YACOS [Youth Arts]


NEW & EVENTS
ABOUT US
MEMBERSHIP
MENTORSHIP

NEWS & VIEWS

Scroll Down For Current Information

SHOW AND TELL
Show us what you have been doing in your world of art, Performing, Literary or Visual! We are always looking for submissions so send us your art or short video ( 3-5min please) today!



Join Your YACOS Friends Now! CLICK HERE for Application Form


NEWS & EVENTS




ACS RECOMMENDED…Youth Performing Arts
Waves | January 27 | 11am & 2pm | Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre | $16–$21

SPARK presents this sweet and gentle show for preschoolers. Step into the magical story time tent for an enchanting seaside tale about an underwater world of make believe. Warm and welcoming on a winter’s day, this quiet and peaceful performance will capture the imaginations of your little ones with its calm music, soft lighting and charming low-tech visuals.

CLICK IMAGE FOR TICKETS AND SHOW INFO




SASSY Awards 2024
Stay tuned: nominations open this month!

We invite young leaders making a positive impact in their community to nominate themselves for recognition. If you're an educator, parent, friend, or community member aware of a 15 to 21-year-old in Surrey or White Rock going above and beyond in community service, nominate them! Nominations, accepted in six categories, lead to awards and a donation to a charity of the recipients' choice

CLICK IMAGE TO LEARN MORE




SPARK STAGES | Call For Performers

Surrey SPARK Stages is seeking proposals for performances suitable for children and families for our Surrey SPARK Stages weekend celebration of performing arts for kids and families happening May 24-26, 2024.

Surrey SPARK Stages is Surrey Civic Theatre’s year-round program of performing arts for children. Every May, SPARK presents three days of innovative theatre, dance, circus and puppetry performances and activities for the thousands of people who attend from Surrey and neighbouring communities.  For the 2024 event, we are showcasing Surrey’s performing arts community with approximately 9 spots available to perform in SPARK’s Creative Courtyard performance space at the Surrey Arts Centre.

We are inviting proposals from individuals, or groups, with performances that are appropriate for children and families.  Performances will need to be approximately 10–20 minutes in length and will be performed on an outside covered small stage in the Surrey Arts Centre courtyard.

 Suggested performances could be:

  • Storytelling
  • Dance
  • Music and/or singing
  • Puppetry
  • All performances must be self-contained and self-supporting.

Indigenous, equity seeking and racialized artists, artists from traditional and non-traditional practices, and emerging artists are encouraged to submit project proposals if performances are appropriate for children and family audiences.

Surrey SPARK Stages will supply:

  • onsite support with on-call technical support as needed
  • small sound system for playback
  • small stage approximately 8’ x 8’
  • limited storage behind the stage
  • scheduled times given in advance to artist
  • publicized schedule on SPARK website
  • artist fee for performances

Proposals should include:

  • Contact information for individual or group representative.
  • A resume or list of performance experience.
  • Links to videos, website, and social media channels.
  • Other information you think is required to best understand your performance.
  • Performance fee expectations.

Please send proposals to Artistic Director Marnie Perrin at MLPerrin@surrey.ca by February 2, 2024. We thank everyone for your interest and proposal submission. Please note, due to space and schedule limitations, not all proposal applicants will be contacted or hired; those that are hired will be offered an agreed upon artist fee.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you,

MARNIE PERRIN (she/her) | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
SURREY SPARK STAGES














 
 
Click here to access | YACOS 2022: A Year In Review


CLIMATE JUSTICE THROUGH ART | 2022
The Nature of Youth

Emerging Visual and Literary youth artist from YACOS and Surrey. Using the prompt #Whatdoesclimatejusticemeantoyou those ages 13-21 across the lower mainland were invited to participate. Here are the great results.

Click here to access virtual exhibition

POETS CORNER

Sanjana is a member of the ACS and is co-founder of YOUR WORDS MATTER TO US - a literary club. Check this club out at https://yourwordsmattertous.blogspot.com/
She is also the co-author of the mental health app (see below) targeting youth.

LITERARY | Poem ' Gender Equality'

LITERARY | Poem ' Family'

LITERARY | 'The End is the Beginning'


Youth Mental Health App

YOUTH ORIENTED Mental Health App myESPRIT

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.

Click Here to access App

TIPS ON PUBLIC SPEAKING

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!



On-Going

Opportunities such as continuing auditions or Calls To Artist that have no deadline.


ABOUT YACOS

WHAT IS YACOS?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.


MEMBERSHIP


Click button to access
PRINTABLE PDF MEMBERSHIP FORM
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

MENTORSHIP

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.