to fostering a safe creative space free from discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct for anyone involved in Keno City Workshop. 

It is highly likely that you will have to stay at home and prepare your own meals. The situation has changed drastically in Keno and the world

Workshop ideas (with supplies list), The Keno Workshop is geared to adult participants but kids are welcome if accompanied by their guardian/mentor. Please indicate if your workshop had an age limit. 

  • Mentorship topics (ie music, art or literary lessons indicate what instrument, level or medium, surviving the industry, business and the arts etc) 
  • Plan and logistics for your creation of new works during the event. 
  • Artist CV (resume) 
  • Short artist biography for the printed program. 
  • Promo photo of you for the printed program. 
  • Samples of your creative work. JPGs, mp3's 
  • Your web presence: your website and a list of your established public social pages. 
  • How do you plan to promote your presence at Keno Workshop and encourage people to "attend" and help draw people to the Keno Workshop. 
  • other skills you might want to share to the group (ie wifi yoga, movement, choir, creative challenges inspired by Keno City) 
  • Indicate willingness to participate in online events and sharing your creativity in some way. When everyone shares then it distributes the load more, so other artists are not overburdened with sharing:) You don't have to share every night. 
  • Do you have limitations that we should be aware of in order to make your experience as positive as possible? 
  • How will you contribute to making the workshop a positive experience for other people? 
  • Are you a multi-disciplinary artist? If so tell us about it. 
  • Are you interested in collaboration with other artists or prefer to keep it solo? (ie co-writing songs, music and film, story and visual art etc) 

Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2020, by midnight Yukon Time. 

Selected Artists will be notified by email on May 15, 2020. 

Thank you very for your interest. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch. 


Kim Beggs 

Artistic Director/Producer