YACOS [Youth Arts]


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Canvas Coffee House for Culture Days

Our autumn Canvas Coffee House on September 28, was a fun event, with music, collaborative art, art exhibits, a decorative activity to take home and – of course – coffee and refreshments! This is an annual event that YACOS puts on to celebrate Culture Days, a national celebration of Canadian culture during which millions of Canadians engage in thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations, and municipalities in communities across Canada.

On September 22 from 10-3pm the kids in Cloverdale and those visiting the Cloverdale Market Days (the last day for 2018) were in for a fun treat gratis of the Youth Arts Council of Surrey – YACOS. Joining members of the parent arts organization, the Arts Council of Surrey [ACS] members of YACOS hosted a tent specifically designed with young people in mind.

The YACOS team set up an Arts & Crafts station just for kids (okay – their parents hung around too and some even participated in their own crafty creations). According to those in attendance the station was very popular with the kids and adults alike. As a result, YACOS in hoping to participate again next year in this thriving market setting. It is a way for youth to connect and engage in the larger community that makes up Surrey’s diverse neighbourhoods.

NOTE: Those participating from the ACS were: Daniel Tibbits, David Kilpatrick, Margaret Strickland, Chuck Trebilcock, Jenny Lewis, Sarah Power and Linda Morris.

Surrey Leadership Youth Council

Have thoughts, opinions, and ideas about your community? Encourage other youth in Surrey to speak up by joining the Surrey Leadership Youth Council (SLYC).

Registration is now open for the 2018 Youth Speak Up forum on Friday, October 26 from 8:30am to 3:15pm at Surrey City Hall. Come check out one of our meetings: Mondays 4:15 to 6:30pm at Surrey City Hall.

Contact Amie at AJohnson@surrey.ca or at 604-591-4709 if you want to join us, or have any questions.

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