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 has been a voice for the arts – increasing awareness of the role that the arts plays in creating a vibrant community where people want to work, live and play.
Mission, Vision and Values
: To champion and grow opportunities for Guelph’s creative community through communications, resources for learning, and cultural programs and partnerships.
: 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.
Advocacy – we champion artists’ rights and freedom of expression
Creativity – we believe that creativity enriches the human experience
Community – we believe that 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 that collaboration builds stronger communities