The South Simcoe Arts Council is an umbrella, non-profit organization with charitable status.

Incorporated in 1994, the Arts Council was formerly known as the New Tecumseth and Area Arts Council. In 2007, New Tecumseth and Area Arts Council re-incorporated and changed its name to South Simcoe Arts Council to reflect the actual area of service. The geographic area served is South Simcoe and includes the towns of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Innisfil, and New Tecumseth (where the office is located in the Alliston community); the two Townships of Essa and Adjala-Tosorontio; as well as Base Borden. Eight months later, August of 2008 it attained charitable status. In 2017, it will be in its 23rd year!

The council has been largely run by volunteers and is governed by a Board of Directors. Members range from budding artists to professional artists, to business owners to supporters of the arts.