​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Brampton Arts Organization (BAO), previously the Arts, Culture & Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA), is a unique organization incubating within the City of Brampton focused on growing, celebrating, advocating for and connecting the creative sector by offering a range of programs, services and resources. We are a key partner in delivering the City’s ambitious vision for the arts, culture and creative industries as articulated in the City’s strategic vision and Culture Master Plan.

Vision: A thriving, confident, and valued creative scene and cultural ecology is the heart of our prosperous mosaic city.

Mission: To incubate, advance, connect and advocate for Brampton’s arts, culture and creative industries.

Values: Passion and Ambition, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Service, Community and Collaboration, Excellence and Innovation, Optimism.

We are focused on providing programs and services in collaboration with inter and cross-sectoral partners in the areas of:

  1. Funding, finance and investment.
  2. Leadership, advocacy and innovation.
  3. Sector development and growth.

BAO is a member of the Alliance of Arts Councils of Ontario (AACO).

2022 highlights include:

  • 605% increase in Brampton Arts Organization event and program attendance in 2022.
  • More than 3,240 local artists participated in one of our 87 events, programs and workshops in 2022.
  • 132 Brampton artists showcased through 10 calls for submission in 2022.
  • Launched the Creative Space Catalogue: a public space inventory of more than 200 Brampton sites where arts and culture activities can take place.
  • Launched the BAO Ambassador Program with Brampton representatives including: Director X, Rupi Kaur, Haviah Mighty, Sasha Leigh Henry and others across creative disciplines.

Full BAO 2022 Annual Report (PDF)2021 Annual Report​


Call for the CreateSpace Public Art Residency in Brampton

The City of Brampton is collaborating with STEPS Public Art to bring their CreateSpace Public Art Residency to Brampton.

This is a great opportunity for a Brampton-based visual artist to gain experience, grow their network and increase their professional skills toward building a community-engaged public art practice.

The application deadline is February 29, 2024 at 11:59 PM.

Call for Brampton Film and Video Makers

We are holding the Brampton Film Screening & Networking Night again to celebrate National Canadian Film Day.

We are seeking film and video submissions that are 10 minutes or less from Brampton based filmmakers for this paid call.

The submission deadline is March 13, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Community Connects: Call for Community Gathering Proposals

Brampton Arts Organization (BAO) is seeking workshop, event, meetups, gatherings, and program proposals from local artists, curators, arts collectives, and arts administrators for networking events!

Don’t miss out on this paid opportunity to develop programming that brings the Brampton creative community together.

The application deadline is March 3, 2024 at 11:59 PM.

Call to Brampton Artists, Performers, Musicians, Creatives And Art Collectives for PIXEL: Chapter 50 Exhibition

Brampton is turning 50 and to celebrate we are selecting 50 interdisciplinary artworks from Brampton based artists and musicians.

Help us tell your story within the story of Brampton's past, present and future and have your work featured on the 24' LED screen in Garden Square!

The application deadline is March 3, 2024 at 11:59 pm

BAO Strategic Plan 2023-2025

Our 2023-2025 plan is one grounded in our values and the needs of Bramptonians as we work to help drive the local arts and culture sector forward with a shared vision for lifting, supporting, showcasing and celebrating the arts in Brampton.

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Resources for further learning and recommended ways to support Indigenous communities.


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BAO Land Acknowledgment

For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples inhabited and cared for this land, and continue to do so today. Brampton Arts Organization is located on the Treaty Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Huron - Wendat; Haudenosaunee. Brampton resides within Treaty 19 and is referred to as the Ajetance Purchase. BAO recognizes the Indigenous peoples whose names were not recorded have travelled through and cared for this territory from time immemorial. We acknowledge and respect that all life comes from the land and that we must also care for this land and all life that inhabits this land.

We recognize the enduring presence of First Nations, Metis, Inuit on Turtle Island and strive to deepen our own understanding of the host Nations on whose territory we reside and we encourage all those that now call Brampton home to learn about the history and respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We are grateful for the opportunity to grow our families on this land and promise to care for the waters, the sky and all beings looking Seven Generations ahead.​​​​​​