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ArtStarts on Saturdays & ArtStarts at River Market

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.


  • 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!
Andy the Musical Scientist

Andy the Musical Scientist

Come to ArtStarts to enjoy Culture Days, the national celebration of arts and culture happening at the end of September. Here is a peek to what we have planned for families in Metro Vancouver:

Music can be used to generate interest in science, just as science can inspire new approaches to music. Using home-made instruments and humor, Andy demonstrates technology in music, scientific principles of sound, recycling in action, and even transforms a spoon into a guitar! Volunteers experience digital looping and beatboxing, chanted rhythms, Lego theremin, and other amazing inventions inspired by instruments from Africa and Asia. A wonderfully fun testament to recycling and multiculturalism!

Suitable for children 8 and under

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11am and 1pm
ArtStarts Gallery (808 Richards St, Vancouver BC)

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 11am and 1pm
River Market (810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC)

About Andy the Musical Scientist

About Andy the Musical Scientist

Andy, is an award-winning musician/scientist who, after touring the world with the band Delhi 2 Dublin, decided to focus on creating instruments out of recycled items. Personifying a meeting place for the worlds of music and science, he uses invented instruments, world music, and humor, along with a pro recycling message, to enthrall young audiences with a truly unique and educational performance.

Andy has performed and studied in over 20 countries, including India, South Africa, and the Forbidden City in China. He has performed for the Prime Minister, British Royal family, and even appears on a Raffi CD.

More Fun Down the Block

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.
More Events

More Events

Discover more upcoming events, and read stories about our past community events.


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Westminster Savings supports ArtStarts at River Market.

Westminster Savings is committed to increasing access to active living and the arts in our communities through their Project Better Balance.