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Kick Start Arts Society

We offer workshops, and multi-disciplinary arts training in schools, as well as on the professional levels in community settings. We also produce new work. Our goal is to create opportunities for diverse people and perspectives to intersect – creating meaningful connections, and shared creative experiences.

  • Status:
    Non-profit 
  • Main Communities Served:
    Children, Youth, We welcome participants from all backgrounds and communities. 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Ontario 
  • Languages:
    English 
  • Arts Focus:
    We do work in dance, visual art, drama, film, music, spoken word and combinations of any of those listed. 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    We do a multitude of diverse projects over a year but to give you a taste:
    ~ Our current big community-engaged project is The Regent Park Project - a film initiative with youth from Regent Park and beyond. This is a free program which is happening over time (we are entering our third year). Participants work collaboratively with professional artists as we offer free training, creation work, production experience and support. (See teaser and youth video)
    Two other projects that offer a window into the kind of work we do are:
    ~ A multi-disciplinary full week intensive where young people have the opportunity to create a multi-disciplinary show (see video)
    ~ A three dimensional 'Peace Tree' installation created collaboratively with primary students to create a space for mindfulness in their school. (See photos) 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Our central mission is to use the arts to empower students, youth and adults to express themselves through the creative process, and in doing so engage diverse communities in thought and collaboration. Kick Start Arts provides opportunities to explore multiple art forms, by producing new work, and providing workshops in school and community settings. We utilize a co-creation process between professional artists, and participants, combining their experiences and perspectives with our expertise in the art form. Kick Start Arts has a particular interest in engaging inner city youth, building their capacity to use a variety of artistic tools and approaches to tell their stories, and to use the arts for positive social change. 
  • ArtBridging Section:
    We have an expertise in training artist-educators, and in the facilitation of workshops working artists and educators through the visioning/creation of arts and social justice projects.
    We are particularly interested in sharing our background in the power of the arts as a way of connecting people across diverse communities.
  • Additional Info:
    This shows a clip from a multi-disciplinary project we Artistic Directed with youth in Regent Park, in partnership with the Spectrum Collective.
    https://youtu.be/e7nPKh4Uu5Q

    Here you hear from our participants in The Regent Park Project - a free film-making initiative with youth form Regent Park and beyond.
    https://youtu.be/FrIY9ld5zYI

    This is the teaser for season one of our web series created with the youth in the clip above:
    https://youtu.be/iGjdM691LmY

    Videos are all created by Kick Start Arts Society.
    Directed by Sheena D. Robertson 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Sheena D. Robertson, Artistic Director 
  • Phone:
    416.898.9737 
  • Main Contact Email:
    info@kickstartarts.com 
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  • Address:
    36 Chalfont Rd
    Toronto, ON  M 

Last updated on 2017-05-30 12:25:42. Photos credit of: Kick Start Arts Society - Submitted by: Kick Start Arts Society