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...

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🎶 The next Virtuosity of Blackness is set for June 27th at the iconic Lula Lounge in Toronto and we're looking for Black performers!The Virtuosity of Blackness 5.0 celebrates everything Black, virtuous and beautiful, including singers, dancers, rappers, and performers. This is our fifth instalment, but only the second in-person iteration of this lively showcase!This will be an electric event that celebrates our diverse and talented community, and we want you to be a part of it! Learn more and apply at the link below: bit.ly/VoB_apply ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

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💡 The Digital Now ‘Spotlight’Our new platform has launched and we can’t wait for you to experience the emerging talent in Lawrence Heights. Our ‘Spotlight’ section highlights young artists that are making moves in this inspiring community. Learn more about these influential creatives and become inspired by their artistic journey:bit.ly/digitalnow-spotlight ... See MoreSee Less
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Art Starts Celebrates, Featuring Ayodele Hudlin

Ayodele Hudlin is an entrepreneur and Toronto based fashion designer who discovered her passion for teaching when she joined Art Starts in 2018.

As an advocate for the community, Ayodele has affinity for teaching the art of sewing and design to people of all ages. Her philosophy is that art can be integrated into anyone’s life as a means of expressing of oneself and as a form of healing.


Art Starts Celebrates, Featuring Anjelica Scannura

Anjelica is a passionate dancer and choreographer who joined the Art Starts team as an instructor in 2016.

Her unique ability to blend and teach different dance forms was an instant hit with the busy moms and caregivers from our Program Without Walls Program.

Art is Anjelica’s livelihood and she’s witnessed the profound affect it’s had on her participants beyond the classroom. The positivity and confidence generated in her classes echo throughout the day-to-day lives of each of her students.

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