ArtStarts is delighted to offer free community programming in the arts for kids and families to enjoy together.
Our popular ArtStarts on Saturdays and ArtStarts at River Market events take place once a month, and we also love to host special events for exhibition openings, Family Day, National Aboriginal Day and more.
Coming to ArtStarts in my community is always the highlight of the weekend. Thank you for all the opportunities you offer our families—we are tremendously grateful! Parent
It was a great show. This is the first time my son sat through any event. Thank you! Parent
Our kids always learn new things coming to your workshops. Parent
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ArtStarts on Saturdays and 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 weekend workshops 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.
Admission is free! Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11am and 1pm. Please arrive a little early as this is a popular program. ArtStarts on Saturdays and ArtStarts at River Market events are ideal for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome!
Sand Northrup, One Woman Circus
Combine fabulous foolishness with an enduring enthusiasm for circus arts and what do you get? Sand Northrup, One Woman Circus! Well known for her interactive performances and hands-on workshops that are accessible to all ages (with parent help required for toddlers), Sand offers a zany mix of physical comedy and circus skills, with lots of audience participation.
VANCOUVER: Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)
Rhymes, Reason and Rascals with Story Theatre Company
Three knights use stories from many cultures to show a king what is truly valuable. Story Theatre Company's new production is bursting with short stories, tales and poems full of remarkable wisdom.
VANCOUVER: Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)
Cut, Paste, Action! with Kate Henderson
In this lens-based workshop, families will be introduced to art works that investigate human form, movement and gesture. The first half of the workshop will focus on the work of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge and his studies of motion in the human body. The second half of the workshop will focus on Dada artist Hannah Höch and her use of found images of faces, eyes and hands. Families will experiment capturing their own bodies in motion and will be cutting and pasting these images along with found photographs from magazines and newspapers into their very own layered collages. This event is part of Vancouver's Capture Photography Festival.
VANCOUVER: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)
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.
Explore Past Events
Read about some previous ArtStarts on Saturdays and ArtStarts at River Market events:
Interested in hosting your own event? ArtStarts offers three distinct spaces for meetings, staff retreats, brainstorming, fundraising events, board meetings and more. Learn more.
Video: Learn More About ArtStarts on Saturdays
Want to get a sneak peek at what to expect? Watch this video of City Lights' visit to one of our ArtStarts on Saturdays events.
Video: Learn More About ArtStarts at River Market
ArtStarts at River Market is proudly supported by Westminster Savings, as part of their Project Better Balance program to provide access to arts and active living opportunities in the communities they serve. In this short video, discover what families have to say about playing, exploring and learning together in and through the arts.
The Government of British Columbia's Community Gaming Grants support the delivery of community organization programs that benefit the citizens of BC.
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.