In 2007 Art Starts received a four-year Trillium grant to implement creative programs at Glendower, an underserved neighbourhood at Finch and Birchmount. Art Starts responded to community needs and interests while training local residents to take ownership of and responsibility for the programming. There a myriad of arts, music and dance programswere created collaboratively. From the resident led Arts Council to Getting’ Down with Dower – a youth led hip hop dance crew – what continues to set Steeles-L’Amoureaux area programs apart is the dedication and commitment of its residents.

Amina Alfred (Program Manager)

Amina Alfred is a dynamic Multi-Disciplined Artist, and founder of Rahjudah Creative Services. She is committed to social justice and youth, Amina has previously collaborated with various community organizations. Along with being a Visual Artist, Amina is also a Performing Artist. She is a drummer, percussionist, composer and vocalist. She has performed in various capacities with local artists and throughout the globe.

Current Programs

Knowledge Power Art

Mini camp with film makers Charles Officer and Michaels St George with a presentation on July 18th 2-3:30pm

June 20-26 and July 7-11
everyday from 2-3:30pm
2821 Birchmount Rd, Rm 114

Movin’ Up

Everyday youth indulge in axe capoeria, sanskriti arts, bollywood and socasize classes culminating in a performance on July 18th 2-3:30pm

July 7th-18th,
everyday from 2-3:30pm
2821 Birchmount Rd, Rm 114

Upcoming Programs

Paving the Way

5 youth will work with a lead artist to design pavement games. Youth and artist will engage kids in the community to help paint. The end of program celebration will include games, food and prizes.

July 21-26,
everyday 12-4pm
2821 Birchmount Rd, Rm 114

Explore our Past Programs