UrbanArts is a progressive, not-for-profit Community Arts Council (CAC)/Local Arts Service Organization (LASO) providing opportunities for diverse cultural expression, artistic development, training and employment to members of urban communities with a focus on youth in central west Toronto; UrbanArts focuses on engaging community through the arts; UrbanArts is an incubator for local arts, with a range of programs led by professional artists in visual, digital, culinary and media arts, theatre, dance and music. As the thread to weaves together generations, UrbanArts in the process of transitioning its delivery of programs and services to include the broader community with a focus on youth.
Our programs and, in turn, our residents, help show that culture in this city is not mono-cultural, is not meant only for the wealthy and does not only exist downtown. By providing experiences in art forms outside of the funded norm and by providing opportunities to residents who are oftentimes neglected or oppressed based on their race, gender, sexuality, religion, and/or income, UrbanArts helps the communities we serve and the entire city grow a cultural identity that will serve every citizen well into the future.
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UrbanArts has made me more creative...(UrbanArts) helped me decide what I want to do in college; something in the arts.
UrbanArts changed my life. I started off in the programs where I learned how to write and make music and then volunteering where I learned how to become a leader.
Every time I come to UrbanArts, the community pushes me forward. It's an educational place, but also a warm environment.