Art Starts Spring Into Summer Showcase

TORONTO, ONTARIO (June 11, 2014) – ArtStarts is proud to present the Spring Into Summer Showcase featuring work from participants in our spring 2014 arts programs. The event takes place Sunday June 22nd at the Yorkdale Community Arts Centre and features an art exhibit alongside theatrical and dance performances. Doors open at 1pm with performances beginning at 2pm.

Participants from across Art Starts programs in Lawrence Heights, Eglinton-Oakwood, Villaways and Glendower will unite to present an afternoon celebrating creativity, performance, and community. Graduates of Glendower’s Knowledge, Power, Art program will perform a theatre piece inspired by their arts-based exploration of history, geography and social sciences from an African perspective. The One Love dance crew, a group of girls that came together from neighbourhoods across Lawrence Heights that have historically experience a great deal of tension, will perform a high-energy step piece choreographed by acclaimed choreographer Jade Anderson. Banners created by youth from Villaways will be on display as well as a slide show featuring the art works of Eglinton-Oakwood youth and a video featuring the Movin Up seniors dancing up an Afro-Carribean storm.

“Our Spring into Summer showcase is an amazing opportunity for our participants from across the city to connect with each other in a shared experience of artistic expression.” says Program Manager, Katherine Earl. “It is a powerful thing to realize that you are a part of a city-wide network of people who are creating big changes using the arts as a medium for the message!”

The event will also feature a raffle, refreshments and opportunities for networking with the artists on hand.

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.

WHO: Art Starts
WHAT: Spring Into Summer Showcase
WHEN: Sunday June 22, 2013. Doors open @ 1pm. Performances @ 2pm.
WHERE: Art Starts, Yorkdale Community Art Centre, in the Lower Level of Yorkdale Mall (access via elevators beside Home Outfitters escalators)


A Celebration of Platform A Initiatives

Over the last year close to 40 projects have been supported through a new community arts initiative called Platform A. Through micro-grants, mentor-ships and bridging programs Art Starts along with our partners JumbliesAFCYSketchCue worked with artists and arts organizations to create, dance, paint, sing, engage and connect across Toronto to help build vibrant communities as well as more opportunities for artists.

Tonight is a culmination of the last year of work in
a showcase of all our hard work in a celebration we’re calling “A Show”!

TONIGHT Tue. June 3 from 5:30pm onwards
Drop by and join us at Jumblies Theatre
at their new location at 132 Fort York Blvd. west of Dan Leckie Way
for  visual & interactive arts, video & live performances and more
guaranteed to move you and get you inspired!

Read the rest of the newsletter here.

Movin’ Up with Art Starts & Greenshield

Art Starts and Green Shield Canada

Working together to get Toronto moving!

Green Shield Canada is known for community giving and offers a dedicated Community Giving Program. Their mission is to support health and wellness to Canadians through not-for-profit organizations nationwide. Art Starts’ Green Shield funding has enabled us to offer Movin’ Up, a valuable, creative,  movement-based program. With Green Sheild’s generous support, Art Starts has worked with various groups city-wide, include St. Clair West Services for Seniors, where we are engaging seniors in the Eglinton-Oakwood neighbourhood through African Dance workshops with artist Lua Shayenne. The response from participants has been overwhelming! Click below to watch a video and hear from the participants and the impact Moving Up is having on participants in this community.