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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!
Indigenous Hip Hop

Indigenous Hip Hop

Learn a brief history of hip hop, the four elements that make it up, and how these elements reflect Indigenous culture, followed by a short interactive activity teaching students how to beatbox. JB the First Lady will perform some of her songs highlighting the power of storytelling and music, and will encourage each student to find out what gift or element they have and make it shine brightly. All Ages.

  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)
On Now at the Gallery

On Now at the Gallery

While at the ArtStarts Gallery, check out our exhibition, Movement Is For Every Body a two-part exhibition showcasing movement, dance, and accessibility. Who gets to call themselves a dancer? What’s dance and what’s movement? Is there a difference? Get ready to explore these questions—and challenge how you’re usually supposed to move in an art gallery! If you’ve ever been told to stand still, slow down, hurry up, keep up with the group, or stop moving in an art gallery, this exhibition is for you!
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.

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.