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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...

3 days ago

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📣 Looking for focus group participants from the Black CommunityIf you live in the Lawrence Heights, Eglinton and Oakwood or Neptune Community and are between the ages of 16-75, we invite you to apply to this paid opportunity!The objective of this survey is to engage people who don’t attend the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Toronto Symphony or the Canadian Opera Company so we can understand and address the barriers that lead to exclusion. 📩 For more info or to apply, please contact nicolepena@artstartsto.com ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

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🤩 It’s time for the GRAND reveal! Created by 4 youth artists, this colourful new addition to the Albion Library in Etobicoke explores themes of Afrocentrism, food and movement.We’d love for you to join the party! Come enjoy some food, meet the artists, and take in the thematic art piece.🗓️ It’s all happening on Friday, October 29th from 2-4 PM at Albion Library, 1515 Albion Road, Etobicoke. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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🎬 Calling all aspiring film-makers!Our new program, Fables, will equip you with all the skills to create an original short film. Learn the art of story writing, sourcing copyright-free music, and photography/videography tips and tricks. No experience necessary! This is a virtual program for ages 20+. Get signed up by registering on our Community Programs page below:artstartsto.com/programs/ ... 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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