The Eighth Planet Descends!

The Eighth Planet is our muralist crew working this summer in Art Starts’ Graffiti Transformation Project made up of Andy Atkins, Navardo Ingram, Katherine MackayQuentin Vercetty. Working with our Coordinator Rea McNamara and Lead Artist Joshua Barndt this crew will spend the next 6 weeks turning Yorkdale Station’s underpass walls and pillars into the most amazing public mural. Basing this mural on the Neptune community they have called their crew the Eighth Planet and are already working hard on their creative process. For up to date pictures, videos and a timeline of what will be a phenominal mural follow their journey at :

The Eighth Planet blog

Fundraiser Success!

The Toronto is Art fundraiser in support of Art Starts was a smashing success! Great art, food & people in a jawdropping venue made the night one to remember. We want to thank all those in attendance as well as all of the students from George Brown College who organized the event. Your hard work, support and generous donations go a long way giving us the opportunity to develop arts-based programs in deserving communities in Toronto.

Art Starts Crew with Councillor Shelley Carroll

See more pictures on the Neighbourhood Arts Network blog feature on the event.

Volunteers still needed!

Art Starts is pleased to be co- producing the 2010 Dusk Dances Festival at Earlscourt Park (St. Clair and Caledonia) for the second year in a row! This outdoor dance festival bringing innovative contemporary and traditional dance to public parks as the sun sets.

Dusk Dances 2009

Dusk Dances 2009


Wed.  Aug 18 – Sun. Aug 22

Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of one rehearsal or performance date. Must arrive at 5:30 pm on the evening they are assigned. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: Ushers/donation collection – Information table – Change room and truck guards – Guarding performance areas

Please e-mail or call Erin Schachter [email protected] 416.656.9994 ext. 3 if you are interested and specify your availability.