Our 50th anniversary may be over but the holidays are upon us!


It’s December, the end of another year. Not just any year, 2017 was a year of firsts – or rather, birthdays. Two exceptional ones: Canada’s 150th and the Arts Council of Surrey’s 50th. It’s not a coincidence those two celebrations come in the same year. As part of Canada’s centennial birthday funds were available for one-of-a-kind projects. The Surrey Arts Society (as ACS was called then) applied for and received funds to build the Surrey Arts Centre. In 1967 the Surrey Centennial Arts Centre Arts Centre was built; SAS incorporated a new name and Arts Council of Surrey and District was born.

Happy Birthday to Canada and Arts Council of Surrey! Canada has had events happening all year and all across the country. ACS has participated in celebrations all year: ARTS 2017, Fusion Fest, Canada Day; has upgraded and redesigned the website, has published three ‘Art Features’ in the Surrey Now-Leader and is working on an ACS 50th Legacy: the Art Spot. While details remain undisclosed, it is believed that the project will make Surrey the first city in North America to produce ART SPOTS throughout the city. Councillors Starchuk and Villeneuve enthusiastically support this arts legacy project as a unique feature in the city of Surrey.

So say good-bye to our birthday year and welcome the New Year with anticipation. ACS will be bringing you events: Work of Art, Children’s Festival, Canada Day, Fusion Fest; art contests: Just Chairs, ARTS 2018 and a new contest to watch out for; ACS Gallery openings at the Newton Cultural Centre, and so much more.

ACS President