The Quinte Arts Council (QAC) was established in 1967 as a registered charitable organization dedicated to supporting artists and arts organizations in the Quinte region by developing various events, bursaries, and workshops. In a QAC mission statement, the organization declares its goal “to provide leadership within [the] community, to foster and develop creative excellence among artists and to promote awareness of and appreciation for the arts.”
The QAC was created as a result of the successful “Arts Fest” event in 1967, which led to an interest for an arts council that served the Quinte area. The Chairman of the Steering Committee for establishing the Council was Marian M. Wilson, who became the QAC’s charter president. After conversing with the Ontario Council for the Arts and sixty representatives from Belleville, Brighton, Picton, and Trenton, the QAC was officially created on September 25, 1967. The QAC was incorporated in 1984.
The QAC is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors with committees responsible for different aspects of the QAC’s operations. The Board, Committees and other volunteers are supported by hired members of staff. Artists, arts organizations and businesses can apply to join the QAC’s membership. The QAC also publishes the Umbrella, which informs readers about arts and culture in the Quinte region.