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Our Mission

ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education.

ArtStarts reaches an estimated 500,000 young people in urban, rural and remote communities across British Columbia each year. From Kindergarten to Grade 12, in public and private schools throughout the province, ArtStarts supports a wide range of arts based experiences that activate learning for young people. Learn more at

Why Support Our Charity?

ArtStarts in Schools depends on the generous support of people like you who are passionate about fostering the creativity and imagination of young people.

Research from the last twenty years alone indicates that students who engage in arts based practices show enhanced levels of achievement, have higher persistence in their programs of study and demonstrate increased motivation. They are more likely to collaborate effectively, be socially tolerant and show high levels of self-confidence. 

You can ignite a passion for the arts — and a passion for learning.

Your support sends a strong message that the arts are important. Get involved today and help us create meaningful opportunities for young people to thrive in and through the arts.

What People Are Saying

"I give back because I want all children to have the opportunity to have the arts in their lives."

— Dawn Quast, ArtStarts Board of Directors, Read More

"I give back because I want to be an engaged citizen in building the creative community that I want."

— Nargis Dhirani, ArtStarts Volunteer, Read More

"I give because I want to leave a positive mark on others."

— Kamille Manoy, ArtStarts Volunteer, Read More

"It was my absolute joy and pleasure to be able to walk into ArtStarts (which does amazing work!!) and be able to contribute. Growing up as a budding artist, it was programs similar to yours, and workshops by local artists that nurtured my creativity. I am honoured to give back."

— Lisa Ochowycz, Donor, Read More

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