“Art Starts is an ongoing, unfinished work of public art, the result of a collaborative process involving many people. It is a collage of collages, in space and in time.” - Robin Pacific, Art Starts Co-Founder

For 26 years, Art Starts’ mandate has been to bring diverse communities together through collaborative arts 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 community driven. Our intent is to give them the supports 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.

For more information please contact: Julian Carvajal, Special Projects Manager at julian@artstartsto.com

A Path of Possibilities Symposium

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, Art Starts invites emerging, youth, and/or newcomer artists/arts workers from different ethno-cultural communities to come together and learn about the 7 Grandfather Teachings, 4 Sacred Medicines, residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and much more!

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The Art Starts Street Festival

The Art Starts Street Festival (ASSAF) will creatively animate Glenholme Street from Eglinton Ave. to Lanark Ave. this summer through a full day of FREE performances, art exhibits, and hands-on collaborative art making. You can expect mural making, puppet making, belly dancing, interactive stand-up comedy, and much more!

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Satellite Workshops 2019

Art Starts, in collaboration with Art Ignite, MalPensando, North York Arts & Stolen from Africa, present ASW19 - a series of satellite workshops dedicated to helping artists across the city!

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Arowana Training 2019

Arowana provides immersive, customized training, and mentorship to emerging, youth and/or newcomer artists. A unique platform for leadership, learning and artistic development, Arowana aims to increase equity in the arts sector and support future leaders from all backgrounds.

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