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!

Surrey Arts & Business Awards 2020

Join A Winning Youth Group! We are pleased that YACOS was recognized as a FINALIST in the
‘Arts and Innovation Award 2020’.

2022 Annual Garage Sale A Successful Fundraiser For Youth Arts!

The Youth Arts Council of Surrey’s annual Artist Garage Sale was a success, raising $350 to support future visual, literary and performance art opportunities and events for youth aged 13-21. Many thanks to the Arts Council of Surrey for their continued support of YACOS. Appreciation also goes out to the fabulous donators of arts-related items (all the instruments sold!), the vendors who rented tables and those who attended the sale! And many congratulations to the winners of the door prizes

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.

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ACS would like to congratulate YACOS member Sanjana Karthik on being chosen as one of Surrey’s “Top 25 Under 25” for 2022! The announcement was made in the March 24th edition of the Surrey Now-Leader newspaper ahead of the April 20th awards gala planned by the Surrey Board of Trade at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. Sanjana, 18, was recognized for her work with Your Words Matter to Us, a student led program that supports writers in their professional and personal development.

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Summer is Coming!
Register for Art Day Camps

What are your plans this summer? We’ve got some fun and creative options for kids through youth, such as Clay Days, Art and Acting MashUp, Young Architects, Experimental Photography, 2D Tablet Animation, Introduction to Coding, and Eco-Art MashUp, to name a few.

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The Joshua Show
Ages 5–9 years | May 28 | 1:15pm | May 29 | 4:15pm | Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre | $21 | Four-pack pricing available

Spend your afternoon with The Ambassador of Joy and award-winning puppeteer, Joshua Holden. The Joshua Show could cheer up even the grumpiest grump, like Joshua’s right-hand man, Mr. Nicholas, who is planning an escape to outer space. With singing, tap dancing, and a cast of zany puppets, Joshua sets out to convince Mr. Nicholas to stay, and in doing so, he brings glee to the masses. The Joshua Show will have you smiling from ear to ear with contagious joy.

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Surrey SPARK Stages - A Weekend of Performances for Kids!
May 27–29 | Various Times | Surrey Arts Centre

Surrey Civic Theatres introduces Surrey SPARK Stages, a new series of shows that will ignite imaginations and make memories! Join us for variety of performances and activities for families and children at the first annual family weekend event May 27–29 at the Surrey Arts Centre. What better way to kick off an incredible weekend than with a family-friendly dance party! Then, catch a show from our stellar line up of performances that grown-ups will love too. Best of Friends: Charlotte, Fred + Rick is a rare opportunity to see these three iconic Canadian children’s performers sharing the stage! The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, a captivating and uplifting history lesson, The Joshua Show will have you smiling from ear to ear and, TWEET TWEET! a dreamy aerial arts performance for our youngest audiences. Come for the shows…stay for the magic! The price of your show ticket includes a whole bunch of activities and sparkalicious surprises like giant giraffes, blanket forts, dance workshops, and pop-up performances. Join us, it will spark something inside you!

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Surrey Steps Up | June 3 | 5-9pm | Surrey City Hall | Centre Stage

Surrey Steps Up is an annual showcase hosted by the City of Surrey, Surrey RCMP and the Surrey School District, that celebrates the ways that children and youth “Step Up” in their schools and communities to do something positive. As a part of the 2022 initiative, Surrey Steps Up is partnering with Equitas to provide five $500 community action project grants to groups who are “stepping up” in Surrey!

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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


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.


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!

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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.

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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