YACOS [Youth Arts]


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YACOS Invited To Paint Lawn Decor For Christmas Fundraiser

Christmas and the season of giving, is just around the corner. Bobby and Janice Basran have taken the time to annually decorate their house and property with many lights and favourite holiday characters. One special Sunday before Christmas, they organize a fundraising event, with the Langley Firefighters – to benefit the BC Children’s Hospital, where hot chocolate and goodies will be served and Santa drops by for a meet and greet.

YACOS has the honour of being invited to share their artistic skills in order to decorate some of the characters that will join the magical display this year. If you are an artist aged 13-21 and would like to help the Basran family raise funds for this event, please email Lyn at youthartscouncil@gmail.com by November 10.

Surrey Youth Showcase:
November 10, 2018 | 10am-2pm
Cloverdale Recreation Centre

Discover the different mediums and platforms that art takes in our community at this visual and performing arts event. Talent from Surrey’s youth will be showcased through on-stage performances, exhibits, demos, and workshops.

Youth artists between the ages of 13 and 21 will display their Visual art and young Performing artists will take to the stage. It’s an experience that you might want to take in and then be part of next year! Over $600 in prizes will be given away in both Visual and Performing arts categories. Door and draw prizes, as well as swag, will be given away at this event.

For more on this event contact youth@surrey.ca.

YACOS: A Year In Review


Opportunities such as continuing auditions or Calls To Artist that have no deadline.


We are the Youth Arts Council of Surrey (YACOS)! We are a volunteer arts group run by youth for youth, and it’s our goal to create opportunities for young people in the arts. We provide these opportunities throughout the year through large-scale events such as talents shows, play-writing competitions, film festivals and fashion shows.

All of our members and participants are 13-21 years old, and either live or go to school in school in Surrey, BC. The Arts Council of Surrey (ACS) is our parent organization who provides us with a safe meeting space at the Newton Cultural Centre. The ACS provides us with a mentorship program and services to support our artistic endeavours.

We work on many annual projects such as a playwriting competition [Write On!], City-wide talent show [Surrey Shines!] a talent showcase [Canvas Coffee House], and a fashion show [Y.E.S. Runway]

By working on the youth council, we have the chance to discover who we are, to meet people from other backgrounds and to learn exciting new skills. At the same time, the events we organize are the perfect opportunities for Surrey youth to show off their talents to the community.

YACOS is currently working to provide opportunities for young people to become actively involved in the local Surrey Arts community. Our Youth Coordinator, an experienced Mentor from the Arts community, works with us to develop programs by and for youth. In 2004 the major community theatre project “Let Me Sing” raised enough money to help get us started.

The way we work is: Surrey’s youth provide the ideas and proposals, and then we get together with mentors in the community to make it all work.



Amrit, Chair
Shubi, Vice Chair

MEMBERS: Wendy, Himadri, Fareed, Bakhtiar, Min Jy, Linda, Gurmehak, Tina, Pam, Simmie and Maro

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We welcome all questions you may have about the many benefits of becoming a YACOS member. Please call us at 604-594-2700 or email us at youthartscouncil@gmail.com.

Please fill out form and send to:
By Email: youthartscouncil@gmail.com
By Mail: 13530 72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3W 2P1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youth arts council of surrey


When the Arts Council of Surrey established YACOS they knew that ‘experience is a great teacher’ when it comes to the Arts and the business of the Arts. To this end, the ACS set up a Mentorship program that young artists can tap into when creating work or producing events and fund raisers. Today YACOS enjoys an incredible synergy with a number of leaders in the business, municipal and arts communities.

Lyn Vera-Lay

Petra Barker [Guildford Town Centre]
Beth Barlow [Chief Librarian, City of Surrey]
Catherine Bayley [School District #36]
Glen Chua and Tim Reyes [MOONLiTE Productions]
KC Gilroy [Former Coordinator]
Barb Gould [Writer]
Jarnail Singh [Artist]
Chris Thornley [Thornley Hayne Creative Communications]
Barb Wolfe [Surrey Arts Centre]

Paula Cooper,Kiran Dhillon, Trisha Dulku, Jaspreet Kalsi, Gurinder Kalsi, Winnie Liu, Lynn Vo, Isuru Withanage, Tina Yang and Tony Yang