Dear Art Starts Community,

Along with you, we’ve made decisions on a day by day basis while watching the COVID-19 global crisis unfold. We appreciate that it may be many weeks until it’s safe for our communities to gather again. In the meantime, all programming scheduled to run until April 30th, 2020 has been postponed. As funding ties to specific programs, the organization faces difficult realities.

There is much uncertainty ahead, but we’ve found it incredibly heartening to see the counter-pandemic of arts online.

A growing population world-wide has caught the bug to create. And it's contagious. Galleries, festivals, personal works, classes- these are invading quarantine homes across the globe. Art, with its side effects of solace and connection, is experiencing a renaissance in this time of isolation. It reminds us of how important art is to navigating change.

We remain committed that community art programming will be needed more than ever when we come together again post COVID-19. If you are in a position to donate towards securing our future, please do so. 


We’ll be staying in touch in the coming weeks as we have more updates. If you have any questions or want to send us a word of encouragement, please direct all emails to


Bruce Pitkin, Executive Director

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Dear Community Member, We at Art Starts take social responsibility very seriously. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we will be suspending all of our winter season Community Programming, until further notice. We understand that this will come as ...
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