Head-stART is a free six-week virtual arts program for youth ages 13 to 18 living in Toronto Community Housing. Head-stART seeks to foster an appreciation for all forms of art, including photography, painting, music, dance, written/spoken word. Participants will be encouraged to express themselves through art-based activities, games and challenges led by trained staff from Toronto Community Housing or facilitators from Hart House at the University of Toronto (U of T). 

Participants will also have the opportunity to make new friends, practise their networking and communication skills, and learn about different job sectors and careers they might want to pursue. Those who complete the program will receive perks from Hart House like mentorship opportunities and access to exclusive workshops and events at U of T.

This program is being hosted in partnership with Hart House, a community engagement/ arts hub at U of T. 

Who is eligible?

  • Toronto Community Housing tenants, ages 13 to 18, who live in the Central region
  • No previous experience with art is necessary: all skill levels are welcome and encouraged

Spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants must have access to:

  • a computer, tablet or smartphone
  • a working internet connection
  • an email address

Program details

Head-stART will run from Thursday, November 25th to Thursday, January 13th, 2021 (with a two week break in December).

Participants will attend virtual sessions once per week on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Sessions will be hosted online using the Webex videoconferencing platform, which is free to download. Toronto Community Housing staff will email out the links to the workshop sessions in advance. When it is time to participate in the weekly session, participants need only click on the emailed link.

How to register

Complete the registration form and send it to ActiveLiving@torontohousing.ca. Forms can either be completed in PDF form, or printed and completed by hand, and then emailed back. The registration deadline is Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at noon.



More information

If you have questions about the Head-stART program or want more information, contact Willians Herrada, Program Supervisor, at Willians.Herrada@torontohousing.ca or 437-233-2059.