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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...

6 days ago

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📣 HAPPENING TODAY!This FREE, interactive, family-friendly event will feature some of the most talented up-and-coming Black performing artists in the GTA. VoB 4.0 celebrates everything Black, virtuous and beautiful including singers, dancers, rappers and spoken word artists. This is our fourth instalment, but the first in-person iteration of this lively showcase!Come ready to experience local food and craft vendors, DJs and MCs. The Virtuosity of Blackness 4.0 will be an electric event that celebrates our diverse and creative community.🎟️ Get your tickets before we're sold out: fb.me/e/1Q5qImZkO ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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💃🏽 Originally from Bermuda, DJ Call Me Pogi (Pogi) is a Black queer female DJ and MC currently based in Toronto. Her style is a diverse mix of different sampled remixes from producers, aspiring artists, upcoming artists, and Top 100 across all genres.DJ Pogi will have her audience moving and wondering what song she will play next at The Virtuosity of Blackness 4.0.🎟️ This FREE Music & Arts Festival will be an electric event that celebrates our diverse and talented community. Get your tickets and see the full line-up below.GET TICKETS: bit.ly/VoB_4 ... See MoreSee Less
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🎵 A hidden gem in Toronto’s music scene, Jhyve has landed several songs on Spotify’s Canada Viral 50 playlist!He has also opened for the likes of Jessie Reyez, and received a JUNO Award nomination for his 2018 EP, Conversations.Jhyve wrote, self-produced, and released Rapture -- a personal album rooted in mental health and finding one's purpose through tragedy -- in 2020. This album garnered almost 2 million streams across all platforms and cement Jhyve's place among Toronto's R&B elite.🗓️ Jhyve will be performing amongst many other talented Black artists this Saturday at Earl Bales Park. You can view the full line-up and get tickets for this FREE event below.GET TICKETS: fb.me/e/1Q5qImZkO ... See MoreSee Less
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Art Starts Blog


The Youth Artists Behind The StreetART Toronto Mural Project

Meet the youth artists of the incredible StreetARToronto Mural Project!

This summer at Art Starts we had the opportunity to work with four members of our incredible 2SLGBTQIA+ community to create a public art piece on the shipping containers at Albion Library.

In our latest blog, we introduce our talented team of artists and discuss with them their expectations for the project.


The Virtuosity of Blackness Moving Beyond Black History Month

Just a year ago, The Virtuosity of Blackness took stage in the Art Starts studio. Since then, the idea has evolved and not to mention, shifted due to the pandemic.

As we get ready to release VoB 3.0, our latest blog looks at the origins of the virtual showcase, the ways in which it supports emerging, Black artists, the amazing people involved, and its plans for the future.

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