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.
Artists in Residence
For this residency, jabs is exploring interdisciplinary paper arts through the frame of 'Transference'.
Digital Strategy for Equitable Arts Education
Through this inquiry we are aiming to gain knowledge about the digital learning needs of artists and the technology required to meet those needs.
Public Art Project
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
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
Watch paintings and mural art be brought to life through movement, sound and costumes!
Path of Possibilities 2019
Learn about the 7 Grandfather Teachings, 4 Sacred Medicines, residential school, and so much more!
The Art Starts Street Festival
Join us for a full day of FREE performances, art exhibits, and hands-on collaborative art-making
A series of free workshops dedicated to helping artists across the city.
Training for emerging youth and/or newcomer artists to create and run their own community-arts program.