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 2013-2014, 1,990 participants came out to our 20 programs, including 266 children, 46 youth and 48 seniors. Over 210 visual artists exhibited at the Bluffs Gallery and the juried art show. Our events, which ranged from The Bridging Festival to the Scarborough Seniors Write Launch, had an unprecedented audience of over 4.650 people. We were proud to be part of the City of Toronto's Cultural Hotspot program which shone a light on the amazing range of culture and the arts in Scarborough. It goes without saying that we could not have made such a great impact in our community without the support of over 245 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