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Municipal Arts Councils

Markham Arts Council

The mission of the Markham Arts Council is to serve and enhance our community’s well being by providing arts and cultural education and awareness while supporting the work and development of visual, literary and performing artists.


  1. Collaboration: Providing space for artists from varying disciplines and cultural backgrounds to work together on collaborative projects and initiatives.
  2. Creativity: Fostering and nurturing creativity by providing emerging and established artists with opportunities to grow and learn. Providing the support, advice and encouragement artists need to pursue their passions.
  3. Community: Building a stronger, more unified arts community that encompasses literature, experimental art, visual arts, new media, music, dance, performance and dramatic arts. Advocate for the arts in the City of Markham.

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Arts Society King

Their vision is to enrich King Township through arts and culture for all. Arts Society King (ASK) promotes, supports and advocates for arts and culture through effective partnerships and innovative events and programs.

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Newmarket Arts Council

Their primary objectives are to act as a catalyst in bringing together artists, businesses and patrons of the arts to increase access to performance, exhibition and recital space in Newmarket, and to encourage connection and communication among all three groups.

The council plans workshops and seminars that bring together people seeking to learn and share knowledge on matters important to the membership, such as business concepts and cross-disciplinary topics.

Other planned benefits for members include a members directory, events listing, featured artist every month and a space for opinion and reviews.

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Georgina Arts Centre

Mission Statement: To excite the community about the Arts

The centre provides space for music & meetings, a Gallery Shoppe that features contracted local artists, our Native "Biindigen" Gallery & our KidzArt Gallery. 

The Gallery features eight to ten exhibitions each year showcasing emerging and established artists who work in a variety of media and artistic expression. 

In 2004-2005 the GAC became the home for the largest collection (outside his family) of paintings by Albert Chiarandini who worked alongside the group of seven. Donated by Bruce Smith, our collection of Chiarandini, Smith and photographer Tom Zsolt, is on permanent display in the Bruce Smith Gallery. 

Various art classes and workshops for all ages are offered throughout the year; Including march break camps and P.A. Day classes and a variety of Summer camps for the children.

The GAC is a registered Charity and is supported by the Trillium Foundation of Ontario, the Southlake Community Futures Development, the Town of Georgina and various donations, memberships, sponsorships and fundraising events.

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Arts Richmond Hill

Arts Richmond Hill was founded in 1979.  It’s a community based Arts Council whose mandate is the advancement of arts and culture through promotion, awareness and education.  Arts Richmond Hill is supported through membership, donations, sponsorships and grants.  It is our long-term goal to create an “integrated Living Arts Community” in association with members of the public, and to perpetuate arts and culture within our community for the next generation.  Arts Richmond Hill is a not-for-profit, registered charity, and voluntary

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York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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