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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.  

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🖍️January is International Creativity Month. International Creativity Month was created to encourage us to re-engage and re-energize ourselves by finding ways to unleash our creativity. Here are a few ways to get inspired: - Whether or not you consider yourself a writer, find some prompts to get some creative flow going- Look up some daily doodle challenges and see how much of a page you can fill each day- Put on some music and see where the beat takes youCreativity can be part of everyone's daily life. What will you do to nurture your practice?#InternationalCreativityMonth #torontoartist #torontoartscene #artsorganization ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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🌟 Find your superpowers in this comic book program!Illustrator and artist Mirka Loiselle will guide participants to discovering their own superpowers with creative and collaborative activities and group games. Participants ages 7-12 will create their own comic book, imagining themselves as superheroes, and will have the opportunity to publish their stories at the end of this free program.REGISTER NOW: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfO3f7jDDFkjDrmvDblH48amgfqiwDBMJ9beZsiucuaqkOQaw/viewform ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

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📣 Attention Canadian artists! The Bentway has announced a call for expressions of interest for their Transform the Trail program - an annual temporary commission that remakes The Bentway’s signature figure-eight skating trail and surrounding footprint.Find out how to apply: thebentway.ca/transform-the-trail #publicartPhoto: Maureen Gruben, Moving with Joy ... See MoreSee Less
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Art Starts Celebrates, Featuring Monica Wickeler

Monica Wickeler is a LGBTQ2S+/Luxembourg/Canadian artist with a passion for public art. She was originally trained in the craft of hand-painted outdoor advertising in the 90’s and has moved her practice towards community-based public art installations in Toronto and across Canada.

Monica has worked with Art Starts on two mural projects. She was brought on as a lead artist and helped youth artists tackle a large-scale mural project from start to finish.

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Want to be an Art Starter in your community?

We are seeking paid Bingo Volunteers responsible for representing Art Starts in a customer service role during 2-hour bingo sessions between one and four times each month at Delta Bingo St. Clair.

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