The Kingston Arts Council (KAC)

The Kingston Arts Council (KAC) is the region’s primary resource for arts information and support. Through communications, programming, and advocacy, the KAC promotes the creation, development, and appreciation of the arts in Kingston and supports artistic growth and engagement for arts organizations and artists at all levels of their careers. The KAC also administers key funding programs, the City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF) and the Nan Yeomans Grant for Artistic Development.

Mission

The Kingston Arts Council provides strategic leadership and services for the arts – as funder, champion, advocate, expert, and resource – in Kingston and surrounding area.

Vision

The Kingston Arts Council strengthens arts and culture in the community by acting as a network for diverse groups, arts organizations, and artists across all disciplines and as a facilitator of opportunities to experience the arts as a creator, viewer, participant, and/or supporter.

Strategic Plan

We are once again heading into a strategic planning process that aims to take the pulse of our community, revisit our priorities, and examine how we can best support you in your work and participation in the arts. To this end, we invite and encourage you to share your insights and ideas with us through our online survey, available until 1 July. Your participation is critical to shaping the next steps for our organization and ensuring that our efforts are directed toward the activities and initiatives that are most impactful for you as part of the community we serve.

If you’d prefer a hard copy of our survey, they are available at our office in the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning on weekdays, or you can drop us a line and we’d be happy to get one to you.

Survey participants can choose to enter their name in a draw to win a $50 gift certificate to Art Noise! Our thanks to Art Noise for their support.


In June 2016, the KAC launched a new three-year Strategic Plan titled Building a Creative Community. The full plan can be read here: KingstonArtsCouncil_StrategicPlan_2016-2018. The plan was created after the KAC conducted extensive consultation – through online engagement, interviews with the City, discussions with the Multicultural Roundtable, and five stakeholder focus groups with artists, arts organizations, and community partners – with more than 100 individuals to discern pivotal issues and identify the role of the KAC in the community. From the consultations, the KAC identified key themes that spoke to a broader scope: access to space, programming, funding, and inclusivity and building a stronger local arts community through information sharing, networking, and professional development.

The development of the Kingston Arts Council Strategic Plan (2016-18): Building a Creative Community was funded by the Ontario Arts Council – Compass Grant.

Annual Reports

Click here to download a pdf copy of the 2017/18 Annual Report.

Click here to download a pdf copy of the 2016/2017 Annual Report.