ArtStarts Gallery


Friday, April 29th, 2011 — 11:27am PST
Comments 1

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to tour ArtStarts on Richards, just off Robson. This is the headquarters of a province-wide not-for-profit program to bring schools together with local artists through performances, programs, and exhibitions.

ArtStarts Gallery

Founded in 1996, ArtStarts programs have reached half a million students each year and in 2006 they became the first public gallery in Canada dedicated to young people’s art.

ArtStarts Gallery

The ArtStarts space is currently hosting “Grow“, an exhibition consisting of works from various children and youth around BC. New Westminster, Chemainus, and Mount Pleasant all currently have student works on display after working with artists in residence at their schools.

ArtStarts Gallery

The theme of “Grow” was to learn about the environment and ecology around their schools. Some classes went to salmon spawning streams, others collected dried leaves and petals to create their art. Often the program merged with a science lesson or even performance art.

ArtStarts Gallery ArtStarts Gallery

While the gallery hosts two exhibitions a year (with “Grow” lasting until late summer) they also have monthly activities that are free for the community.

ArtStarts Gallery ArtStarts Gallery

ArtStarts Gallery

ArtStarts Gallery ArtStarts Gallery

ArtStarts Gallery

Tomorrow they will present “Act Up with DuffleBag Theatre” at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Parents and children are welcome to drop-in to watch fairy tales come to life. The next performance will be May 28th with West African songs presented by “Drumming with Fana Soro” also at 11:00am and 1:00pm.

ArtStarts Gallery

ArtStarts is located at 808 Richards Street and you can also find them on Twitter or Facebook. They have a full online directory of the artists in their program that are either on tour or available in-classroom. Their gallery and meeting space is also available for rent.

Current contests on Miss604.com

One comment

  1. Khang Nguyen says:

    What a great space that Artstarts has isn’t it? Great review of the organization. Its great to hear about this city’s cool art initiatives.

next »
BMO Vancouver Marathon 2011 Road Closures
« previously
Red Cross Red Carpet Soiree 2011
Big Sisters