About Us - History

The South Simcoe Arts Council began in the late 1980's with a small group dedicated to celebrating local art and culture. Officially declared the New Tecumseth and Area Arts Council in 1993, and incorporated in 1994, we are now in our 25th year.

With a name change to the South Simcoe Arts Council in 2007, we have been promoting and encouraging member artists of all skills, levels and disciplines from South Simcoe’s five municipalities (Bradford West Gwillimbury, Innisfil, New Tecumseth, Essa, Adjala-Tosorontio)

- Alan Anderson Writing Contest
2001 -
- Website
2002 -
- Music Festival
- Charitable status granted
2004 -
- Moved to our location at The Gibson Centre
- Arts on Main
- Arts in our Community
2010 -
- Battle of the Brushes
2015 -
- Moved into 41 Victoria Street East launching our new Gift Shop & class location
2016 -
- Developing Wellness Workshops
- Creative Works Writing Contest
2017 -
- Three Wellness workshops in Angus
- Partnership with Matthew’s House Hospice for Wellness Workshops
- Workshop Mentorship for new instructors
2018 -
- Arts Talk print and online magazine
- Wellness workshops in Alliston

With a dedicated focus on “Arts for All,” we continually learn to identify, understand and develop strategies to reduce and eliminate the challenges and barriers that inhibit community access to arts-based programs.