Klondike Letters Project

Translating experience into memory through inspired creation.

Klondike or Bust!

The Scales and the Golden Stairs on the trail to the Klondike.

This summer I will be an Artist-in-Residence on the Chilkoot Trail in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site! Following the footsteps of goldrush prospectors, I’ll be hiking from Dyea, AK over the Golden Stairs (aka Chilkoot Pass) to Bennet, BC. During the 2 week residency, I’ll be collecting stories, images and impressions for an animated short. This trail has seen millions of footsteps from centuries of traders, miners and modern “pilgrims” wanting to relieve the historical journey. As a dual ambassador for the park and the arts, I plan to involve not only the people who will be walking the trail this upcoming summer, but those who have done it in the past, and in so doing, add layers of history to the story of the film. If you have hiked the Chilkoot at any point in your life, I would LOVE to talk to you. Please send me a note!!

The residency is an international creative journey generously sponsored by The Yukon Arts CenterThe Skagway Arts Council, US National Park Service and Parks Canada. Their logistical and financial support will get me on the trail to start the project. If you are a goldrush fan and patron of the arts, please consider making a donation, large or small, to help cover the cost of postage, printing, and animation to make the Klondike Letters Project far-reaching and long-lasting!