Mission Statement

An inclusive and equitable culture of diversity is at the core of our mandate at the QAC. Our authentic commitment to these values is unwavering – they are central to our mission and to our impact across all disciplines of the arts. We know that having varied perspectives helps cultivate creative ideas, and inclusion is how we unleash the power of diversity and creativity.

  • to advance the arts in the Bay of Quinte region
  • to support and promote the artistic endeavours of our members
  • to offer professional development workshops for artists and act as a resource centre
  • to offer annual grants, bursaries and awards for our next generation of artists
  • to create awareness of the arts through various media
  • to advocate for the arts at all levels of government
  • to work with other arts groups on long-range planning to promote collaboration


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 arts on the table with regional government and beyond. 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, and continue to foster and engage dialogue about the arts.


Our Umbrella Arts Magazine 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 4000 distributed throughout the community.

Information is also provided through this website, our Arts Calendar emailed to our members each week and our weekly Cultivating Creativity column in The Intelligencer (Belleville’s daily newspaper).

Programming to Engage Artists

We operate the Quinte Arts Council Gallery and host six to eight shows annually that showcase the diversity and creativity of our local arts community.

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

Special Events and Services
Culture Days, Downtown Art Walks, Luncheon for the Arts, Arts Recognition Awards, Plein Air Festival and Holiday Home Tour are just a few examples of community events, festivals and special events that the QAC produces to engage artists and groups.

The QAC also works with other groups to help organize or support and promote their events.

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.

Each year six 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. The Susan Richardson Bursary and the Elaine A. Small Student Bursary supports students who are continuing their musical education.