NEWS & VIEWS
What's You Been Up To YACOS?
September saw YACOS involved in two important events in the Youth Arts community. The first on the 16th, was the annual YouthFest Day held at Guildford Rec Centre. A full day of activities ran until 7pm, followed by a dance until 11 pm. YACOS was asked to have their booth in the new Artists’ Café, a cabaret-like venue for solo singers, musicians and poets. It was very cozy and intimate, with tables and chairs for the audience, flanked by two art activity stations. One table offered a giant, collaborative friendship bracelet, while YACOS facilitated an up-cycled activity using old CDs. One of our members doubled as an emcee for the performing artists, all of which were very talented. YACOS registered a free activity – our Canvas Coffee House – for the national event, Culture Days, which happened at the Newton Cultural Centre on the evening of September 29. We had a photo booth, a display of two beautiful youth art pieces, collaborative art canvasses for painting, open mic, refreshments and our special guest, Sudnya Mulye of Sudnya Dance Academy. The workshop Sudnya led, included collaborative dance plus an inspirational talk reminding us of the strength we all possess and how joy and integrity can work in all aspects of our lives. All those that attended, seemed to take something away from Sudnya’s thought-provoking words.
Opportunities such as continuing auditions or Calls To Artist that have no deadline.
WHAT IS YACOS?
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.
OUR EXECUTIVE & MEMBERS:
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 email@example.com.
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By Mail: 13530 72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3W 2P1
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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.
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]
‘YACOS PAST MEMBER’ MENTORS
Paula Cooper,Kiran Dhillon, Trisha Dulku, Jaspreet Kalsi, Gurinder Kalsi, Winnie Liu, Lynn Vo, Isuru Withanage, Tina Yang and Tony Yang