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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...

16 hours ago

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😎 Celebrate Black History Month and start your own business!The first of its kind, our 'Sell Our Own' Online Program will teach participants how to create art pieces and sell them on Etsy. In light of Black History Month, These pieces will celebrate the accomplishments of our Black leaders.Dive into our compelling history and explore your entrepreneurial side with our talented community artist, Ashley Thomas, and a professional Etsy Consultant.This virtual program is open to youth ages 14+ living in the Lawrence Heights or Eglinton and Oakwood area. You will receive a grant to get your shop up and running!➡️ Hurry, spots are limited and the program starts on January 29th!REGISTER NOW: bit.ly/sell-our-own ... See MoreSee Less
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19 hours ago

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Nia Centre for the Arts is seeking survey and focus group participation!Your participation will help this organization better understand the impacts of anti-Blackness and hate directed towards Black individuals in online spaces. By understanding these impacts, resources can be provided to increase safety when navigating online spaces. This survey is intended for Black/Afro-Diasporic community members, age 18 and over.To learn more about this survey and participate, please visit niacentre.org ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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Our incredible funder, Delta Bingo and Gaming, is now offering Bingo at home!Delta Bingo at Home Extended returns TODAY! Play Bingo from the comfort of your home for real cash prizes! ... See MoreSee Less
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Art Starts Blog

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Art Starts Celebrates, Featuring Katherine Earl

Katherine Earl is an artist, educator and business owner who spent 15 years growing with Art Starts.

Starting with the organization at just 20 years old, Katherine transitioned from lead artist to program manager, and eventually Program Director. She witnessed the organization’s expansion from a small storefront to serving multiple communities city-wide and the many lives that changed as a result. 

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Art Starts Celebrates, Featuring Douglas Hurst

Douglas has become a champion for Art Starts in the way he teaches and engages school aged children and families to reach a better awareness of themselves and their communities. His impact extends over 15 years, during which he’s facilitated numerous programs and played an imperative role in shaping the future of our youth participants.

Art Starts is celebrating 30 years in October 2022 and as a way to commemorate our past and future, we’re spotlighting our top 30 supporters. From artists to community members, these features will look at their meaningful contributions to our organization and visions for the future.

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