Lawrence Heights & Neptune

Art Starts began programing in the Neptune community in February 2010, beginning with the SuperNova Arts and expanding to include a new youth program named The Element, run out of the Yorkdale Community Arts Centre. Today while SuperNova is committed to ongoing, robust consistent programming on Neptune Drive, the Element continues to grow and reach out the larger Lawrence Heights community. We are building a strong relationship with the community in our most recent site and working in collaboration with a variety of organization to foster unity, build resilience and continue to share the incredible creativity and ingenuity of Lawrence Heights and Neptune.

Alicia Clarke (Program Manager)

Alicia is lover of the arts, education, and social justice. Her work is driven by her passion for community, and her belief that by working together we can make a positive change. As a dedicated community worker for the past 5 years, Alicia is blessed and grateful to bring her experience and love for the arts to the dynamic Art Starts family.

Current Programs


SUPERNOVA: Step Up

Neptune’s kids and youth will stomp out the winter blahs in by learning and creating step dance routines with professional stepper Justin David.

Feb 3rd – TBD
Mondays 5-6:30pm
155 Neptune Drive

Neptune Community Makeover

Art Starts will hosts 4 community workshops where Neptune residents can collaborate on the design and creation of a beautiful mosaic tile sign for the community. Led by mosaic artist Cristina Delgado.

Feb 22nd – March 8th
Saturdays and Sundays, 4pm
155 Neptune Dr

The Element: Video Light Dance and Media

Youth ages 14+ will explore key themes through music video culture. The group will analyze and dissect representations in popular music videos and ultimately create their own original music video working with industry professionals.

Starts Feb 13th
Wednesdays 5-7pm
Yorkdale Community Arts Centre

The Element: SNAP!

This season’s Element program is developed in partnership with news magazine SNAPD Inc. Youth ages 16 and up will be trained by a professional photo-journalist who works for SNAPD Inc and will be given the opportunity to be apart the Art Starts/Snapd Inc. ” Junior Photography Crew”. Workshops will teach how to properly photograph and document community events. Photos taken by participants will have the opportunity to be published as a part of SNAPD magazines monthly editions. SNAP! is an incredible opportunity for youth who are interested in the pursuing a career in photojournalism.

Dates Feb 11th – April 8th 2014
Tuesdays 5-7pm
Yorkdale Community Art Centre

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