Our History


We are one of Ontario’s first arts councils.

Guelph Arts Council was established following a City Council resolution of September 9, 1974 directing the Mayor to form an arts council for the community. On May 6, 1975 the charter was established and this new organization had a goal to stimulate, encourage and coordinate the development of arts activities in Guelph.

Over the years, the Arts Council has been involved in many aspects of the cultural heart of Guelph, including assisting with the development of new organizations such as Macdonald Stewart Arts Centre, Guelph Chamber Choir, Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Youth Orchestra, Royal City Musical Productions, River Run Centre, and many more.

It has provided a link between artists and arts organizations and the community, helping to share information about arts and cultural offerings. It has provided occasional space and administrative help to arts and culture groups as well as professional development support through awards and workshops.

The Council has been a voice for the arts in larger community endeavours and helped to increase awareness in the public eye. It has played an incredibly important role in our Guelph community over the years. The Council will continue to build on this foundation to continue to be a relevant and vital supporter of and champion for the arts in Guelph.

Photo Credits: Guelph Arts Council

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