The Georgina Centre for the Arts and Culture is an enriching, inclusive, and contemporary gathering place that promotes arts and culture as a cornerstone of community and creative development.
GCAC presents a variety of art and cultural experiences exploring, stimulating, and expanding public perceptions of art and culture – encouraging individuals to look beyond the frame.
The Georgina Arts Council was founded by a small collective of art enthusiasts in 1999. Previously, the building housed the Sutton Public Library.
Now operating as the Georgina Centre for Arts and Culture, we are a fully operational centre for the arts & culture, presenting a variety of experiences exploring, stimulating and expanding public perceptions of art and culture as a part of their life and community.
The GCAC maintains a permanent collection of works by a group of prominent artists that include, Albert Chiarandini, Bruce Smith, Kay Murray-Weber, Tom Zsolt and York Wilson. Included in the collection are many donated pieces of sculpture and artifacts that celebrate the history of many of our indigenous people.
Beyond our permanent collection the GCAC features exhibitions in support of both established and emerging arts. We celebrate the work of our local High School students and provide our “artists” community an opportunity to participate in our annual juried exhibition.
We acknowledge that the sacred land that we live, work, and play on is the traditional territories of the Chippewas of Georgina Island, an Anishinaabe Nation. We believe that reconciliation and mending relations with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples is our collective responsibility, which requires ongoing reflection and action. The “Anishinaabe people of Georgina Island have a vision of well-being for the next seven generations. This includes economic prosperity; safe and convenient travel; a healthy environment; and language and culture revitalization. [Their] hope is that all people who walk… on these lands, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, share in this vision as we all strive for and enjoy that good life – ‘Bemaudiziwin’.”
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to promote creativity, learning and growth and to inspire passion and appreciation for the arts and culture.
By nurturing creativity through the arts, we contribute to both community and individual growth and development.
Charity & Community
The Georgina Centre for Arts and Culture is a registered Charity and is supported by the Trillium Foundation of Ontario, the Town of Georgina and various donations, memberships, sponsorships and fundraising events.
Future & Legacy
Through our core values of collaboration, accountability, and excellence, we will continue to work towards building a strong relationship with our diverse community, improving accessibility and transparency, delivering education, and leading toward innovation.
Innovation – Collaboration – Stewardship – Excellence – Advocacy