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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...

4 days ago

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➡️ Are you a youth who has been impacted by community violence? Unsure of how to find support or cope with these incidents? Let H.E.A.L. help you!H.E.A.L (Health Empowerment + Arts Leverage), in partnership with @CityofToronto - Community Crisis Response Program, is accepting new participants for Cohort #3!🎵 Participants in this specialized program will have the unique opportunity of using the arts as a vehicle to heal towards health and wellness through musical and painting expressions. Each workshop will include trauma debriefing as well as artistic workshops in either painting or music, with music workshops concluding in a recording session at Phase One Studios.Youth ages 12-29 living in Scarborough - specifically the Woburn community who have been impacted by violence, trauma or grief - are encouraged to register.For more information, visit www.nextgenerationarts.ca OR E-mail jen@nextgenerationarts.ca or hello@nextgenerationarts.ca ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

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The talent showcase we’ve all been waiting for is happening SOON! ⚡⚡⚡ The Virtuosity of Blackness 3.0, in partnership with @RISE.EDT, is a virtual showcase of our city’s most inspirational, Black talent! It’s a chance to discover your new favourite musician, support local artists, and connect with the community. We can’t wait to show you what these artists are made of! 🗓️ This FREE showcase is premiering live on Facebook on August 4th @ 6 PM, during which you’ll have a chance to engage in a live conversation and chat with the artists. Register today: bit.ly/VOB-3 ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

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A look at how COVID-19 has affected non-profits across Ontario. Ontario Nonprofit Network has released its 'COVID-19: State of the Ontario Nonprofit Sector One Year Later' survey results. The findings followed a previous survey conducted by ONN and l'AFO in spring 2020. Responses reveal much about the dedicated efforts nonprofits have made to continue serving communities, the fragmented and inadequate government measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, and the work ahead as Ontario transitions into a recovery.Read the full report here: theonn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2021_ONN_State-of-the-Ontario-Nonprofit-Sector.pdf ... See MoreSee Less
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Art Starts is currently looking for young, gifted Black performers to audition for our latest instalment of the Virtuosity of Blackness 4.0 (VOB 4.0). We want to showcase your talent and invite you to light up the stage.

Art Starts will be part of the Arts in the Park Festival in the fall of 2021 at the illustrious Earl Bales Park. VOB 4.0 will electrify our audiences with stellar performances, dynamic DJs, soulful drummers and industrious vendors.

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