YACOS [Youth Arts]


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Inaugural ‘Young Black Artist Gala’
Held at Newton Cultural Centre

Naomi Bazira, a summer student for the Arts Council of Surrey. Part of her job in the community was attending events, participating, observing and writing about what transpired.

In addition to that, she was given the support needed to engage the community from her personal perspective. The student program enabled me to be able to put her heart and soul into planning a Young Black Artists Gala which was held on Sunday, August 19 at the Newton Cultural Centre.

Here artists of African descent took the stage to exemplify the voice of Black Canadians through various mediums of art. It was a powerful event filled with stories of resilience in the face of adversity and beautiful demonstrations of artistic talent.

The community enjoyed original songs, spoken word, hip hop and lyrical dance, classical piano and more. The audience consisted of people from a multitude of different backgrounds and regardless everyone was moved by the display of courage and artist ability from the performers.

Call To Youth Artist

To celebrate Culture Days, YACOS will once again be hosting a Canvas Coffee House on September 28 from 6pm-8pm. Art exhibits and live performance by local youth will be happening at this free event.
To submit your artwork or sign up for a performance time, please email youthartscouncil@gmail.com

YACOS will be at the ACS Creative Showcase in Cloverdale on September 22, offering community art activities including sidewalk chalk murals. They’ll be at Hawthorne Square from 10am-3pm.

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