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Art Starts Here...

Programs

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.

Mentorship

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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🎨 Paid opportunity for artists in the Lawrence Heights area!Art Starts is looking for emerging artists to share their story and artwork with our audiences! Your feature will be a part of our Digital Now project, which is an interactive platform that provides first access to emerging talent in Lawrence Heights.Eligibility:- must be from the Lawrence Heights area in Toronto (address required for honorariums)- must have a portfolio for submission Please submit your bio and portfolio using the application below to be considered. If you're featured, you will receive $100 compensation: APPLY NOW: form.jotform.com/222134526137247 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

Art Starts
🎨 Paid opportunity for artists in the Lawrence Heights area!Art Starts is looking for emerging artists to share their story and artwork with our audiences! Your feature will be a part of our Digital Now project, which is an interactive platform that provides first access to emerging talent in Lawrence Heights.Eligibility:- must be from the Lawrence Heights area in Toronto (address required for honorariums)- must have a portfolio for submission Please submit your bio and portfolio using the application below to be considered. If you're featured, you will receive $100 compensation: Apply now using the link in our bio!#callforartists #torontoartists #torontoartistsofinstagram #LawrenceHeights #artistopportunity ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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🎨 Eat, Greet and Create!This weekend Art Starts is proud to be part of the City of Toronto Culture Cultural Hotspot’s Animating Little Jamaica!On Sunday, August 14th join us at the Caribbean Farmer’s Market and be part of a painting party! We invite you to participate in finishing a community mural that has been designed by Kaygeni, a talented and expressive local artist.Everyone is invited to participate! Bring your friends and family, grab a smock and a paintbrush, and be part of an inspiring experience full of fun and colour.Time: 1pm-3pmLocation: Caribbean Farmers Market Green P Carpark, 1531 Eglinton Ave West and Oakwood ... See MoreSee Less
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Art Starts Blog

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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 will be responsible for coordinating specific projects within the organization and report directly to the Program Director.

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Art Starts Celebrates, Featuring Founding Member Elizabeth Cinello

In light of our 30th anniversary, we wanted to capture as many real stories about Art Starts as we could. Stories that highlight our both triumphs and our challenges. Who better to account for the challenges of starting something new than one of our own founding members: Elizabeth Cinello.

We asked Elizabeth: what was Art Starts’ greatest challenge? Her story takes us back 30 years when community arts was a new concept and local artists were struggling to be recognized.

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in 2019

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539

Artists hired

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