The purpose of the ACS is to:
-Create awareness, appreciation and pride in the cultural and artistic achievements of our community
-Coordinate, develop, sponsor or produce activities related to the Arts
-Work with the Mayor and City Council to find ways to fund arts programs and facilities in Surrey
-Create programs and events that will ensure the sustainability of the Youth Arts Council (YACOS)
-Act as a resource center to provide information to the Arts Community
-Encourage the development local emerging talent in the Performing, Visual and Literary Arts
-Lobby for the construction, development or improvement of Arts facilities
-Research and coordinate Grant opportunities on the behalf of member groups


The City of Surrey is a vibrant, healthy community that respects, honours and supports its artists, and that celebrates and includes its cultural diversity.


To promote and foster the arts – literary, performing and visual – in the City of Surrey.


Executive Committee
President: Carol Girardi
Vice President: Maxine Howchin
Treasurer: Wendy Mould

Directors At Large
Ken Bradshaw
Helmut Gruntorad
Melanie Minty
Marc Pelech
Ellie King

Alternative Directors
Bonnie Burnside
Anna Hall
James Crosty
Ursula Maxwell-Lewis
Michelle Rakotonivo

CHRONOLOGY: 50 Years of History [1967-2022]

Surrey Art Society (SAS) lobbies for Surrey Centennial Arts Centre (SCAC) in Bear Creek Park.

– Arts Centre was built.
– SAS incorporates new name
Arts Council of Surrey and District was born.

ACS installed a read-o-graph sign
at the corner of 88th Ave. & KGH

The Surrey Arts Society purchased an address-o-graph machine for the Arts Centre and Society’s use.

Surrey Municipal Council approved ACS proposal with grant for art gallery and rehearsal rooms be built.
(The Surrey Art Gallery opened Sep 13, 1975)

Society joined the Surrey Chamber of Commerce to create outreach program to Business community.

– ‘Outstanding Service to the Arts’ Award for individuals established.
– ACS recognizes ‘Craft’ as art form with first Christmas Market

– Official reopening of the Surrey Arts Centre.
Hosted by the ACS.
– Annual Variety Show established.

ACS Annual Juried ‘Art Show’ established in partnership with SAC. 34 years later this exhibition still takes place as the ARTS 2000 series.

– ACS initiative opens SAC Theatre Box Office and Seat Numbering.
– ‘Business and the Arts’ Award established.

– ACS ‘Silver Anniversary’
– ACS ‘Lunch With Santa’ establishes at SAC
– ‘Fraser Downs’ juried annual art exhibition established

ACS donates Yamaha Brand Piano to SAC

– ‘SURREY SINGS’ Choral Festival was established.
Still thriving 19 years later
– PGA Gold Tournament at Northview Golf and Country Club – Art Exhibition

– First Mothers Day ‘STRAWBERRY TEA’ – Newton

– Youth Arts Council of Surrey (YACOS) established.
– ‘LET ME SING! Musical extravaganza (fundraiser for YACOS)
– ‘EASTER BONNET’ Parade & Workshop held
– Surrey Art Teachers Association & ACS establish
annual Secondary School Art Exhibit
– ACS provided scholarship to students.

– YACOS established one-act play writing competition ‘WRITE ON!’
– YACOS and local Student Art Councils produce annual ‘SURREY SHINES’ to showcase student talents within School District

held at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino

– ‘CHRISMAS CARD’ Contest (revived)

Work of Art Conference – The Business of Art

Fusion Festival – In cooperation with the
City of Surrey the ACS hosts first Canada Pavilion
(still going strong 8 years later)

– Official Opening of Newton Cultural Centre (NCC) and home to the ACS
– Surrey Children’s Community Spirit Stage

ACS GALLERY @ NCC opens featuring monthly Visual Arts Exhibits

ACS Visual Arts juried exhibit ‘JUST…Series’ starting with JUST BIRDS

– ACS, in partnership with the Surrey Festival of Dance (SFD) host Dance & Wellness workshops @NCC
– ‘JUST…DANCE’ juried exhibition
– Cultural Crawl Calendar launched in Surrey Leader newspaper

– Tourism Surrey and ACS launch
‘ART IN THE CITY’ studio tours
– ‘JUST…SHOES’ juried exhibition

– ‘JUST…FLOWERS’ juried exhibit

ACS and Cloverdale Arts & Entertainment Society
launch ‘Cloverdale Market Days
-‘JUST…WATER’ juried exhibit

Celebrating 50 years of promoting the Literary, Visual and Performing Arts in the City of Surrey and District

COVID-19 hit the world hard and prevented any activity this year from going forward.


Arts Council of Surrey HQ
is located in the
Newton Cultural Centre
13530 – 72nd Avenue, Surrey
V3W 2P1
P: 604.594.2700 | F: 604.592.6763


We value our Volunteers. We know there are many people who enjoy the Arts and want to help out various Arts organizations.
If you are interested in being a volunteer for the ACS or one of our Member Groups please contact us at:


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