Urban Arts: A Community Arts Council

Summary of organization/program

UrbanArts is a non-profit Community Arts Council focused on enhancing neighbourhoods by engaging youth in community development through the arts. UrbanArts initiates arts activities that bring people together in central-west Toronto and city wide. One of four community arts councils across Toronto, UrbanArts is an incubator for local arts, with a range of programs led by professional artists in visual art, theatre, dance and music. Our mandate is to promote, engage and facilitate cultural and community development opportunities between artists, arts organizations and community members and community organizations.

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  • Local


  • Youth

History/Background Information

UrbanArts began operation as Arts York in 1988 serving as the arts council for the former City of York and was incorporated in August of 1992 After amalgamation and successful programming in diverse youth arts at the turn of the millennium, Arts York changed its name and its mission to reflect an under-served and growing need in our community for a different kind of arts institution, one that reflected the community’s youth and diversity, a segment ignored by many traditional outlets. Since then, UrbanArts has enjoyed acclaim as a positive breakthrough programmer of youth arts activities and an agent of change in serving diverse youth through the arts.

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