Guelph Arts Council

Guelph Arts Council (GAC) is a community resource, a registered charity, and a cultural hub for artists, arts groups, and audiences. Founded in 1975, GAC was one of Ontario’s first community arts councils. GAC has worked to build the cultural heart of Guelph by helping new cultural initiatives take flight, and by collaborating to create a thriving creative city. We support Guelph’s creative community, engage Guelph’s residents and visitors with the arts, and promote the benefits of the arts for individuals and communities.


Championing and growing opportunities for Guelph’s creative community through communications, resources for learning, and cultural programs and partnerships.


To cultivate a vibrant city that integrates the arts into all community building.


Our values are rooted in our belief in the intrinsic value of artists and the arts, and their ability to inspire positive transformation for individuals and communities.

Strategic Goals

  1. Increase opportunities for the creative community to learn, work, and thrive in Guelph
  2. Grow connections and collaboration in the arts and between community sectors
  3. Advocate for and support: economic investment in arts and culture initiatives, including cultural planning and creative spaces, that enhance Guelph’s economic development and quality of life
  4. Increase the engagement of residents and visitors with Guelph’s artists and arts programs
  5. Promote understanding and respect for: the value of the arts for individuals and communities the diversity of creative practice.

View Guelph Arts Council’s 2020 Annual Report

View Guelph Arts Council’s Statement on Systemic Racism

View Guelph Arts Council’s Strategic Plan 2022-2026

Indigenous Territorial Acknowledgment

The land we create on today, and all of Turtle Island, has been under the stewardship of Indigenous peoples, and has been the site of Indigenous creativity, since time immemorial. Guelph Arts Council recognizes that the land we work on and are inspired by are ancestral lands of the First Peoples and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. We offer respect to the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of this land – past, present and future. We recognize the significance of the Two Row Wampum Treaty in characterizing our promise of peace and friendship as we journey side by side. We also recognize our responsibility to truth and healing as we strive to build new relationships and a new future. We commit to elevating Indigenous voices through our work. We are grateful and honoured to have the opportunity to gather, celebrate, create, and learn on this land.

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