Summer 2016

Thank you!

Surrey Youth Orchestra
is hosting
May 28 & June 4, 2016



THE MOSAIC: YACOS Mural Project 2016
[Excerpt from Summer Edition of SPOTLIGHT on the ARTS 0708 16]

I feel that it is important for me to admit that prior to the launch of “The Mosaic” (a mural representing the multicultural nature of Canada) I never really thought the mural would ever exist. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe the Youth Arts Council of Surrey could do it; we had put on a playwriting competition and a Surrey-wide talent show. It was just that the idea was so huge and there was no precedent to follow, unlike, say, Surrey Shines, our Surrey-wide talent show, which had been run for the past decade. I was, to say the least, pleasantly surprised when we got a $250 grant from the City of Surrey and the go-ahead to start budgeting and planning.

Of course, there were quite a few snags along the way. There was the question of where we would keep the mural, who would buy and bring the plywood, what theme we wanted to use, and who was going to design it; all of which served to make the project seem like more trouble than it was worth. And despite all that, the mural project happened. Our wonderful, tireless president Aleza Zheng, designed the mural. We decided to focus on the multicultural aspect of Surrey. We painted for over 10 hours at the Newton Recreation Centre. (We forgot to bring brushes once and thus unintentionally wasted an entire hour.) And it was exciting. It was magical to see everything come together. As someone who is artistically challenged when it comes to drawing and painting, I was blown away by how easy the other volunteers made it look to paint intricate designs without screwing up.

We first started planning the mural in 2015, and now, halfway through 2016, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I, for one, am happy to eat my words and admit that I was wrong. Of course the Youth Arts Council of Surrey can create a mural of our own – from scratch.

by Linda Xia

Who are we?

We are the Youth Arts Council of Surrey (YACOS)! We are a volunteer arts group run by youth for youth, and it’s our goal to create opportunities for young people in the arts. We provide these opportunities throughout the year through large-scale events such as talents shows, play-writing competitions, film festivals and fashion shows.

All of our members and participants are 13-21 years old, and either live or go to school in school in Surrey, BC

Do you want to know more?

We are working on lots of projects such as a playwriting competition, City-wide talent show, and a fashion show.
By working on the youth council, we have the chance to discover who we are, to meet people from other backgrounds and to learn exciting new skills. At the same time, the events we organize are the perfect opportunities for Surrey youth to show off their talents to the community.

The Youth Arts Council of Surrey is currently working to provide opportunities for young people to become actively involved in the arts community. Our Youth Coordinator works with us to develop programs by and for youth. In 2004 the major community theatre project “Let Me Sing” raised enough money to help get us started.

The way we work is: Surrey’s youth provide the ideas and proposals, and then we get together with mentors in the community to make it all work.


Amrit, Chair
Shubi, Vice Chair

Min Jy

We invite you to contact us if you are interested in joining us:

We want to hear from you!

Email: youthartscouncil@gmail.com
Phone: 604-594-2700
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6292524521

Mailing Address: 13530 72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3W 2P1

Write On! – our annual one-act playwriting competition. The two winning writers get to play director and stage their plays at the Surrey Arts Centre for cash prizes, turning their written word into reality!

Write On 2015 will be held this November so start writing! Email us (youthartscouncil@gmail.com) for an application form; submission deadline will be in October.

Surrey Shines! – our annual talent show! Every year, Surrey Shines becomes bigger and more exciting, and we love it!
Surrey Shines 2016 will be in the spring! Auditions dates are TBA—any performing art—is encouraged to audition! Send us an email (youthartscouncil@gmail.com) now with your name, number and category (dance, vocal, etc.) and when we have auditions dates, we’ll give you a call!

Y.E.S Fashion Runways – our youth fashion show, co-sponsored by Guildford Town Centre! The show included an instant beauty contest, live entertainment, and plenty of original designs made by Surrey youth! The Red Carpet affair 2015 is taking place on June 26 from 5-7. If you’re interested in modeling, or participating as a hair stylist or make-up artist please let us know!

Canvas Coffee House – an open mic night combined with a pop up Gallery. This event provides youth with the opportunity to showcase their talent and even sell their own art work.

Although YACOS is no longer co-sponsoring the filmfest, aspiring filmmakers can still check out www.surreyfilmfest.ca for their chance to win the coveted Best of Festival trophy!

Arts Council of Surrey and the Newton Cultural Centre
Knights of Columbus #2742
Coast Capital
Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association
Surrey School District #36
Surrey Public Library
The Society for the Preservation of Vaudeville
Tom Lee Music
Young People’s Opera Society of BC

Past Member Mentors:
Paula Cooper
Kiran Dhillon
Trisha Dulku
Jaspreet Kalsi
Gurinder Kalsi
Winnie Liu
Lynn Vo
Isuru Withanage
Tina Yang
Tony Yang

Community Mentors

Petra Barker [Guildford Town Centre]
Beth Barlow [Chief Librarian, City of Surrey]
Catherine Bayley [School District #36]
Glen Chua and Tim Reyes [MOONLiTE Productions]
KC Gilroy [Former Coordinator]
Barb Gould [Writer]
Jarnail Singh [Artist]
Chris Thornley [Thornley Hayne Creative Communications]
Barb Wolfe [Surrey Arts Centre]

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!


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