Art Starts Here...


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...

9 hours ago

Art Starts
Hi everyone! It's been quite the year but we at Art Starts are still working with our participants in the Oakwood and Eglinton and Lawrence Heights neighbourhoods. We have a few new programs that we are offering for FREE to kids ages 9-12 years old. The first one is Digital Art Jam - Create your own unique characters and develop stories you can share! Put down your pencil, break out your computer and learn how to make art like a pro! This online class is designed for beginners.May 17th-June 14th, 2021Mondays & Wednesdays 5-6:30ArtStartsTO.comFor more info contact:Nicolepena@artstartsto.comAGES 9-12FREE ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

16 hours ago

Art Starts
📣 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: We're excited to share that Regent Park Film Festival is accepting submissions for their 2021 festival, taking place online again this year! #rpff is especially dedicated to showcasing works by #bipoc filmmakers, as well as works by Trans, Queer, Female identified filmmakers and filmmakers with disabilities.They encourage local, national and international films that tell the stories of these communities and are told by storytellers who belong to these communities.All submissions are completely #FREE! Submit to their General Program (Features + Shorts) and/or School Program (Shorts) before Sunday, June 5th at 11:59PM: bit.ly/2QgDqYj ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

4 days ago

Art Starts
North York Arts is hiring! Our friends at North York Arts are searching for their next Executive Director. This is a full-time position that is set to start in mid-late July 2021. North York Arts’ Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the operations, development and implementation of North York Arts’ programs, events and services to the community. Click here for the full job description: www.northyorkarts.org/2021/04/job-posting-executive-director/Applications are being accepted until May 24.North York Arts is strongly committed to equity and inclusion within the community and especially encourages applications from all qualified candidates including Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour, Persons with Disabilities, and 2SLGBTQIAP community members.North York Arts is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations, please notify North York Arts using the email board.member@northyorkarts.org and they will work with you to meet your needs. ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

Art Starts Blog



We are currently looking for Program Facilitators to manage the programs that we offer to our communities. The ideal candidate will have experience working in a community setting and have lived experience in this capacity.

Art Starts With You!

in 2019


Program participants


Artists hired


Audience members

Sign up to get updates and information on Art Starts news, community art programs and exciting opportunities for artists!