Artist Community Login Donate


Connect with us

ArtStarts in Schools Logo

ArtStarts Spotlights

ArtStarts Gallery programming is now hybrid. Participate in ArtStarts Spotlights ( previously ArtStarts on Saturdays) every month on Facebook.  Stay up to date on developments by signing up for our newsletter.

Looking for fun, free things to do with kids in the Lower Mainland? ArtStarts is pleased to offer free arts-based events for kids and families each month—in both Vancouver and New Westminster. Join some of the best artists working with young people for performances and workshops that explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines. Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11am and 1pm. Please arrive a little early as this is a popular program. Ideal for ages 8 and under, but all are welcome. Free! Donations welcome.


Attention: The lift at our Vancouver location is currently out of order until further notice. Please read more information here.

If you have any questions about these free family performances, contact our Program Manager, Public Programs: Alyssa Martens at

  • ArtStarts offers us something special each month we always look forward to it.
  • My daughter says it was awesome and she wishes she could do it every day!
  • This was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with my son—making art!
  • Thanks for bringing this to our 'hood. You are helping us to raise active and bright kids.
  • What an incredible performance! It was thoroughly enjoyed by our kids and by us, the parents. Thank you!
  • Wonderful, inspiring and fun workshop! Will use the skills at home, too.
  • Coming to ArtStarts in my community is always the highlight of the weekend.
  • The kids loved it and dad really got into it too - surfaced some amazing hidden artistic talents!
  • Great! Educational! Fun! Artistic!

ArtStarts Spotlights:

RupLoops July 29 - August 25

ArtStarts Spotlights ( previously ArtStarts on Saturdays) is our digital programming that takes place on the last Saturday of every month. Now families from across the province can enjoy our programming.

This month's programming features RupLoops Watch it here when it premieres.

A young person wearing a red shirt uses scissors to cut a piece or paper

More fun down the block

If you're joining us at the ArtStarts Gallery in Vancouver on the last Saturday of every month, also be sure to also stop by the Contemporary Art Gallery, located just two blocks away (at the corner of Richards and Nelson). The CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. CAG Family Art Day events are planned on the last Saturday of the month from Noon to 3pm. Learn more.
A collage of arts-integrated learning through performances, workshops, and grants

More Events

Discover more upcoming events.

Read stories about our past community events.


The Government of British Columbia's Community Gaming Grants support the delivery of community organization programs that benefit the citizens of BC.
Prospera Credit Union supports ArtStarts at River Market.
Prospera Credit Union is committed to increasing access to active living and the arts in our communities.