Mission Statement


QAC is actively involved in developing a Regional Cultural plan for adoption by local municipalities to provide funding and promotional support to artists and arts groups in our region.


Our Umbrella Arts Newspaper continues to be the most comprehensive source of news about arts and cultural events in the region. It is all you need to know about the arts in Quinte, published every three months with over 1,000 mailed directly to members and supporters and over 4,000 distributed throughout the community.

Information is also provided through this website, our Arts Calendar emailed to our members each week and our weekly Art Scene column in The Intelligencer (Belleville’s daily newspaper).  Our professional staff is on hand to provide information to working artists, member groups and the public.

Programming to Engage Artists

We operate the Quinte Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop year round to show and sell the work of local artists, painters, photographers, mixed-media artists, sculptors, glass artists, potters, fibre artists, jewellery and scarf makers, wood turners, wood carvers, and more.  You will also find a selection of books, music CD’s, heritage DVDs and gift cards.

Art in the Community
These art exhibits change every three months, and showcase the works of more than 500 area artists in non-traditional venues (i.e. medical centres and restaurants) to raise awareness for, and sell the work of, local painters, photographers, and mixed-media artists.

This exhibit is a biennial juried visual arts show featuring the work of up to 100 artists in the John M. Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville Public Library, every other May.

Special Events and Services
Culture Days, The Art Walk, QAC Gala, Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts, Arts Recognition Awards, and Seniors’ Dances, are just a few examples of community events, festivals and special events that the QAC has produced that engage artists and groups.

The QAC also works with other groups to help organize or support and promote their events – such as the Belleville-On-The-Bay-Of-Quinte Plein Air Festival, Downtown DocFest, Annual Student Art Show and Downtown Belleville Art Walk.

Arts Education

More than 1,200 students grades K to 12 participate in visual and performing arts programs where artists are brought into the classroom to teach skills with funds provided by the Quinte Arts Council. Schools apply each year and identify projects for consideration.

Our annual World Music and Dance performance and workshop is offered free to local students and provides an opportunity for students to experience music and dance from cultures around the globe.

Each year four graduating high-school students are awarded bursaries so that they can pursue post-secondary education for a career in the arts.  Funds are provided by Quinte Arts Council and Hugh P. O’Neil. Bursaries are also available to schools wishing to introduce classical music to students through the Eugene Lang Bursary.

We work with the Loyalist College Art & Design Foundation on two exhibits each year.  One provides training to students on how to mount and promote an exhibit, and the other uses typography to create images using digital media interpreting the written word.

Professional Development Opportunities for Artists & Arts Groups

In association with the newly formed South Eastern Ontario Arts Council network and Work in Culture based in Toronto, we have held focus groups to determine professional development needs of artists in the region. The goal is to understand what resources currently exist and what needs to be developed in an effort to change the economic model for artists and groups to help make them self-sufficient and prosperous.  By working together, the arts councils and other organizations involved can share research information and resources to make the workshops that will be offered affordable and convenient for our collective memberships.

Foster and Engage Dialogue About the Arts

Art and culture plays an important role in defining who we are as a community and contributes to a healthy local economy and lifestyle for those who live and work in the area. QAC staff, board and membership are active in the community keeping the arts top of mind with the public.