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


Youth ages 8-14 will be taken on a creative journey and transformation of self discovery, self potency and self relevancy. A range of academic topics, like music, language arts, geography and more are explored in ways that are relevant to youth culture. The plan is to capture the journey from start to finish via video shorts, still photography, music and other artistic creations throughout. Led by renowned facilitator/writer Yafet Tawelde and filmmaker, producer, teacher and performer Nicole Brookes as well as a series of guest artists.

Jan 28th – June 10th
Tuesdays 5-7pm
2821 Birchmount Ave

Upcoming Programs

March Break – Hip Hop Camp

Youth ages 10 and up will learn hip hop dance routines and design fresh hats and tees with professional artists. Stay Tuned for details!

March 10th-14th
Monday-Friday Time tba
For Youth Initiative, 1669 Eglinton Ave. West

Ladies with Babies

Ladies with Babies is a program for young mothers and children under 6 years old offered at Glendower. Mothers will work with a professional artist in creative workshops exploring jewelry making, dance and/or theatre. The goal being to give them a well deserved break and some “me” time as well as connect with other young moms in the neighbourhood. In the meantime mums can rest assured that their babies are being lovingly cared for, sang to and played with by certified childcare workers in an adjoining space.

Spring 2014
3 sessions
2821 Birchmount Rd.

A Bike Built for YOU!

This program is a unique opportunity to earn a bike while learning visual design and bike building skills. Participants start with a brand new bike frame, plan the design of the graphics, paint the frame using stencils and masking and then build up the frame. Throughout the series of workshops this very focused and directed group learns basic bike mechanics in a one to one format with professional bike experts.

Location TBA
Program Coordinator: Car Martin
Investment Program

Generously supported by: City of Toronto Community Recreation

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