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About ArtStarts in Schools

ArtStarts in Schools is a charitable organization that expands the role of art in education to activate learning and nurture creativity in British Columbia's young people.

Since 1996, ArtStarts has collaborated with educators, artists, families and community to promote art as an essential part of learning and life. 

  • Each year, ArtStarts provides over 640,000 unique arts experiences for young people in urban, rural and remote communities across BC.

ArtStarts' key areas of activity include booking school performances, an annual showcase conference for young audience presenters, artist residencies, grants to schools and districts, professional learning opportunities for artists and teachers, gallery exhibitions of young people’s art and free family programming.

From Kindergarten to Grade 12, in public and private schools throughout the province, ArtStarts supports a wide range of arts based experiences that activate learning for young people.
Our Mission

Our Mission

ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education.

Download a PDF poster of ArtStarts' Mission, Vision and Core Values.
 Our Vision

Our Vision

ArtStarts envisions a society where the arts are regarded as an essential part of educating young people and a catalyst for creating innovative, engaged and contributing members of society. ArtStarts in Schools has a leadership role in transforming the way children and youth are engaged, in and through the arts, and in promoting the value of the arts in young lives.

Our Core Values

  • Accessibility: access to the arts for all young people in BC regardless of socio-economic status
  • Diversity: across artistic disciplines and cultural traditions
  • Quality: professional artists demonstrating a high caliber of artistic talent
  • Integrity: operating with strong moral principles in a transparent and responsible manner

Annual Reports

Between launching gallery exhibitions, disbursing grants to schools, and booking more than 2,000 performances, offering professional development sessions for educators and artists (not to mention all the other stuff we get up to)... a lot can happen in a year! Discover some highlights in our Annual Reports.


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