Who We Are

Located in the heart of St. James Town—Toronto’s most densely populated and culturally diverse neighbourhood—Art City provides free arts programming to local children and youth. Our programs are developed and facilitated by professional programmers, artists and educators, many of whom are from the St. James Town community.

Art City is a not-for-profit organization and registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency (86428-9962-RR0001).

Our Mission

Provide the community’s youngest and most vulnerable members with multi-disciplinary arts-based programming that fosters self-expression, builds self-esteem and imparts lifelong learning experiences.

Our Vision

A world where all children and youth experience the joy and intellectual, social and physical benefits of an arts education.


Our History

Recognizing a deep need for community resources and, inspired by Art City in Winnipeg, a group of local artists and educators created an arts education space for children and youth in St. James Town, Toronto in early 2000.

Art City began by providing free drop-in arts classes for the community’s children and youth. In the past 19 years, Art City has grown to providing after-school arts programming 4 days/week to nearly 100 children weekly. Since 2000, the number of children and youth impacted by Art City art education programming is enduring/immeasurable.

Art City is a key resource for this community, as the neighbourhood lacks the appropriate number of city services for its population. Numerous studies City of Toronto studies, renewal efforts, plans, strategies and related neighbourhood initiatives for St. James Town are integrated under the St. James Town Connects Framework.   

Through its programming, Art City has completed several public mural projects, reflecting the beauty, individuality and diversity of our community.