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The York Region Arts Council is a non-profit, charitable umbrella organization that serves to advance, promote, represent and connect the arts community across the region.

YRAC Attends Rouge: Varley Gala

14 November 2018

Recently York Region Arts Council attended the Rouge: Varley Gala. The event was an excellent opportunity to support a local art institution through a fantastic silent auction and an exciting round of live bidding, all while mingling with the local community of art-lovers and supporters. 

The Varley Art Gallery has been inspiring visitors for 21 years. Numerous elementary and high school students have come to experience art and education through the programs run by the Varley Art Gallery’s education department. This coming school year, through the support of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham, the William J. Withrow School Visits Bursary program will enable more students to visit the Varley Art Gallery by subsidizing the cost of bus transportation. These students will receive guided gallery tours and hands on learning through the programs led by the Varley Art Gallery’s experienced team of educators. The William J. Withrow School Visits Bursary was announced by board member Howard Back, to be awarded annually to the amount of $2500. William J. Withrow was a founding board member of the Varley Art Gallery.

Gallery Director, Niamh O’Laoghaire announced that the Gallery had been shortlisted for several OAAG Awards including:

Innovation in a Collections-Based Exhibition for Inscapes

Exhibition of the Year Budget Under $20,000 for Mother Tongue

Exhibition Installation & Design Award for Xiaojing Yan: Out from among the tranquil woods

All three shows were curated in-house by Varley Curator Anik Glaude.

Over $100,000 was raised at this event, and the proceeds raised from the Rouge: Varley Gala benefit theVarley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham, to support the vision of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham in offering outstanding exhibitions, public events, workshops, art camps and curriculum-based educational learning. While it serves as a fundraiser, this event also promotes the love of art and culture in our community with the Varley Art Gallery at its core as a vital cultural hub in York Region. 

On view at the Varley Art Gallery until January 6, 2019 is Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War, a travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum. The Varley Art Gallery is pleased to offer free admission through the support of IBM.

Sector News - July 2018

29 June 2018

Ottawa announces $125 million over five years for Canadian arts & culture​

Canada's powerhouse arts and culture sector will be receiving new support from Ottawa, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announced June 26. Over the next five years, $125 million will be spent on domestic programs, expanding the eligible sectors that can receive money and helping artists export their work internationally. The investment recognizes the growing economic and cultural impact of Canada's arts and creative industries, which now represent 2.8 per cent of the country's GDP.

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CultureDays Announces 2018 Theme On Beat

Presented by National Partner Sun Life Financial, OnBeat is a collective drumming and rhythm-inspired event bringing together thousands of Canadians from coast-to-coast both in-person and online to celebrate making the arts accessible, inclusive and fun!

Across the country, communities, organizations, and individuals are invited to participate in OnBeat by organizing drumming and/or rhythm-inspired events during Culture Days.

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Statistics Canada launches new survey on the digital economy

Digital technologies are significant drivers of productivity, innovation and competitiveness, and are constantly reshaping the Canadian economy. As the global economy shifts towards digitalization, Statistics Canada is conducting a new survey to fill important data gaps about Canadians' activities and participation in the digital economy.

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Study Tour engages cities in discussions on creative placemaking​

Artscape, with support from the World Cities Culture Forum and Canada Council for the Arts, and in association with the City of Toronto, was pleased to host a week-long study tour titled, Innovations in Creative Space & Placemaking. From June 4 to 8, delegates discussed the impacts of this crisis on cultural capital and communities, share ideas and successful approaches to building and sustaining space for culture in urban communities and explored local examples of creative placemaking. 

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Member News - July 2018

29 June 2018

2018 Art & Studio Tour

The 16th Annual Richmond Hill Art & Studio Tour continues to showcase some of the most impressive art in Canada! October 13th and October 14th. Learn More

Contemporary Landscapes - Winged Canvas

An exploration of the different ways we understand and capture our rapidly changing world. July 13 - August 12. Learn More

Made in Canada Exhibit

The exhibit will be available to be seen at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre now through Dec 8th during regular hours of operation.  Let the artifacts in this exhibit – both from the Museum and loaned from local residents – share their military stories with you.  Learn More 

D'air Dance Collective 

Presenting their first recital as a dance family, Chapter One: Our Journey Begins will showcase all the hard work they have put into dancing for the 2017/18 Dance Season!

D'Air Dance Collective will be showing performances from their recreational competitive teams, as well as suprise guest performers! You wont want to miss it! Learn More

Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery 

Book club July 26 2018 at 7pm. Call the Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery. Learn More 

Arts Society King presents Sharon Kirsch Exhibit 

Sharon Kirsh's vibrant, richly layered, textured cold wax abstracts explore the relationship between what we experience in nature and what can be imagined when we daydream. Experimental and playful, vibrant saturated colour and deep texture is enhanced through building up, then excavating luminescent translucent layers, all working together to create mystery, depth and history.    Read More Here

Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery Seeking Board Members

The Board of the Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery is looking for two new board members. Here is an excellent opportunity to serve your community by directing the future of our art education and exhibition of the artistic work of our community. They are at an exciting time with a new executive director and beginning a search for a new location in Georgina. If you have time and interest in serving on this board, please contact the gallery (905) 722- 9587.
BILL MAJOR, Chair of the Board of Directors   

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

395 Mulock Drive,
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 4Y9

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788