YACOS [Youth Arts]


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COV_ART: Show us what you have been doing while isolating…we are always looking for submissions so send us your art or short video ( 3-5min please) today!

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HOW TO PLAY | Two art prompts will be posted each Monday for the month of March on @youthartscouncilofsurrey [Instagram]. Artists [ages 13-21] have till the Friday, 12:00noon to post completed works on Instagram.

Monday, March 1: 2 prompts to be posted.
Completed works must be posted by Friday March 5
Monday, March 8, 2 prompts to be posted.
Completed works must be posted by Friday March 12
Monday, March 15, 2 prompts to be posted.
Completed works must be posted by Friday March 19
Monday, March 22, 2 prompts to be posted.
Completed works must be posted by Friday March 26
Monday, March 29, 2 prompts to be posted.
Completed works must be posted by Friday April 2

…TWO OPUS GIFT BASKETS [see image below]!!!
and the winners receive…..

A winning artist will be selected on Friday April, 9.
Opus Gift card and Gift Basket of art supplies.

…RULES OF ENGAGEMENT | Artist must be following Youth Arts Council of Surrey on Instagram. Must tag as indicated belowand must complete all prompts listed for the month of March.
When posting on Friday, artist must tag
#youthartscouncilofsurrey, @youthartscouncilofsurrey, #artscouncilofsurrey and @artscouncilofsurrey

Theatre Smash Camp

Dip your Toes into the World of Theatre

Kids will explore a variety of performance styles and skills in this fun drama sampler camp. From storytelling to acting for the camera, from puppets to improv, kids will bring characters and stories from their imagination to life, smashing different performance styles and stories together.

March 15−19 | 8−12yrs | 9am−3pm | #78758 | $229.25

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Developed by Students at Tamanawis Secondary on Google Play
Sanjana [member of YACOS] and Astha, grade 11 students from Semiahmoo Secondary have developed an app to support and reduce stigma around it mental health. The intention of the app is to help people gain mental strength by learning to prioritize their own happiness via journaling and other resources. myEsprit is a free app offered in various languages. If you are Interested in learning more about the app follow myEsprit on Instagram and Facebook and download the app on Google Play.

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HOW IT CAME ABOUT WITH SANJANA…myEsprit is a free app that can be found in various languages. Its main objective is to remove the stigma revolving around mental health, help people prioritize their happiness, and provide them access to long term resources. Our app provides resources and reminders for gratitude journaling, reflective journaling and goal journaling. Users will be able to reflect and write down goals revolving around their Health and Fitness, Family, Intellectual Life, Social Life, Emotional Life, Character, Career, Quality of Life, Love Relationship, and Finances. They will be able to create goals and habits that can align with their larger goals as well. We also provide resources and reminders for mindfulness and breathing exercises, as well as mental health illness information and resources for long term support. Lastly, we also have a personal profile and provide users the ability to track their mood, water intake, and amount of exercise.

…meanwhile – Sanjana wishes to share some of her creative experiences and an original poem entitled ‘THE END IS THE BEGINNING’ [podcast]

Spring Break Art Camps

March 15–19 and March 22–26

Looking for an easy way to keep your kids stimulated over spring break? Look no further than our art camps for kids and youth. We’re offering Clay Days Camp, Youth Pottery Camp, Byte Camp: Claymation Movie Production, and more. Registration opens February 28 at 9pm.

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Surrey Steps Up 2021
March 12 | 12:30–2pm | Microsoft Teams

Sign up to share what you or your group are doing to make a positive impact in your school or community. Join us for this virtual event recognizing the many ways that youth have continued to spread positivity in Surrey. There will be a key-note speaker, breakout session activities and prizes

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Brought to you by youth artists group YourWordsMatterToUs, public speaker Sahej Bhalla presents a few tips on how to become an effective, engaging public speaker…even if it terrifies you to get up in front of a crowd!

YACOS 2019: A Year In Review

YACOS continues to participate in visual, performance and literary arts in our community. We are always appreciative of the continued support of the Arts Council of Surrey and their mentorship of youth aged 13-21 living and/or attending school in Surrey.

ACS Creative Showcase: On September 21 – the last date for the Cloverdale Market – , YACOS offered hands on, collaborative arts activities for the whole family. It was a great opportunity to engage with the public and let them know about the Youth Arts Council.

Artist Garage Sale:
ACOS hosted the third annual fund raiser in the Newton Cultural Centre’s theatre space for new or gently used arts-specific items. Tables were rented for $10 to vendors who could keep the monies from their sale; the rental was their donation. The other option was donating items for YACOS to sell. The event was a great success and it was decided that we continue this each year in January, with plans to hold a second event in the summer of 2020.

Write on Workshop:
2019 saw the third annual literary workshop. Generously supported by a City of Surrey Cultural Grant and the Arts Council of Surrey, four literary mentors presented sessions on different aspects of writing in this free workshop setting. Many thanks to Sylvia Taylor, Barbie Warwick and Daniel Tibbits for sharing their literary gifts with our youth! We had thirteen enthusiastic participants in 2019 for this free event.

‘Home’ Art Exhibition was featured at the ACS Gallery during the Christmas Card Art & Words exhibition at the Newton Cultural Centre in December, YACOS chose the theme ‘Home” and three youth artists brought in work pertaining to what home meant to them. There was a great turnout for this multi-disciplined exhibit and the opening reception included much support from families and friends.

Looking Ahead to 2020: YACOS is looking to add to their existing programs and plan more visits to arts facilities, such as a day trip to the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. There is also discussion of starting a local film festival.


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