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Safe Amp at ArtStarts

Safe Amp at ArtStarts

Last month the ArtStarts Gallery was host to a special fundraising event for The Safe Amplification Site Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing a permanent all-ages space for music and other arts events in Vancouver.

Arts & Culture Week at Dasmesh School

Arts & Culture Week at Dasmesh School

The 11th annual BC Arts & Culture Week wrapped up on April 24th. Many schools and arts councils around the province took part. From the Arty Awards in Abbotsford to a school tour of the north by Vancouver dance company Joe Ink, citizens and students across BC got engaged in arts activities that connected them with their local communities.

Instrument Fun with The Kerplunks

Instrument Fun with The Kerplunks

Award-winning band The Kerplunks visited ArtStarts today to deliver a fun-filled musical performance. The 4 talented members taught the audience about a variety of instruments, including bass, guitar, trumpet, trombone, banjo, drums, and even kazoo!

Sudnya Mulye at the ArtStarts Gallery

Sudnya Mulye at the ArtStarts Gallery

Sudnya Mulye visited the ArtStarts Gallery on Saturday for a workshop on Indian Dance. Kids and parents learned about the classical dance style Bharata Natyam, exploring Indian culture and tradition through this expressive medium.

Schools Across BC prepare for Arts & Culture Week

Schools Across BC prepare for Arts & Culture Week

Schools across BC are preparing to celebrate BC Arts & Culture Week. During the week of April 18-24, hundreds of schools and community arts organizations will host events, from Arts Galas to theatrical performances.

Drumming with Milton Randall

Drumming with Milton Randall

Saturday marked another action-packed ArtStarts on Saturdays workshop. Milton Randall dropped by to teach kids & parents about the language of drumming. Participants got a workout and practiced their counting skills as they banged on their individual drums.

Sing-along with Bobs & Lolo

Sing-along with Bobs & Lolo

After a month in hiatus, the ArtStarts on Saturdays series is off to a great start in 2010. In record breaking numbers, families poured into the ArtStarts gallery for a performance by popular local artists, Bobs and Lolo. Kids sang and danced to a number of songs, using movement and imagination to celebrate the natural world.

Welcome To Our World

Welcome To Our World

This afternoon ArtStarts celebrated the opening of our newest gallery exhibition: Welcome To Our World. It was a busy day, as young artists, friends, teachers and mentors came to see the display of creative work by students from Port Moody to Greenland.

More photos of African Dance!

More photos of African Dance!

Here are some more photos from our exciting African Dance workshop with Maobong Oku. Many thanks to Lia Margueratt for documenting the event.

African Dance with Maobong

African Dance with Maobong

The ArtStarts Gallery was packed on Saturday for two invigorating African Dance workshops with Maobong Oku. Kids and parents got a workout as Maobong led them through a series of different dances that celebrate Nigerian culture.

Toward cultural harmony

Toward cultural harmony

Students at Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver concluded a special music project with a concert at their school Friday afternoon. Working with a composer-in-residence, several world music experts, and mentors from Sinfonia Orchestra, a group of students collaborated over several months to create cross-cultural musical works that reflect their ideas on matters of cultural understanding, pluralism and community building.

Big Sisters Art Crawl kicks off its first year at ArtStarts

Big Sisters Art Crawl kicks off its first year at ArtStarts

The Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland visited ArtStarts this weekend to participate in their first ever Art Crawl. Participants had tours of both the Contemporary Art Gallery and ArtStarts, where they checked out the Creative Connections exhibition.

Halloween with Max-i-Mime

Halloween with Max-i-Mime

Halloween was an opportunity to get creative and act out some fun and spooky characters at the ArtStarts Gallery this weekend. Max-i-mime started off our free Saturday workshop with a hilarious performance, demonstrating how to tell an expressive story without using any words.

Children Live Dream Here

Children Live Dream Here

Opening tonight! Strathcona Elementary students will celebrate an ongoing community-based project with outdoor projections of their photography this evening. Drop in after school or work to see photos and hear audio recordings that reveal the voice of inner-city children.

Lord Roberts Elementary gears up for a special drawing project...

Lord Roberts Elementary gears up for a special drawing project...

This morning excited students from Vancouver's Lord Roberts Elementary visited the ArtStarts gallery to get a glimpse of where their artwork will soon be exhibited. Three classes will be working with artist Julian Lawrence throughout the fall to produce a comic book project reflecting their connections to the spirit of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Michael Mitchell gets kids dancing to songs about Canadian history!

Michael Mitchell gets kids dancing to songs about Canadian history!

Seasoned children's performer Michael Mitchell visited the ArtStarts gallery on Saturday to perform some songs about Canadian history! He got kids stomping around like prehistoric dinosaurs, paddling an imaginary canoe through the Land of the Silver Birch, and waltzing like Log-Drivers on the Ottawa river.

SWARM takes ArtStarts by storm!

SWARM takes ArtStarts by storm!

What an exhilarating performance by Vancouver's very own hyper- kinetic percussion troupe SWARM! The group offered a unique hands on experience filled with fun, music and movement. Kids learned action drumming using funky recycled instruments such as rubber tubing, garbage can drums and even rubber duckies and chickens. Parents and kids leaving the event told us it was a blast, so awesome, and that they i loved it all!

Traffic Saftey for everybody!

Traffic Saftey for everybody!

Once again, kids, parents and grandparents joined us for another successful Saturday event featuring the dynamic and playful, Major Conrad Flapps. His“Traffic Safety Show” parodies hip-hop and rap as Flapps demonstrates the right and wrong ways to cross the street.

They sang, they danced, they played!

They sang, they danced, they played!

Children and parents were captivated by popular children's entertainer Art Napolean at the ArtStarts in Schools Saturday series on June 27th. Art's performance was fun and interactive, which kept the audience interested as he playfully taught kids Cree chants, drumming and traditional stories ending in a friendship dance.

Night for appreciation

Night for appreciation

Staff, board, and volunteers wined, dined and enjoyed good conversation at the ArtStarts gallery last Friday. ArtStarts celebrated another successful year of artistic creativity while honoring our wonderful volunteers.

Joe Ink moves it!

Joe Ink moves it!

Both children and parents shook it up and stretched it out at the May 30th Move it Show. The Joe Ink workshop was stimulating and interactive for kids and allowed their parents to bring out their inner child as they joined in the live dance performance. Energetic lead dancers Jacci and Barb encouraged everyone to be a "super dancer" as they coached participants to follow the magic hand, do the robot or paint the bubble.

Free performing arts workshops for families

Free performing arts workshops for families

Starting January 31st, ArtStarts is presenting a free performance series for families in Vancouver's downtown area. "ArtStarts on Saturdays" will kick off with a workshop by circus artist Sand Northrup AKA One Woman Circus, who will introduce youngsters to circus skills including feather balancing, juggling, rola bola and plate-spinning.

Elsie Roy visits ArtStarts

Elsie Roy visits ArtStarts

We had groups of students from the neighbouring elementary school, Elsie Roy, working with artist Elizabeth Mackenzie on a portraiture residency at the gallery.