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Announcing: Arts Action Now!
York Region Arts Council is supporting Arts Action Now, the Ontarians for the Arts primary activism vehicle.

We are looking for insightful, knowledgeable and proactive community leaders to volunteer as arts advocates and meet with local MPPs and Candidates. We encourage to you get involved! 
With your help, Ontarians for the Arts will engage with as many MPPs and Candidates in as many ridings as possible in the lead-up to the provincial election on June 7. Messaging, materials and training will be made available to prepare you for your meetings. Meetings will be organized by local advocates, supported by Ontarians for the Arts Regional Convenors, Steering Committee members, and staff.
The format

  1. Volunteer spokespeople are recruited at the local level to help organize and meet with MPPs and Candidates ahead of the June 7 election.
  2. Volunteer spokespeople participate in a training session prior to their scheduled meeting(s).
  3. Meeting(s) take place in art spaces, public places or MPP and Candidate offices. Volunteer spokespeople have speaking notes on hand.
  4. Teams debrief, complete a short evaluation, and forward feedback to Ontarians for the Arts and York Region Arts Council.

What do we want incumbents or candidates to remember? 

  • The arts matter to their constituents and are an important part of community life.
  • Artists live and work in their communities. They support local business and help attract business.
  • The provincial government plays an important role in supporting the arts and culture sector.
  • The volunteer spokespeople they met with were credible and passionate.

How do I get involved?

  • Option 1: Register on the York Region Arts Council form.
  • Option 2: Visit and click on SIGN UP FORM.
  • Option 3: Or, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your full name, telephone number and email address, as well as your home and work electoral districts (ridings).
  • Learn more: Connections and Resilience through the Arts

Mark your calendar: Training Mondays at 1 pm in English and 2 pm in French

Every week, starting Monday, March 26, a one-hour teleconference training session will be available to Arts Action Now volunteers. Topics include messaging and delivery, media relations, language (safe/no-go zones), as well as a Q&A component.  

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for a Monday training session that works for you and precedes your Arts Action Now activities.

Thank you to our funders and partners!



The York Region Arts Council is grateful for the support of individuals who believe in the importance and beauty of art. The generosity of volunteers and donors is instrumental to the success of the York Region Arts Council.

Volunteer with Us

Volunteers provide a constant source of energy and enthusiasm to YRAC. Our volunteers enjoy being in an environment where art is the primary focus and take pleasure in being able to contribute and lend a hand to us. With various opportunities available, there are many rewards for our volunteers in addition to the chance to support the arts council with your time, energy and skills.

There is always something exciting going on at YRAC, and as a volunteer you can be part of the action.

Ways to Volunteer with Us


We hold many different events throughout the year. There are annual events such as the YRAC Arts and Culture Conference, and Fundraising Gala Dinner as well as a range of smaller and larger events throughout the year.


There is always work to be done in our busy administrative office. Volunteers perform a variety of clerical duties including: data entry, word processing, filing, sorting, collating, and stuffing envelopes for mailings.

Please fill out the form if you would like to volunteer with us.

Help us Grow

The York Region Arts Council (YRAC) is entering a new and exciting phase in 2018 with new initiatives which will further strengthen and support artists and arts organizations. Our work is made possible by the dedication of our staff and volunteers, and the generous patronage of our funders and donors.

As a charitable, not-for-profit organization, YRAC actively seeks partnerships with public supporters, individuals, corporations and foundations. Without your strong partnership, we would not be able to grow our quality programming. Please consider making an individual donation below. 

As a donor, you will support continued grown and artistic excellence in York Region as we work to reach artists directly and impact the arts so that we at YRAC can engage the community fully. Your generosity will help support and champion a vibrant, dynamic arts community within York Region and enrich the lives of our citizens and the success of the York Region Arts Council.

This gift will support the creation and implementation of professional development programs for York Region based artists, arts organizations, and creative entrepreneurs. The Artrepreneur business accelerator, mentorship, and artist-in-residence programs are examples of the type of project your gift will contribute to growth.

Creatives who participate in these programs go on to have a significant impact on the local community and beyond. You have the opportunity to collectively enable this impact and we look forward to sharing all of the success stories with you!



York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

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

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