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Art Starts

This is an outstanding city.
But you don't just take.
You've got to build.

Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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Art Starts

Through music, theatre, dance, and visual arts, Art Starts has helped to build a culture of respect and a shared sense of purpose amongst local residents and is a proven model for arts-based community development in Toronto. The Own It program will allow girls from under-resourced neighbourhoods to participate in self-directed arts-based workshops with female mentors, program facilitators, and artists leading each group through a design process in order to develop an artistic program relevant to their needs.