For 28 years, Art Starts’ mandate has been to bring diverse communities together through collaborative art projects. For this work, communities are our focus. We determine community needs and work with professional artists to develop creative projects that tell people’s stories. We produce large scale artworks that are community centred and community-led.

Today, our model is growing and shifting. We have a new department that aims to prioritize supporting the professional artists we work with, by giving them opportunities to produce new and innovative work that is self-driven as opposed to communitydriven. Our intent is to give them the support they need to further their own practices, by helping them connect and collaborate with other artists, produce works that are meaningful to them and advance their artistic development.



SAVE ME: A Call for Artists to Save Planet Earth is an opportunity for emerging, newcomer and/or professional artists to showcase their own representation in how they envision the planet will be saved.

Public Art Project

Friday, March 27th, 2020 at 2 pm

The Leslie Nymark Public Art Project is a public art competition. We invite Ontario based artists and artist collectives with experience in exterior public art installation and community engagement to submit proposals for a Public Art Project for the revitalized Leslie Nymark community.

The Ghost of Todmorden Mills

Oct 12 - Dec 18, 2019

Be a part of the Ghosts of Todmorden Mills Project! Enhance your photography and photoshop skills while collaborating with professional artists.

The Color Wheel Project

Oct 5, 2019

Watch paintings and mural art be brought to life through movement, sound and costumes!

Path of Possibilities 2019

June 21, 2019

Learn about the 7 Grandfather Teachings, 4 Sacred Medicines, residential school, and so much more!

The Art Starts Street Festival

July 27, 2019

Join us for a full day of FREE performances, art exhibits, and hands-on collaborative art-making

Satellite Workshops

Feb - May, 2019

A series of free workshops dedicated to helping artists across the city. 

Arowana Training

April - June, 2019

Training for emerging youth and/or newcomer artists to create and run their own community-arts program.