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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...

2 days ago

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It’s time to channel the expressive dancer inside you! 💃 Join critically-acclaimed Flamenco Dancer and choreographer, Angelica Scannura, for a fun and easy-to-follow dance class. You’ll get the chance to try different global styles and let loose! This workshop is part of our Art Hour virtual fundraising event on June 24th. Sign up for the workshop of your choice and explore your creativity, connect with fellow art supporters and celebrate the joy of the community. Check out the workshops: artstartsto.com/art-hour/ ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

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Join Mixed Company Theatre for their online workshop: Masks of Manipulation taking place on June 19th and 26th, 2021.This two-part workshop will introduce participants to the “Masks of Manipulation,” an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat. Each mask relates to seven different emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life. In this workshop you will... - Learn how to identify various manipulative personas and de-escalate them effectively - Learn how the masks of manipulation techniques can help communities identify and articulate the oppressive forces in their lives- Use these personas to create authentic oppressive characters for the stage grounded in these manipulative forcesThere is a 25% discount available for students, CAEA members, and those identifying as underwaged. In the spirit of removing financial barriers to access, Mixed Company Theatre is also able to offer a limited number of “Pay What You Can” payment options. You can register at this link: forms.gle/hmCxhswCrvM9Wmdk9 ... See MoreSee Less
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POSITION SUMMARY The Video Maker will oversee the documentation of Art Starts programming and events through photography and  video. Through the creation of photographic archives and video shorts, the Video Maker will help Art Starts  communicate the incredible stories of artists and communities working together across the city.  This position is partially funded through the […]

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