About Scugog Arts

Scugog Arts is our community’s creative hub: awakening, inspiring and connecting you to all the arts. We are an arts space on Queen Street in Port Perry with Resident Artists, Biidaaban Gallery, monthly exhibitions, workshops for artists and our visitors, and meet-up space. Scugog Arts organizes and holds multi-arts cultural events, literary programs, festivals and tours. Awaken your interest and participation in all of the arts at our Culture Days event in September, our Lake Scugog Studio Tour and multi-discipline arts festival: small town BIG in May, and Sunday Pop Up Market running from the May long weekend through Thanksgiving, and Christmas Market mid Nov – December each year. Let our space inspire you with our monthly exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, photography, installations and more. Shop for unique original hand-made pottery, fibre, original prints, mixed-media, jewellery, stone and paintings, and authentic indigenous art from Biidaaban Gallery. We are open Tuesday – Sunday, 11-5 and until 8 on Fridays. Shop our gallery anytime on-line at www.shopscugogarts.ca. We connect our community with public art displays such as our Art You Can Sit On chairs, creating a memorial to Bill Lishman and ceiling tiles for our hospital, and with live theatre and music in our back lot. Our Literary Contest, Ekphrastic Writing, opens on-line in January with the announcement of the visual art pieces chosen from our Annual Juried Show from the prior August, then we hold a reading and awards night, workshops, SLAM events and 10-word story contests throughout the year. Scugog Arts is funded by individual donors, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Vos’ Independent Grocery, Old Flame Brewery, Canadian Tire Port Perry, Ontario Culture Days, Central Counties Tourism and the Canada Summer Jobs program of the Government of Canada. Our fundraising efforts always focus in unique ways on various arts disciplines with engaging entertainment for supporters such as our Art Parties and Mural Marathon. We are not funded in any way by local governments. We help to support arts practitioners with workshops, by promoting and selling their work, hiring them to teach, sharing our space, and with awards and prizes. Scugog Arts is an economic and tourism driver for our community and adds to the vibrancy of Port Perry for residents and visitors alike. We are proud of our role as our community’s creative hub: awakening, inspiring and connecting.

Vision: 

Our Community’s Creative Hub: Awakening. Inspiring. Connecting  

MISSION:
To the artists, residents of and visitors to our township, the Scugog Council for the Arts is the integral leadership organization engaging people, organizations and government with resources and opportunities, serving to enrich our lives through the arts, fulfill our artistic and creative potential, and contribute to economic development and cultural tourism. We will strive to maximize our contributions to the vibrancy and quality of life in our community, as we support art for arts sake.

Strategic Pillars

  • Thriving Arts Community
  • Strong Partnerships
  • Arts & Culture Valued
  • Organizational Effectiveness.

Organizational Values:

In fulfilling our mission and vision, we take actions that express the following values:

  • Respect: we believe that all people should be treated with consideration and dignity.

    Caring:  we are committed to an organization that is compassionate.

    Teamwork:  we are committed to effective partnerships between volunteers and staff and will seek opportunities for partnerships with the community we serve.

    Integrity:  we are committed to act in an ethical, open and honest manner.

    Accessibility: both physically and economically (affordable)

    Diversity and Inclusion: we are representative of the larger community as defined by ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation.

    Community Engagement: an engagement with people that give us artistic outcomes, and an approach to decision-making that includes consensus building, forums, surveys and round-tables.

    Community Pride: in our area that is based on its heritage, its natural environment and its culture as expressed through the arts.

    Continuous Improvement and Lifelong Learning:  as leaders and advocates for the arts

Strategies

  1. Contribute to the vibrancy and quality of life in our community.
  2. Maximize opportunities for creative expression and arts education for all residents with programming.
  3. Cultivate collaborative connections, communication, and utilize community resources.
  4. Serve as a catalyst for community economic development and tourism through the arts.
  5. Advocate for the arts with a unified voice on behalf of the community.
  6. Be attractive to a range of co-investors such as funders, donors, members, public, artists, volunteers.
  7. Build the effectiveness and professionalism of the organization.
  8. Strengthen the organization’s financial viability, and broaden and enhance revenue generation capabilities.

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