To foster the cultural enrichment of South Simcoe by developing a widespread appreciation of, support for, and involvement with the arts.
The South Simcoe Arts Council is an umbrella organization composed of many individuals and groups in the area who are engaged in the Arts, including Sculpture, Fibre Arts, Drama/Speech, Theatre Arts, Music, Dance, Visual Arts (painting, drawing, mixed media and the graphic arts), Architecture, Digital Arts, Photography and Writing. The council has been largely run by volunteers and is governed by a Board of Directors. The South Simcoe Arts Council is a non-profit organization with charitable status. Members range from budding artists to professional artists, to business owners to supporters of the arts. The geographic area served is South Simcoe and includes the towns of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Innisfil, and New Tecumseth (where the office is located in the Alliston Community); the two townships Essa and Adjala-Tosorontio; and Base Borden.
The Council seeks to make the Arts accessible and affords opportunities to all members of the communities. It provides information about arts events and programs, engages the community through its festivals and events, education programs and its advocates for a central role for the Arts in the economic and social development of the communities it serves.
Arts involvement enhances the well being of every individual.
The Directory is produced in February of each year. It lists all SSAC members, and includes local artists, musicians, organizations, businesses and art supporters. Photos are included with a majority of the entries. Special thanks go to Helen Marioncu for designing the cover of the 2012 directory. 2,000 copies were printed and distributed to members, organizations and local libraries.
Bradford West Gwillimbury Studio Tour
The first annual Bradford West Gwillimbury Studio Tour saw 23 artists located at 13 sites showcase their art in their community. The perimeter of the tour extended from the 6th line Bradford to just north of the 12th line and West from Dissette Street to just East of Highway 27. Art included painting, woodturning, pottery, photography, jewellery, painting on wearable fabric, recycled fabric design, stone etching, and one-of-a-kind furniture made from recycled wood products. Over 350 people attended this studio tour.
Local town council, sponsors and media were enthusiastic and supportive in both monetary and volunteer capacities to ensure a successful event. Visitors enjoyed touring the sites and made “a day of it” visiting the artists and making purchases as well as enjoying local eateries as they went from artist to artist on the route. Guests were met who came from as far as Northern Ireland, Australia and closer to home Ottawa and Windsor.
The SSAC performed the role of treasurer, advisor and offered informational support, as well as assisting in the distribution of advertising throughout their territory for the studio tour. SSAC representatives attended meetings with the town and supported the presentation to Town Council for financial and nominal support for the tour. The exposure of SSAC in Bradford West Gwillimbury highlighted the profile of our organization in the community and made politicians as well as artists aware of the role of SSAC.
Special thanks go to Stella Wadsworth and Maureen Joyce, who volunteered many, many hours of their time organizing this event.
Potato Festival Road Art
On Saturday, August 6: South Simcoe Arts Council partnered with Millpond Centre Cafe & Gallery and Lloyd’s Gallery /Papermoon at the Alliston Potato Festival's Road Art Event! This years event raised $220.01 in donations which will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
Congratulations to all participants and to the generosity of those who donated.
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