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Supporting Artists

When artists collaborate with students and teachers, amazing things can happen.

Artists offer much more than practical skills in the arts — they foster a unique approach to thinking, learning and looking at the world.

ArtStarts supports artists in all disciplines by helping establish connections between the worlds of art and education, building artists' capacity to work in schools, offering grants that support creative projects and more.

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Artist Directories

Interested in working with ArtStarts? We maintain two directories of talented artists who have experience performing for, or working with, students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Performing artists in all disciplines who would like to tour BC schools and communities are invited to apply to ArtStarts Showcase and if accepted be listed on the Artists on Tour Directory.

Artists in all disciplines who work in schools on students projects and residencies are invited to apply to join the Artists in the Classroom Directory.
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Apply for Grants

ArtStarts offers many grants that support the arts in education and creative experiences for young people in British Columbia.

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Artist Residencies

Artist Residencies

ArtStarts hosts annual residencies for early career artists to provide the space, time, and resources they need to develop their artistic practice.

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Take Part in Professional Development

Our Infusion professional development experiences provide both teachers and artists with practical resources and approaches in arts integration and creativity.

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Discover Practical Resources

ArtStarts provides practical resources for teachers, both online and at our space in downtown Vancouver.

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Visit the ArtStarts Gallery

The ArtStarts Gallery is the first in Canada devoted exclusively to young people's art. Exhibitions celebrate the exciting artwork that emerges when students, educators and professional artists work together to deepen learning, creativity and community connections.

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