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We offer community arts programming in six Toronto neighbourhoods for all ages. Our programs bring together artists and community members to reflect the identities and aspirations of each community.

Special Projects

We offer Special Projects such as arts initiatives, events, and workshops that occur city-wide. These projects encourage connection and collaboration among artists and those interested in the arts.


We foster emerging, youth and/or newcomer artists to help them further their own practices and advance their artistic careers. Our mentorship hub connects them with employment opportunities, grants, and more.

Support Us

You can help us continue to build vibrant communities through arts initiatives. There are many ways you can show your support: make a donation, give a gift in kind, or fundraise by running your own event or campaign.  

Art Starts Now...

3 days ago

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🎤Art Starts invites you to share and reflect on our artistic excellence at our Black History Month Showcase on Saturday, February 25th, 3:00-5:00 pm at Studio M. At the event, you’ll be able to check out some of the hand-crafted sculptures that were created by our young participants. You’ll also listen to the enchanting revelations by spoken word artists Gloria O’Koye and Affrica Dess Spence. Lastly, young women from the Oakwood and Eglinton community will perform their own song that was produced under the guidance of Juno award winner Korexion. Come and share some food and be inspired at this soulful celebration that pays tribute to our talented community. Get your ticket by clicking the link below.www.eventbrite.ca/e/art-starts-black-history-month-showcase-tickets-530774178857 #torontononprofit #torontoartscene #artistorganization #BlackHistoryMonth #torontomusician #torontoyouthprograms #artsorganization ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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February is Black History Month. Art Start’s Program Director Nicole Peña shares with us what the month means to her:“When I think of Black history month, I think of the great dreamers who aspired for better possibilities and were willing to sacrifice their lives to make them come true. I feel a sense of pride for the many accomplishments that we as a people have achieved despite the chains of anti-Black racism. I dream of a time when Black people are recognized and appreciated for their good character and not discriminated against because of the colour of their skin. I, like those before me, dream of justice and I pray that future generations of Black people will have an opportunity to live a hopeful life that allows them to realize their own dreams.”Taking inspiration from Nicole, tell us about what Black History Month means for you, regardless of what community you belong to. #torontononprofit #torontoartscene #artistorganization #BlackHistoryMonth ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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🧡 HEARt* is collaborative 10-week music program for BIPOC youth ages 15-19 from Rexdale facilitated by alternative hip-hop artist and songwriter AaleemRM.We are seeking 8 participants who are skilled in singing, songwriting, poetry and/or hip-hop/rap for this free mixtape workshop series. This will be a creative environment of positive release through music. The project will culminate with a live (in-person) showcase where participants can invite family and peers to celebrate their heartfelt creations!REGISTER NOW:docs.google.com/forms/d/1zQi7kNyBHeIUMR5uGj-gWOPSnTJ5QUpy13oeeTK1so8/edit #torontoartist #torontononprofit #torontoartists #artsorganization #torontoyouthprograms #torontofreeworkshop #torontoworkshops #torontoyouth #torontomusiclessons #torontomusician #torontomusicscene ... See MoreSee Less
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Art Starts Celebrates, Featuring Monica Wickeler

Monica Wickeler is a LGBTQ2S+/Luxembourg/Canadian artist with a passion for public art. She was originally trained in the craft of hand-painted outdoor advertising in the 90’s and has moved her practice towards community-based public art installations in Toronto and across Canada.

Monica has worked with Art Starts on two mural projects. She was brought on as a lead artist and helped youth artists tackle a large-scale mural project from start to finish.

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Want to be an Art Starter in your community?

We are seeking paid Bingo Volunteers responsible for representing Art Starts in a customer service role during 2-hour bingo sessions between one and four times each month at Delta Bingo St. Clair.

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