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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 connec​​ting the sector through the provision of a rang​e of programs, services and resources. We are a key partner in delivering the City’s ambitious vision for 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).


2021 highlights include:

  • Nearly 500 artists participated in online events, programs, information sessions and workshops in 2021 with 96% of attendees gaining new insight and perspective from the events
  • $100k was awarded to 75 local artists, musicians and performers through the COVID-19 Recovery Fund for Artists 
  • Enhanced public art in the community through a range of mediums including murals in downtown Brampton, 38 artist and artisan booths and three major chalk-art installations at the Brampton Farmers’ Market, multiple digital exhibits in Garden square, a 3D virtual art gallery and much more
  • Engaged with nearly 200 artists and arts organizations through the Big Artist Space Survey to assess and begin to address the status of creative space across the city
  • Have ensured events and resources are free and accessible for all to attend and provided employment opportunities for local artists and arts workers

Read our full ACCIDA-2021-End-of-year-report.pdf2021 End of Year Report here.




ACCIDA is now the Brampton Arts Organization (BAO)

The Arts, Culture & Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA) is now the Brampton Arts Organization (BAO). We are celebrating with a launch party on October 21st.

Russna Kaur's Maze of control & the slightest chaos unveiled at PAMA

We partnered with PAMA to bring this exciting new outdoor exhibit featuring Brampton-born, abstract artist Russna Kaur.

ACCIDA Partners with Neighbourhood Arts Network to support newcomer artists

Neighbourhood Arts Network's Mentor in Residence program is now open to Brampton newcomer artists and arts workers.

ACCIDA thrives in first year of operation

In its inaugural year, the City of Brampton’s Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency has made great strides at helping transform, support and nurture Brampton’s arts community.

Call for Assessor Nominations

We are looking for people who are plugged into the local arts and culture scene and are interested in giving back. We need your input to help select artists from our calls for submissions and to provide feedback on proposed programming.

Get in Touch - We want to hear from YOU!


Michael Vickers, Senior Program Lead, Brampton Arts Organization

Nuvi Sidhu, Chair of the Advisory Panel, Brampton Arts Organization

Katy Belshaw, Programming Coordinator, Brampton Arts Organization

Gardenia Flores, Audience Development and Marketing Coordinator, Brampton Arts Organization

Sumedha Mongia, Finance and Administration Assistant, Brampton Arts Organization