Scarborough Arts is a non-profit organization and the only arts organization of its kind specifically serving the Scarborough community by bringing individuals and groups together to create and cultivate innovative arts and cultural programs in Scarborough. Founded in 1978, Scarborough Arts was established under the name Arts Scarborough to promote artistic growth in the community. Scarborough Arts has served the community through the arts for over 35 years, delivering fresh and innovative programs and services that enhance the cultural life of Scarborough.
In 2016-2017 we engaged 7,000+ audience and participant members, with over 70+ organizational partners. Our events, which ranged from The Scarborough Film Festival to the EAST Youth Program to Scarborough Seniors Write, served all 10 wards in Scarborough. For 2017-2018 we are excited to announce new programs, such as the innovative Scarborough Sign Project, and to partner again with the City of Toronto's Cultural Hotspot program which shines a light on the amazing range of culture and the arts in North and Central Scarborough. It goes without saying that we could not have made such a great impact in our community without the support of over 150 volunteers.
What People Are Saying
"This experience awakened many sleeping memories. How satisfying to relive them by writing them down. Sharing stories and poems with the like-minded seniors made a cold, long winter palatable. My sincere thanks and congratulations to Scarborough Arts for their wonderful effort. "
— Scarborough Seniors Write Project
"The partnership of RISE with EAST, at least from the participants' perspective, is beneficial: We get recording experience, an introduction to Toronto's poetry scene, and creative writing mentorship… I'm happy I got a lot from this program, most of which I'll realize later rather than sooner. "
— Scarborough Arts EAST Youth Participant
"Mural was fun because I really am not good at drawing but when I tried Mural it changed everything. Now I love to draw."
— Student, Military Trail Public School, Scarborough
"Thank you for the amazing opportunity the Kaleidoscope Arts Program has provided our students. It taught them that art is a language that all people speak and it cuts across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers while enhancing cultural appreciation and awareness."
— Teacher, Warden Avenue Public School