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 that weaves together generations, UrbanArts has transitioned its program and services to include the broader community, maintaining a focus on youth.
UrbanArts is committed to the goal of building inclusive, engaged communities by enriching people's’ lives through the arts, culture and heritage, with programs, services and resources delivered within the former City of York boundaries, with a focus on York South-Weston.
Enhancing neighbourhoods by engaging and building community through the arts; beginning with a focus on youth, UrbanArts provides the thread that weaves together generations.
UrbanArts is a progressive not-for-profit local arts service organization (LASO) linking the needs of those who create/make art, those who engage the artist as an essential element of their own development, and those who support UrbanArts because it adds value (sense of identity, lifestyle, prosperity) to the neighbourhood.
UrbanArts is committed to accessibility, equity & accountability. Through our innovative arts programs, inclusive space & diverse staff, we are working to create an environment where all of our community feels welcome, safe & celebrated.
What People Are Saying
"I came to UrbanArts EVERY single day because I had nowhere to go. When I joined the music program, I told myself that this is what I want to do. I want to tell stories.""
— J-Soul (Jeffrey Edwards)- Recording Artist, Cash Money/Universal
"All the time people tell you that art is so hard to get into and you're never going to find a job if you study anything in the arts. But, UrbanArts helped me see that it doesn't matter if people don't believe in you. If art makes you happy, make art."
— Italia Santoyo, participant
"It’s a positive space and a very productive space. A very forward thinking space for people that are from my area who want to do music. With UrbanArts, they have a place to do it. It’s so important that I come to events like (CultureShock Community Festival) because I’m the same as everybody here."
— Clairmont the Second (Recording and Touring Artist)