Art Starts also offers specialized programs in other neglected corners of the city. By facilitating programs in neutral spaces, we are able to bridge communities that may not otherwise find themselves working together.
One of our ultimate goals is to connect youth across Toronto in order to help facilitate a strong network of inspired community art enthusiasts who can continue to challenge the boundaries of art making in a community context.

Current Programs

Sew WhatSEW WHAT?! – Earth, Wind and Fire

Sew What?! is a program made possible through a 3-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. It is an intensive program geared towards youth 14-22yrs old dedicated to exploring all aspects of Fashion Arts. Through Sew What?! participants are immersed in a series of field trips, interactive lectures, discussions and hands-on design workshops led by industry professionals. Participants develop citywide networks, portfolio pieces and gain a better understanding of the range of careers in the fashion industry. The program focuses as intensely on both fashion design and technical production. This summer participants will produce a piece to be shown at our Sew What?! Fashion Show on October 18th in Villaways.  The program is led by designer Matthew Visser-Charest.
Program Manager: Carleen Robinson

Generously supported by: Ontario Trillium Foundation

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