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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 Storytelling with Mamarudegyal and Hope

Indigenous Hip Hop Storytelling with Mamarudegyal and Hope

Join us for a special performance series to celebrate National Indigenous People's Day! Mamarudegyal and Hope are a powerhouse pair of emcees, parents, and the founding members of the 4-piece Indigenous hip hop and multimedia group, Rudegang Entertainment. Since crossing paths at the 2014 Native Hip Hop Festival, Hope and MRG have been making waves in the BC underground hip hop scene through their excellent use of lyricism, musicality, and content. The pair have become known locally for their advocacy towards marginalized groups, and their loud and proud attitudes toward Indigeneity. In recent years Hope and MRG have kept themselves very busy with a number of activities, such as funding youth-led community service projects through MRG’s employer (Rising Youth - TIG). In 2017, the pair one a combined 3 Fraser Valley Music Awards and were featured in APTN’s Digital Drum in 2018. In 2019 they were awarded two Telus Storyhive grants to create a music video for Hope's upcoming album as well as a documentary about Indigenous hip hop (The Foundation) which are both directed and produced by the pair and will be available on Telus Optik TV in summer 2019.

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 11am and 1pm
ArtStarts Gallery (808 Richards St, Vancouver BC)

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 11am and 1pm
River Market (810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC)

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.
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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.