We’re Hiring! & Updates On Summer Programs

Building Bikes in Lawrence Heights

This summer Art Starts was happy to be able to run another session of our popular “A Bicycle Built For You!” program that ran in Lawrence Heights from June to July. Six youth met weekly at the PACT Community Garden behind John Polanyi Collegiate to complete a bike-building workshop. Instructed by bike enthusiast, Ali Hall, the youth worked to assemble their own BMX bikes using parts from Haro Bikes. The bikes were each customized with each participant’s own spray-paint jobs and decals, spelling out unique nicknames and identities.

Art Starts Program Manager Armin helps Malachi show off his new handlebars.

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Newsletter: Celebrating our Spring Showcase

An afternoon of art, performance and play!

This past weekend we threw a party to celebrate the all art works produced by our communities this spring. We had interactive arts opportunities including a graffiti wall and banners produced by our Villaways neighbourhood which displayed inspirational quotes while asking viewers to add their own contributions. We were floored by the live performance from both the Lawrence Heights all girls step crew and a poignant historic piece by kids and youth from the Glendower community. Although not present on Sunday we were also treated to a video performance from our seniors African Dance program Movin’ Up who worked diligently with artist Lua Shayenne to keep up a healthy active lifestyle. After a fun (and competitive!) raffle draw for prizes donated from generous companies like A&WLids,The Body ShopBooster JuiceOld NavyDavid’s TeaPresident’s Choice and Deserres we capped off the afternoon with a great organization called The Hand Eye Society who brought equally fun and exciting game called Johann Sebastian Joust that everyone went nuts over! Click here for a few photos from the celebration and stay tuned for more about our upcoming summer programs and events in the next newsletter.

Thanks to all our particpants, guests, staff and volunteers for making the event so special. A special thanks to our sponsors FortinosThe Real Canadian SuperstoreACE Bakery, and Michel’s Baguette for all the delicious food provided for the event.

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Press Release: Art Stars & Tiff present Pop Up Movie Nights

Myra Leibu | cell: 416-770-3011 | email: myra@artstarts.net

Media Advisory: TIFF® & Art Starts partner to bring outdoor movie series to inner suburban Toronto neighbourhoods

TORONTO, ONTARIO (June 25th, 2014) – TIFF’s Special Delivery Program and award winning community arts organization Art Starts are proud to present a series of outdoor Pop Up Movie Nights throughout the month of July in two Toronto neighbourhoods: Villaways July 2nd and Neptune July 3rd. The movie nights will feature a screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Art Starts, a leader in developing arts and culture initiatives in underserved Toronto neighbourhoods, is an arts organization in residence at Villaways, Neptune and Glendower. This bridging partnership with TIFF’s Special Delivery Program will provide an opportunity for residents in these three Toronto Community Housing neighbourhoods to watch a movie under the stars.

“Special Delivery is just one of several TIFF community initiatives that focuses on fostering a sense of togetherness while providing residents with a creative outlet and an opportunity to discuss issues inspired by film. We are excited to be partnering with Art Starts and thrilled to be able to share such an important film that showcases Nelson Mandela and the struggle for justice in South Africa, and also justice as a universal cause, to which his work was integral,” said Emily Scheer, Senior Manager, Family & Youth Programming, TIFF.

This partnership aims to increase access to arts and culture opportunities across the city of Toronto, and is part of the larger Platform A initiative which is testing new models for collaboration and resource sharing in the youth and community-engaged arts sector.

“We want to create access to the ‘downtown’ art scene as much as we want to increase
opportunities in the underserved communities we work with,” says Myra Leibu, Art Starts
Special Projects Manager. “We hope to help neighbours connect to each other, and
larger happenings in the city, through positive artistic spaces. These Pop Up Movie
Nights are community building at its core: a chance to share stories and a beautiful
summer evening!”

The July 3rd Pop Up Movie Night at Neptune will also feature a pop-up video arcade by acclaimed video game arts organization, Hand Eye Society.

Art Starts is charitable organization that has been bringing professional artists and underserved communities together in community-building arts programs for over 20 years. They are the winners of Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2013 Arts for Youth Award. www.artstarts.net

Platform A is a collaboration between four of Toronto’s leading organizations in community-engaged arts: Arts for Children and Youth, Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre and SKETCH. Funded by the Toronto Arts Council, this exciting pilot initiative is testing new models for collaboration and resource sharing in the youth and community-engaged arts sectors.

Special Delivery is a TIFF programme that reaches out to youth in under-served local communities who may not otherwise have access to the film festival experience. Special Delivery brings film screenings, director discussions and film-craft workshops to schools and community groups free of charge. Over the past twelve years, Special Delivery has reached more than 15,000 children and youth across the Greater Toronto Area. Special Delivery is generously supported by the Toronto Port Authority.

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.

Hand Eye Society is a Toronto not-for-profit dedicated to supporting and showcasing videogames made primarily as a form of creative expression. Founded in 2009, it is the first videogame arts organization in the world.http://www.handeyesociety.com

WHO: Art Starts and TIFF Special Delivery
WHAT: Pop Up Movie Night Villaways
WHEN: Wednesday July 2nd@ sunset Villaways: Thursday July 3rd @ sunset Neptune:
WHERE: Villaways: park at the foot of Adra Way. Neptune: the gazebo at 145 Neptune Drive.
WHERE: For more information, please visit www.artstarts.net or contact Art Starts Special Projects Manager Myra Leibu at 416-770-3011 or [email protected]

For more information on Special Delivery, contact the TIFF Communications Department at 416-934-3200 or [email protected]