Current Projects

Our projects bring youth together with professional artists to create works that are focused on issues of importance to the participants. Our unique collaborative approach allows the participants the opportunity to tell their own stories with artistic guidance and support. Workshops and performances are created with the goals of empowering the participants, and of engaging diverse communities in thought and conversation.

The Regent Park Project – A collaborative initiative telling the stories of Regent Park.

This is a multi-disciplinary project incorporating writing, film and theatre in a collective creation process with professional artists, and youth from Regent Park and beyond. Taking place over time, this initiative empowers participants with opportunities to develop their acting, writing and film-making skills through free hands-on sessions – sharing their stories and experiences in ways that are meaningful to them. We  have developed a web-series as part of this initiative.

We have just completed post production for the first seasons of the interactive eight episode series. That process saw us collaborating with accomplished Director of Photography, Daniel Grant, and other professionals in the film world. Much thanks to Daniel Grant, the Regent Park Film Festival, TAC, John Young at Boat Rocker Media, and Larissa Giroux from the Canadian Film Centre for their support – we simply could not have done any of this without you.

~ This project has been created through a process of  offering free acting, creation, and production classes – building our ‘company’ of young actors and film-makers. They have had the opportunity to make connections within the professional film community;  participating in workshops,  mock auditions, and development sessions with actors from the Canadian Film Centre’s Conservatory Program, partaking in many opportunities through Boat Rocker Media, including set visits, and professional mentoring.

Check out our teaser for Season One. The web series will be launched soon! We are looking forward to moving into the development of Season Two!

“You learn about yourself, and others. This is by far the best project I’ve been in. Life changing, creative, inspirational!” ~ Simba (Acting Company Member)

The Spectrum Collective

Kick Start Arts is pleased to have collaborated with the tenants of the Daniels Spectrum Building (An arts and cultural hub in Regent Park). We acted as Artistic Directors/Producers for their collaborative multi-disciplinary ‘Summer Arts Lab’ for youth ages 11-18. The Collective includes: ArtHeart, COBA Dance, Native Earth, Regent Park Film Festival, and the Regent Park School of Music. Artscape, The Centre for Social Innovation, and Pathways to Education are all supporting partners in this project. Participants explored a common theme through drama, dance, visual art, music, media and writing – the week-long session culminated in a performance, and community pot luck.

We are looking for funding to continue this in future years.