ArtReach is an organization designed to support community-based arts initiatives that engage youth from underserved populations who have experienced exclusion in Toronto.
A guiding principle of ArtReach is that funding needs to be accessible to youth directly, and should empower youth by placing ownership of projects in their own hands. ArtReach encourages youth to take the lead in defining what art means to them, and what resources they need to achieve their goals.
The structure and processes in place at ArtReach represent a growing awareness that a new way of funding and working with youth is needed. From the beginning, young people have played a significant part in the development of ArtReach, and continue to be involved in all aspects of our organization.
ArtReach offers annual community arts grants, a pitch contest, free workshops, and tailored mentorship to youth artists from across the city.