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!


by Kashika Kraushal


by Desmond Tompkins

Grade 10

While inside I’ve been able to write articles for the South Surrey Peninsula Magazine and BC Youth Council and attended some virtual business workshops. I finished created the second edition of Words Touch Souls, spent time with family, and did some cooking. I worked on my Mental health app and I am working towards creating a mental health campaign for next week as well.

I Hope
I hope when you read this
Your lips
Curve into a smile
A frown you’ve called your own
Departs for some time…
Because you’re happy
I hope whenever you’re feeling down
There’s a glimmer of hope
You are enraptured in…
And you savor it
A diversion,
A person,
An anecdote
That makes you feel at home
That even when life maltreats you,
And directs its stones,
Impelling you to drown,
And fragmenting your bones
You feel grounded
No one deserves
To feel down
No matter what people say
And to those who have wronged,
You should find happiness;
Because it is a power
That fuels us
Into making amends
Conquering animosity
With the bond it lends
Presenting the world
A piece
It’s misplaced
For too long…
To be

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