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ArtStarts Showcase

Showcase 2019 

March 4-5, 2019

Delegate Registration Extended until February 18, 2019

The ArtStarts Showcase is an inspiring event for school and community arts programmers interested in booking artistic performances for young audiences.

From dancers and storytellers to musicians and theatre groups, the range of performing artists presented at the ArtStarts Showcase always proves to be diverse, engaging and relevant.

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  • Showcase is a meeting of community arts advocates, which is very important for my understanding and our district's focus on culture, creativity and education. Showcase Delegate
  • I always leave feeling inspired. I love connecting with like-minded colleagues from around the province. Showcase Delegate
  • It is wonderful to have a structure that allows the connection between artists and school district representatives to enhance arts understandings in the school. Showcase Delegate
  • Showcase helps me feel connected to the greater arts community. Showcase Delegate
  • Showcase is a perfect opportunity to discover diverse performers and allows us to cater to the individual needs of schools and community. Showcase Delegate
  • Ensuring that there are high quality performance arts groups available to provide enrichment opportunities for students is absolutely vital to the health of our education system. Showcase Delegate
  • It is incredible to have the opportunity to see and meet the performing artists. Showcase Delegate
  • Showcases were diverse, culturally represented, creative and energetic. It was a venue for rich conversations to take place. Showcase Delegate
  • I found the showcases re-energizing in that my own creative process received a kickstart and I had a million ideas racing through my mind. Showcase Delegate
  • I loved learning from others who share the same passion for championing the arts, from class to district level. Showcase Delegate
Attend Showcase 2019

Attend Showcase 2019

Register for ArtStarts Showcase taking place on March 4 & 5 at the Orpheum Annex in Vancouver BC.

Registration deadline has been extended to February 18, 2019

Questions: Contact us by email or by phone at 604-336-0626 ext 105 or toll-free 1-855-7826

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This is an open call for registration. If you know of other educators, administrators or community presenters, who might be interested in attending, we invite you to pass along this information.

What’s New?

What’s New?

ArtStarts has been working on challenging colonial, Eurocentric definitions of “art,” and beliefs about who gets to be an artist. One of the ways we plan to enact this mandate is by building capacity for artists who face barriers to both the creation and presentation of their work.

We are committed to providing students with accessible arts-based experiences in their schools and consider an intentional representation of equity groups an important part of this commitment.

We believe the artists in this year’s Showcase are reflected through this mandate and believe that you will be inspired by their multifaceted performances.

Showcase 2019 Artists

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Download the Delegate Information Package for more information on Showcase 2019!

See some of the highlights from last year's Showcase by reading the recap on our blog.

Showcase 2018 Recap

A Note About The Registration Fee

We received unfortunate news earlier this year that Canadian Heritage will no longer be funding ArtStarts through the Canadian Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF). This funding primarily supports Showcase and the withdrawal of this support directly impacted our ability to offer comparable pricing to last year. We remain committed to our mandate to ensure art is an essential part of educating young people, and believe that Showcase and our booking service are crucial pieces that must continue.

While we are actively exploring new funding streams to support this work we encourage you to write a letter to your MP and Minister Jolie to advocate for the importance of federal arts funding for children if you feel motivated to do so.


BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia are committed to ensuring that all British Columbians are able to participate in a healthy arts and cultural community recognized for its excellence. Through this provincial financial support, the arts and cultural community will continue to achieve its creative, social and economic success.
Canada Council for the Arts offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts and integrated (multidisciplinary) arts. It also seeks to raise public awareness of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities.
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.