Our Mission & Vision

Mission Statement:
To foster the cultural enrichment of South Simcoe by developing a widespread appreciation of, support for and involvement with the arts.

Vision Statement:
To continually enhance our collaborations with our community partners, which in turn will enrich and enhance arts and cultural events. Our artistic vision is to inspire all artists to develop creatively, to enable them to feel encouraged to express themselves with new and fresh approaches and to provide forums for all artists to share their work and talent in our communities. Our specific Artistic Goal is to increase our series of educational workshops to strengthen skills, share knowledge, and to educate all artists.

We actively pursue our goal of “Arts for All”. By challenging belief systems and other barriers, we strive to make community education more accessible. Our gift shop showcases literary arts, music, mixed media, works of glass, wood, ceramic and fibre, and photographic, drawn and painted images on canvas, paper and card created by artists from throughout Simcoe County. We also have partnering community venues that showcase members’ hanging art.

We recognize the valuable benefits creating art has for personal wellbeing, e.g. improving self-esteem and providing positive life experiences. Our instructors receive CARFAC rates to facilitate and deliver arts programming in a variety of artistic disciplines. Workshops are at our gift shop location and in various satellite venues throughout South Simcoe. Members are able to use our workshop space to facilitate their own classses. We also provide mentoring to new workshop providers.

Meet Our Team

Sarah Jane O'Donnell
Event & Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah holds a bachelor of fine arts in performing arts and theatre education from Emerson College, Boston and is the owner and Artistic Director of Crazy Pants Theatre Company in Alliston. Between 2009 - 2013 she has had the pleasure of co-founding and artistically directing The Gibson Centre's Theatre School as well teaching and creating their after school arts program. Sarah has also enjoyed working with the Arlington Children’s Theatre, and Theatre Orangeville Youth Outreach. She spent several years on staff at Lesley University’s Centre for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative; helping to organize teacher training programs which implemented school based literacy intervention for students experiencing extreme difficulty learning to read as well as directly supporting literacy expert and program director, Irene Fountas.

Sarah's passion is working with youth in the arts and she loves helping each actor reach their fullest potential. Classes at Crazy Pants Theatre Company encourage actors of all skill levels to participate. Watching her students grow in confidence and skill through the medium of performing arts has been incredibly rewarding. Sarah has been seen on stage through various production companies in the USA and Canada and is no stranger to working behind the scenes as writer and director on numerous projects both at Crazy Pants Theatre Company and beyond.

Sarah has served as an SSAC board member and she is very excited to join the SSAC Office Team.

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Len MacLeod
Executive Director


The South Simcoe Arts Council is very pleased to announce the recent appointment of Len MacLeod as its new Executive Director. As of June 9, 2017, Len commenced managing all of the community activities in which the SSAC is involved.

Len brings with her an outstanding professional background coupled with strategic management and community involvement and engagement initiatives; all of which began with an Honours Degree in Visual Arts.

Prior to joining our organization, Len lived and worked in Mexico, the West Indies and an Ontario First Nation’s community. As a classroom teacher and later as a Special Education coordinator, Len learned skills central to developing positive cross-cultural awareness and effective advocacy. Len worked in a bilingual, bicultural education resource centre that serviced 24 First Nation’s communities and wrote the K-8 curriculum for The Arts.

Len earned a Master’s Degree from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, further honing her skills to identify systemic barriers, marginalization and institutionalized oppression.

With a passion for social justice, teaching and The Arts, Len developed and personally fundraised her Drawing for Wellbeing programme, held in Angus, ON, which seeks to overcome barriers and introduce as many as possible to the multi-faceted benefits of The Arts which encourage well-being, positive life experiences, confidence and self-esteem.

Naming and helping to remove barriers, while advocating for the marginalized is a priority provincially and federally. We are confident that Len’s prior achievements, which coincide with the current provincial and federal priorities, will greatly assist our strategic growth plans for New Tecumseth and area Arts and Cultural undertakings.

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