We’ve got a new look! We’re celebrating 30 years with a new logo designed by one of our artists.

Celebrating the Past.

Cultivating the Future.

Art Starts is 30 and we want you to join the celebration!

Community Love

Look forward to celebratory events and activations in the communities we serve – there will be something for everyone!

Top Supporters

Our top contributors over the years have been highlighted on social media and our blog. 

Vision for the Future

Together, let’s imagine the future! Engage in discussions at our in-person events and on social media, and share your great ideas for Art Starts.

"I’ve seen how community arts shine a positive light on communities that don’t get much positive attention. I’ve seen how the arts have empowered individuals and whole communities to tell their stories."

- Katherine Earl, Former Program Director

Top Supporters

From artists to community members, these features look at their meaningful contributions to our organization and visions for the future.


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Dwayne is a Spoken Word Artist who has been a huge supporter of Art Starts and community-arts at large. He has published 14 written and 9 audio collections of his work, toured 18 countries, and been inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame. He also performed at two of our Virtuosity of Blackness events.
Thank you, Dwayne, for being an advocate for Black artists and helping us in our mission to make Art Starts a creative hub for artists and communities!
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Artist Ekow Nimako is known as the artist who built his career out of Lego. He was an integral guide in helping Villaways community members process the area’s revitalization.
During our Up & Rooted program in 2018, participants constructed an innovative and futuristic Villaways Community solely out of Lego pieces. It was a way to inspire hope and for them to dream about what the future could look like.
Ekow’s career has taken off and we are so honoured to have worked with him on such a transformational project.

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Community Love

From contests to neighbourhood BBQs, these happenings will celebrate the communities that continue to support us.

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Ashley is a multidisciplinary artist who works with different materials to create art in the categories of abstract, literary, and performance art. She has been a big part of Art Starts in the last couple years, instructing art programs and lending a hand at events.

Ashley submitted a stunning and intricate illustration which our graphic designer, Dameon Neath, turned into a graphic. The final design is our way of ringing in our 30th year and paying tribute to all the incredible artists who engage with Art Starts and make us who we are. 

Thank you to all the incredible artists that participated.

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