About Art Starts

MISSION

Art Starts creates vibrant Toronto neighbourhoods through community-building arts initiatives.

WHAT WE DO

Art Starts inspires long-term social change in Toronto’s under-served neighbourhoods. We use the arts to engage residents, collectively work to overcome challenges and create a shared sense of identity. Our collaborative approach to art-making celebrates communities, nurtures resiliency, cultivates life skills and inspires personal growth.

HOW WE DO IT

Art Starts works in five under-served Toronto neighbourhoods in partnership with residents and community organizations. We bring together professional artists – dancers, musicians, visual artists, actors, and playwrights – with residents of all ages. Together we create accessible and dynamic art projects that reflect the identities and aspirations of each community.