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  • Cultural Job and Volunteer Opportunities

    Please let us know of any opportunities... This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   See also our calls page, which includes paid opportunities for creative peopleJob Opportunities  Vocamus Press - Director of Communications (volunteer) Coalition of Muslim WomenRead More
  • Guelph Arts Council Announces Doors Open Guelph 2019 Sites

    Guelph, ON – January 17, 2019 – Doors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. Presented annually by Guelph Arts CouncilRead More
  • Diyode Launches DIYversity Project

    If you’re like me (a lover of puns, makers, and people of all backgrounds) you’ll be excited to hear that one of Guelph’s best pun makers are leading our communityRead More
  • Doors Open Volunteer Info Sessions

    Did you know it takes almost 200 volunteers to make Doors Open Guelph a reality? When you volunteer for this event, you make a lot of people’s day. Thousands, inRead More
  • Bringing Treasures Back to Life – inside a conservator’s workshop

    By Katie Wilde One day the phone rang in our office. On the other end was a lady with a problem: her treasured teapot had a nasty chip, and sheRead More
  • March Workshops: Confidence for Creatives and ‘No BS’ Better Social Media for Artists

    Spring is coming. Let’s shake off the cobwebs and grow as creative people. Tim Campbell, Relation Media Canada Not all problems facing arts practioners are artistic. We need practical solutionsRead More
  • Myths about Confidence

    by Tamsen Taylor  Tamsen Taylor, photo by See Photography There are many challenges that artists have to confront, but lacking confidence is one that tends to come up again andRead More
  • Banjofest Rolls Back Into Guelph! 

    by Brenda Lewis   Third Annual Festival of Eclectic Banjo Music Runs March 8-10 at Silence Sounds, 46 Essex Street.  Lonesome Ace Stringboard After 2 years of sold out shows, Banjofest GuelphRead More
  • Guelph Arts Council Presents The Collector’s Dilemma

    Guelph, ON – February 5, 2019 – Guelph Arts Council presents The Collector’s Dilemma, an auction of fine art previously owned by local collectors. This afternoon of bidding, listening and mingling happensRead More
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As one of Ontario’s first community arts councils, Guelph Arts Council (GAC) has championed the arts in Guelph since 1975. Over the years, GAC has been building the cultural heart of the city by assisting with the development of new arts organizations and programs. GAC has also supported cultural workers and organizations through its programs and services, and been a voice for the arts, increasing awareness of the role the arts play in creating a vibrant community.

Our Mission: Championing and growing opportunities for Guelph’s creative community through communications, resources for learning, and cultural programs and partnerships.

Our Vision: To cultivate a vibrant city that integrates the arts into all community building.

Our values are rooted in our belief in the intrinsic value of artists and the arts, and their ability to inspire positive transformation for individuals and communities.

We value:
Advocacy: We champion artists’ rights and freedom of expression.
Creativity: We believe creativity enriches the human experience.
Community: We believe the arts are an essential part of vibrant, sustainable communities.
Inclusiveness: We support and respect all artistic endeavours and embrace diversity, accessibility, integrity, and a role for the arts in affecting social change.
Collaboration: We believe collaboration builds stronger communities.

Strategic Goals:

  1. increase opportunities for the creative community to learn, work, and thrive in Guelph
  2. grow connections and collaboration in the arts and between community sectors
  3. advocate for and support:
    1. economic investment in the arts
    2. cultural initiatives, including cultural planning and creative spaces, that enhance Guelph’s economic development and quality of life
  4. increase the engagement of residents and visitors with Guelph’s artists and arts programs
  5. promote understanding and respect for:
    1. the value of the arts for individuals and communities
    2. the diversity of creative practice.

Guelph Arts Council is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors representing a cross-section of the community, including the arts, business, legal, and communications.

Membership makes a difference

When you become a member of Guelph Arts Council, you are adding your voice to support arts and culture in our dynamic city.

Donate to Guelph Arts Council

With the support of donors like you, we can strengthen arts and culture in Guelph today and for the future.

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