The Sudbury Arts Council / Conseil des arts de Sudbury (SAC) is a non-for-profit organization based in the City of Greater Sudbury in Northeastern Ontario, founded on July 31, 1974. Our mission is to connect, communicate and celebrate the arts on behalf of the arts community in the City of Greater Sudbury and area. It brings together members of the arts community and their audiences. SAC is a source of who’s who and what’s happening within the region. As an arts umbrella organization, it advocates on behalf of all artists and is a source of relevant information. SAC encourages awareness and appreciation of the wide diversity of Arts, Culture and Heritage in our area.
The Sudbury Arts Council brings attention and support to the artistic community in Greater Sudbury. SAC makes art accessible for everyone, encouraging participation and appreciation of art throughout the community. It advocates and promotes equally for Anglophone, Francophone, and Indigenous arts and culture groups in our city, understanding the deeply important role each plays in making up our unique arts scene, and overall culture.
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.
History and Projects
SAC led in the establishment of Cinéfest, established the Sudbury Writers’ Guild, and co-organized Sudbury’s annual Art Studio Tour. It supports Downtown Sudbury Arts Crawls, and established Wordstock Literary Festival, which began in 2013 and has grown annually. It co-created the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, which awards over $10,000 annually to local artists. Monthly, it funds musical performances at the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce’s events. SAC also established Gallery 6500 at the local Steelworker's 6500 Hall, which exhibits social justice-centred pieces. A recent project organized by SAC is the Passport to the Arts initiative that offers discounts to passport holders from various arts organizations, which aids in audience building and promotion.