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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 5 and up, 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!
Red Fox Drum Group Workshop with Red Fox Healthy Living

Red Fox Drum Group Workshop with Red Fox Healthy Living

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day with us! Red Fox drum leaders Phabion, Kat and Darius will take you through traditional Aboriginal drum etiquette, some traditional dancing around the drum, and teaching playful songs that can be performed together to create connection and community. All ages.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)
Me, Myself & I with Kellie Haines

Me, Myself & I with Kellie Haines

Ventriloquist Kellie Haines sings new songs from her most recent album, The Story of Me, Myself & I, with Magrau the tricky bird and Kamilla the curious frog. This hilarious show is inspired by Kellie's childhood and blends musical numbers with fast-paced ventriloquism comedy. Join Kellie and her colourful friends in this fun and interactive show that highlights that being different isn’t only okay… it's extraordinary! All ages.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)
Fuzzy Bees and the Food Forest with Renée Sala

Fuzzy Bees and the Food Forest with Renée Sala

Artist Renée Sala from Crafty School of Art in Victoria uncovers the history and magic of wool. We’ll be using colourful unspun wool, lots of soap and water, and our own energy to create cute and cuddly, fuzzy bees! Groups of 8 kids at a time will be led through the process, and the audience gets to learn, too. Also learn more about Renée’s stunning “The Food Forest” felted wall hanging, which she created with Kindergarten to Grade 5 students, now on display at the ArtStarts Gallery. Ages 5 and up.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)
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.
On Now at the Gallery

On Now at the Gallery

While at the ArtStarts Gallery, check out our exhibition of young people's art, Cause and Effect: Young People's Perspectives on Past, Present and Future. From engineering contraptions that produce a chain reaction to sound mapping, this exhibition features creative projects by 1,717 students who made insightful reflections about place, memory and myth, interpreting narratives from the past and present—and making their own for the future.

Supporters

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.
The City of Vancouver supports ArtStarts on Saturdays.

The City of Vancouver appreciates the value that the arts brings to the lives of citizens and the life of the city. They support non-profit arts and cultural organizations through a variety of grant programs.