Incorporated in 1994, the Arts Council was formerly known as the New Tecumseth and Area Arts Council. In 2005, the Council was awarded a Trillium Foundation Grant, to expand programming. An office administrator was hired to help with organization of the festival, and help develop additional programming. In 2007, NTAAC re-incorporated changed its name to South Simcoe Arts Council to reflect the actual area of service and members and in eight more months, August of 2008 attained Charitable Status.
The South Simcoe Arts Council is an umbrella organization composed of many individuals and groups in the area who are engaged in the arts (visual, dance, music, drama, literary, structural, architecture). 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 largely 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 to all members of the communities, by providing information about arts events and programs, by engaging the community through festivals and events, and by advocating for a central role for the Arts in the economic and social development of the community. Arts involvement enhances the well being of every individual.
The South Simcoe Arts Council’s Arts now in it’s 20th year, showcases “arts for all” through programs such as an 8 day Music Festival, a Choral Workshop, Youth Arts, Emerging Arts, many Visual Arts programs, Literary Arts, Youth theatre annually in the spring through to mid June. The popularity and calibre of its programs has been the impetus for growth. The South Simcoe Arts Council continues to contribute to community festivals such as the Beeton Garden & Honey Festival, the Tottenham Bluegrass Festival and the Potato Festival weekend in August of each year. It also works to meet it’s goals in order to portray our vision of “Arts for All” by providing outreach programs throughout South Simcoe. Partnerships have developed among community organizations and municipal governments.
It’s vision is ‘arts for all’. It provides programs for young and old, from ages five to ninety-seven including people with special needs.
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