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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...

9 hours ago

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🎨 March Break may be behind us, but the participants from our Print Masters program will have tons of memories to frame and even wear! Artist Janet Hinkle led our participants ages 7-12 at our very own Art Starts studio through this hands-on program. Participants learned and applied various printing techniques such as marble prints, creating and using their own stencils and more. Take a look at photos of the artwork and the young artists at work. What do you think?👀 Stay tuned for more programming announcements to come for our Spring lineup!#torontoyouthprogram #torontokidsevents #artclasstoronto #classesforkids #youthprogramsforkids #torontofreeworkshops #torontoyouthclass #torontofreeprograms #programsforkids #marchbreak #marchbreakprogram ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

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📋Have you applied to be part of Art Starts’ board yet? We are looking for community champions to join us in shaping our programming while gaining skills through this volunteer board training opportunity. We are looking for individuals who have an interest in arts-based community development to contribute to the organization’s mission. If you are keen on developing your leadership skills, have prior experience or interest in a non-profit board, and have a passion for social justice, we’d like to hear from you. Deadline to apply is April 28th. 👓Read more about this opportunity and apply here: artstartsto.com/community-on-board/#boardmember #torontocharity #torontononprofit #youthprogramsforkids #torontofreeprograms #torontoyouthprogram #communityorganization ... See MoreSee Less
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Join Art Starts’ Community On Board!

These are exciting times in community arts!

At Art Starts, we believe that community arts programming should be community-driven and we are looking for community champions to join us on the Board of Directors! The Community On Board program aims to connect Art Starts community members with the opportunity to gain skills through a volunteer board training opportunity. Members from the communities served through Art Starts programming will have a chance to serve on the Board of Directors and learn about board governance.



We are currently looking for a Program Coordinator to join Art Starts. The ideal candidate will have experience as an arts administrator, be self-directed and work well in a team environment. 

The Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all tasks and dues related to the successful implementation of their assigned programs. The Program Coordinator reports directly to the Community Program Manager and works in cooperation with individuals and organizations and supports our artists and program participants to inspire positive results.

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