March 18, 2020
Due to the growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sad to announce that ArtStarts Showcase will be cancelled for April 8 and 9 at the ANNEX.
We're disappointed that we won't be able to connect in-person as a community this April. That being said, the health and safety of our artists, educators, staff, and volunteers take priority. We can assure you that we're working rapidly to reimagine creative ways to connect and share the exciting new artists and shows with you at a later time
The ArtStarts Showcase is an inspiring event for school and community arts programmers interested in booking artistic performances for young audiences.
From dancers and storytellers to musicians and theatre groups, the range of performing artists presented at the ArtStarts Showcase always proves to be diverse, engaging and relevant.
Showcase is a meeting of community arts advocates, which is very important for my understanding and our district's focus on culture, creativity and education. Showcase Delegate
I always leave feeling inspired. I love connecting with like-minded colleagues from around the province. Showcase Delegate
It is wonderful to have a structure that allows the connection between artists and school district representatives to enhance arts understandings in the school. Showcase Delegate
Showcase helps me feel connected to the greater arts community. Showcase Delegate
Showcase is a perfect opportunity to discover diverse performers and allows us to cater to the individual needs of schools and community. Showcase Delegate
Ensuring that there are high quality performance arts groups available to provide enrichment opportunities for students is absolutely vital to the health of our education system. Showcase Delegate
It is incredible to have the opportunity to see and meet the performing artists. Showcase Delegate
Showcases were diverse, culturally represented, creative and energetic. It was a venue for rich conversations to take place. Showcase Delegate
I found the showcases re-energizing in that my own creative process received a kickstart and I had a million ideas racing through my mind. Showcase Delegate
I loved learning from others who share the same passion for championing the arts, from class to district level. Showcase Delegate
We will refund your registration fee less the PayPal service fees by April 8, 2020.
Two-day registration refund $455
One-day registration refund $305
We ask that you consider contributing your registration fee toward the arts and culture workers directly impacted by this cancellation. We will be able to accommodate partial refunds should you wish to contribute partial funds to them.
Here are some of the options to consider:
We are committed to providing students with relevant and impactful arts-based experiences in their schools and consider intentional representation of marginalized artists an important part of this commitment. In order to increase representation, we are seeking to prioritize Showcase applications from these under-represented groups:
We're excited to present over 20 shows never seen before at Showcase that will also be available to book for the 2020-21 school year. See all the artists we will be Showcasing this April:
Want to know more about the experience of attending Showcase? Read our blog to find feedback from some of our delegates who attended this past year.
Showcase Delegate Feedback