Summary of organization/program
Scarborough Arts Council is a not-for-profit community arts organization with the mandate to serve Scarborough and east Toronto. It provides programs and services to promote and encourage development and involvement in the arts, for the benefit of artists and the community.
- Local (Scarborough and East Toronto)
Founded in 1978, the Scarborough Arts Council was established under the name Arts Scarborough, with operating grants from the City of Scarborough and the Ontario Arts Council to promote artistic growth in the community. A membership base was established and initial programs were built at this time.
SA reassessment of the organization took place in the mid-80s, and by 1989, Arts Scarborough was redeveloped as the Scarborough Arts Council.
SSAC relocated to its current location at a city-owned property on the Scarborough Bluffs in 1992. Gallery space was created at this facility for the exhibition and sale of members’ work, and has since developed to include non-members exhibitions.
Scarborough Arts Council maintained a solid stable of programs for many years, and places great emphasis on its partnerships with other exceptional community organizations. SAC also publishes surface & symbol, a Toronto arts newspaper, founded in 1987. Surface & Symbol is the only newspaper of its kind in Toronto, and recently, it expanded to online publication for greater community access.
Scarborough Arts Council developed www.scarborougharts.com in 2000 to serve as a portal to the arts in east Toronto and Scarborough. With an increasingly web-savvy community to service, the site has since been improved and has increased user traffic.
SSAC recently celebrated 30 years of serving the community through the arts, and will continue to improve on delivering this mission in the years to come, with fresh and innovative programs and services that enhance the cultural life of Scarborough.
Dominant Media Forms
multi media presentations
Scarborough Arts Council nurtures and creates initiatives that stimulate growth and development of all arts disciplines, linking artists and the community. We serve and respect the full continuum of artists from youth to seniors, emerging to avocational artists to full time professionals. We operate in the firm belief that the arts foster the health of a dynamic society.
Statement of Principles
Music, theatre, creative writing, poetry, paint, drawing/sketch, photography, and film production.
Samples of work
- The Borough Most Thorough
Presented in partnership with Beatz to da Streetz, The Borough Most Thorough is an urban music and culture program for youth that visits three Scarborough neighbourhoods. The Borough Most Thorough will consist of a mobile program that visits Steeles-L’Amoureaux, Malvern and Kingston-Galloway with intensive one-week urban music workshops. Each one-week workshop program will allow 10 youth participants to collaborate on one track, which will be recorded in the final session of the week. The program will culminate in a launch event and listening party, where youth and the community will come together to listen to the finished tracks.
- Scarborough C.A.R.E.S.
Scarborough C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Art, Recreation and Education Services) project is a fully mobile, after-school program for youth ages 6 to 12 provided with no cost to the parent or hosting school. Outfitted with a collection of digital equipment, from cameras, tri-pods, laptops and engaging software programs, C.A.R.E.S encourages the “middle years” to get hands on with technology, teaching them useful skills and tapping into their creativity.
Launched in late 2007, the program is collaboration between Scarborough Arts Council, N.Y.A.D. (Not Your Average Daycare), East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, West Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and other organizations across the city. All working together with their respective expertise in their field, these organizations bring together a well-planned and executed program that addresses the many requirements for a fully engaging initiative. C.A.R.E.S seeks to enrich children’s skills through digital arts media and creative recreation.
The program is made possible through multi-year funding from The Ontario Trillium Foundation
- Aisling Discoveries
- Arts Etobicoke
- Beatz to da Streetz
- Birchcliff Camera Club
- Centennial College
- Centennial Community and Recreation Association
- Charles Kinsey, Native Plants of Claremont
- Charles Street Video
- Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
- Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
- City of Toronto, Community Development
- City of Toronto, Natural Environment & Horticulture
- City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation
- City of Toronto, Public Health
- City of Toronto, Toronto Water
- CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival
- Corvette Public School
- Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
- Dorsey James
- East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club
- Friends of Highland Creek
- The Guild Inn
- Guild Renaissance Group
- Highland Creek Community Stewardship Program
- Humber College
- InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
- Lakeshore Arts
- Laura Kavanaugh & Ian Birse
- Long & McQuade
- Mid-Scarborough Community Centre
- Mural Routes
- Neighborhood Arts Network
- N.Y.A.D. (Not Your Average Daycare)
- OPS Learn & Work Program
- Port Union Community Centre
- Port Union Seniors
- Scarborough Civic Centre
- Second Base Youth Shelter
- Seneca College
- Service Canada
- Spacing Magazine
- Toronto Association for Community Living
- Toronto Hydro
- Toronto Board of Education
- Toronto Public Library, Agincourt Branch
- Toronto Public Library, Kennedy/Eglinton Branch
- Toronto Public Library, Malvern Branch
- Toronto Region Conservation Authority
- Tropicana Community Services
- Variety Village
- West Scarborough Boys & Girls Club
- York University
- Urban Arts