Originally founded as The Sudbury Arts Festival Association as a non-profit organization on July 31, 1974 by a group of local volunteers. It wasn't until June of 1998 that the assocation changed its name, to what we know today as, the Sudbury Arts Council / Conseil des arts de Sudbury.
Past Presidents of the arts council has included Laurence Steven, Jan Carrie Steven, Jon Butler, Ed Tate, Dereck Young, Gord Harris, John Lindsay, Vicki Gilhula and Linda Cartier (current).
The Sudbury Arts Council has hosted Spring Alive, an arts festival for several years during the 1980s. We were involved in establishing Cinefest, the Sudbury Writers’ Guild, the annual art studio tour, and Wordstock 2013. We host a monthly networking event called Arts After Five.
In 2014, the Sudbury Arts Council took a lead role in establishing the Mayor's Celebration of the Arts, a gala event that honours local artists.
The Sudbury Arts Council takes bold and innovative action to inspire and empower the Greater city of Sudbury and its surroundings through the arts, to achieve a vibrant, healthy and creative City.
A creative community is essential to a healthy vibrant liveable city. We are committed to serving all citizens of the City of Greater Sudbury by promoting arts and its artists by connecting, communicating and celebrating.
We are committed to celebrating and preserving our heritage, recognizing the English, French and Aboriginal roots of our city while also celebrating the many cultures who have contributed to the artistic landscape.
We are committed to encouraging emerging artists and assisting them to establish a network within the artistic community.
We strive to broaden the audience for the arts by awakening new audiences.
We are a recognized charity eligible to issue donation receipts.