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Events for Kids and Families

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 Markets events take place once a month, and we also love to host special events for exhibition openings, Family Day, National Aboriginal Day and more.

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ArtStarts on Saturdays and ArtStarts at River Market

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!
A Rainbow of Colours

A Rainbow of Colours

with Carolyn Sullivan

Join digital media artist Carolyn Sullivan for a fun and informative workshop all about colour. We see the world in full colour—and we aren't used to expressing ourselves with a limited palette. You’ll be challenged to create a monochromatic design, using various objects of different shapes and textures. Everyone will bring home their own print and leave a copy to build a community rainbow.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)

  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)
Jump, Bend, Sway, Twist and Shake!

Jump, Bend, Sway, Twist and Shake!

with Lee Kwidzinski and Anthony Hutchcroft

Engage your imagination in this energetic class that explores creative movement with live percussion, music and props. Lee Kwidzinski is a dance educator and expressive arts therapist who is passionate about the power of arts in education and healing. Her partner on percussion is Anthony Hutchcroft.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)

  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)
Rumba Calzada

Rumba Calzada

Latin music has a special way to connect with people through rhythm and dance. Experience Rumba Calzada live to see and hear how rhythms are put together to form this wonderful music. Maybe you’ll even learn how to dance the Cha Cha Cha!

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)

  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, September 25, 2016 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. Family Art Day events are planned on the last Saturday of the month from Noon to 3pm. Learn more.
Deconstructing Learning through the Arts

Deconstructing Learning through the Arts

A Participatory Drawing Lab presented with The Big Draw and Culture Days

Drop in throughout the day to explore a wide range of experiential activities that integrate drawing using different prototyping, tinkering, building and playing techniques that will spark your creativity and inspire you to learn in and through the arts. This ArtStarts family event will fuse science, social studies, creative innovation and technology using drawing as a versatile and accessible artistic medium.




This event is presented as part of The Big Draw, the world's largest drawing festival, and Culture Days, a Canada-wide celebration that raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10am to 4:30pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)

Venue Rentals

Venue Rentals

Interesting 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.


Supporters

Boeing supports the ArtStarts Gallery and community events including ArtStarts on Saturdays.

Boeing believes in being a responsible corporate citizen. As a Canadian leader of industry, Boeing strives to help communities address the challenges of today and create a better tomorrow.
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 Government of British Columbia's Community Gaming Grants support the delivery of community organization programs that benefit the citizens of BC.