“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 email@example.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!
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!
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!
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.
Art Starts Workshops 2018
A series of workshops dedicated to helping artists and community-art facilitators in the Toronto area.
This one-day Symposium produced by Art Starts in consultation with Airsa, Arts & Thought, offered workshops and networking opportunities to newcomer artists living in Toronto and artists from the ethno-cultural communities Art Starts serves.
Zion Schoolhouse 2018
To celebrate Zion Schoolhouse’s 150th anniversary, the Zion Schoolhouse Project presented three maps imagining the schoolhouse and surrounding area in the present (2018), the year it was built (1869) and 150 years in the future (2169).
The Placemaking Project 2018
The Placemaking Project brought together six youth artists and a lot of creativity to animate Ellesmere Skatepark in Scarborough. Under the guidance of 2 lead artists, the team conceptualized, designed, and painted the park.
Cartography 17 is a restorative and collaborative new map of Toronto with the input of its diverse residents on the foundation of the culture and tradition of the First Nations people of the region.
The map used a multifaceted approach to map-making by collaborating with Indigenous consultants, a Traditional Knowledge Keeper, a cartographer, artists and residents of local communities.
Platform A Micro-Grants
From 2015 - 2018, Platform A supported community arts practices through accessible grants. Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, youth, emerging & newcomer artists/collectives were awarded $1,000 to assist in the development and the creation of new art projects.