Aspiring Artist Awards

$500 awards to recognize BC and Yukon First Nations youth age 15-20.

Award Amount


Number of Awards

Up to 10 per year

Application Deadline


YVR Art Foundation offers Aspiring Artist Awards to British Columbia and Yukon Indigenous youth between the ages of 15 and 20 who reside in BC or the Yukon. Aspiring Artist Awards are $500 each and are awarded on an annual basis to youth to support their self-directed work in the visual arts.

Up to ten Aspiring Artist Awards will be awarded in 2023. Award recipients will be asked to complete a short questionnaire six months following receipt of their award.

Application Assistance

Please contact the YVR Art Foundation Program Coordinator if you require accommodations or assistance when completing the application form.

How to Apply

1. Apply Online:

Review the Application Guidelines and fill out your online application form.

2. Apply by Mail or Courier:

Download a pdf copy of the Application Guidelines and Application Form, complete it and mail or courier it to the address listed in the application form.

Questions and Inquiries

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the Aspiring Artist Awards or the application process, please contact YVR Art Foundation at 604.2276.6261 or by email at

Program Donors and Partners

YVR Art Foundation gratefully acknowledges the donors, award delivery partners, and cultural organizations whose generous support makes this program possible.

  • Anne Murray
  • Acwsalcta School, Bella Coola
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver
  • Native Northwest
  • Nisga'a Museum, Laxgalts'ap
  • Squamish Lil'wat Cutural Centre, Whistler
  • UNYA, Vancouver
  • Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association, Whitehorse
  • YVR for Kids