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!

Literary Youth Arts…..
YACOS Aluma Linda Xia Writes Her First Novel, Heir of Blood and Secrets!

We first met Linda as a member of YACOS in 2015. Her gift of writing soon became apparent; she won awards for YACOS’ Write On one act play competitions three years in a row plus directed her plays when produced for live audiences. Linda’s debut novel, Heir of Blood and Secrets, a long-time dream since the age of fourteen, is set to be published in August of 2021. The launch of the pre-sale campaign started in April, and is looking very encouraging and there is international interest for Heir of Blood and Secrets! YACOS and the Arts Council of Surrey are proud to support Linda during this exciting time; if you’d like to support the dream of a local author, you can explore Linda’s Indiegogo campaign at https://lnkd.in/gQavyxj


Teen Publishing Workshop | MAY 29 | 1-2:30pm

Are you an aspiring writer? Join Linda Xia to discuss the different kinds of publishing and hear her experience working with hybrid publisher New Degree Press. She’ll also share general tips for preparing your manuscript for publication.

CLICK HERE | To Find Out How You Can

Literary artist SANJANA KARTHIK shares her latest spoken word poetry

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.

And The Winners Are…
Cheyenne Hare and Isabelle Kardosi

The Youth Arts Council (YACOS) would like to thank all artists involved in the YACOS Try Something New Instagram Challenge. It was true honor to see all the many creations the artists created over the month of March. Check out some of the great works of art that were submitted!

Each winner received a OPUS Gift Card and a gift basket from the Arts Council of Surrey.

CITY | More Art Classes at Surrey Arts Centre

More Opportunities To Express Your Creative Side

Focus on Drawing (12–16yrs)
Thu, Apr 15–Jun 3 | 4:45–6:15pm
#80316 | $88.80

Drawing Techniques (10–12yrs)
Sat, Apr 17–Jun 12
10:30am –12pm
#80279 | $102.40

Art Express (5–7yrs)
Sat, Apr 17–Jun 12
#80319 | $108.40

Online Introduction to Stage Direction Workshop (16+yrs)
Sat & Sun, May 1 & 2 | 1–5pm
#82657 | $160.00

Acting for the Camera (9–15yrs)
Thu, Apr 22–Jun 10 | 4–6pm
#82354 | $172.80

School’s Out Day: Art MashUp – Into the Woods (6–10yrs)
Fri, May 7 | 9am–3pm
#80347 | $49.20

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May is Youth Mental Health Month


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.

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HOW IT CAME ABOUT WITH SANJANA…myEsprit is a free app that can be found in various languages. Its main objective is to remove the stigma revolving around mental health, help people prioritize their happiness, and provide them access to long term resources. Our app provides resources and reminders for gratitude journaling, reflective journaling and goal journaling. Users will be able to reflect and write down goals revolving around their Health and Fitness, Family, Intellectual Life, Social Life, Emotional Life, Character, Career, Quality of Life, Love Relationship, and Finances. They will be able to create goals and habits that can align with their larger goals as well. We also provide resources and reminders for mindfulness and breathing exercises, as well as mental health illness information and resources for long term support. Lastly, we also have a personal profile and provide users the ability to track their mood, water intake, and amount of exercise.

CITY | Visual Art Instructor Spotlight

This Spring…Claire Moore

Claire is a professional artist and innovative children’s art educator with a special interest in projects that fuse community and classroom. Claire has a great enthusiasm for a wide range of artistic media and is able to share this with her students in imaginative and creative ways. She has been inspiring children in Surrey for years! This spring, Claire will teach After School Clay and Drawing Techniques on Wednesdays at Surrey Art Gallery.


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!

Click here to access | YACOS 2020: A Year In Review

ARCHIVE | 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