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Kick Start Arts - Igniting Creative Sparks!

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Hello, everyone! As emerging diverse artists from Regent Park and beyond, we are thrilled to share the incredible journey of creativity that we’ve embarked on for a decade through Kick Start Arts. Our passion for theatre, filmmaking, and storytelling has been ignited through experiences that have shaped our artistic vision.

Our Story
Our journey began when we were teenage participants in a transformative program that occurred every Monday night called The Regent Park Project . In these free classes, we delved into the realm of acting, writing, filmmaking, and theatre. These immersive, embodied classes grounded in our lived experiences not only honed our skills and connected us to professionals in the industry, but they also kindled a profound love for the performing arts, writing, and collaboration - created an amazing supportive community of diverse emerging artists along the way. Now, we are proud to be part of a company that values creativity, diversity, and innovation, and together, we have embarked on remarkable projects that have brought our stories to life.

Our Achievements
Through our dedication, we have:
Contributed to The Regent Park Project, an initiative that facilitated the creation of two captivating seasons of a web series , and a series of monologues entitled One Park Seven Stories .
  • Youth who have participated in those classes and projects are now working professionally in the film and theatre industries as actors represented by professional agents, writers working in writer’s rooms, producers, and crew.
  • Additionally, we’ve ventured into the realm of feature film writing.
  • And NOW our web series has inspired a compelling play adaptation - entitled Growing Up Regent! These accomplishments are a testament to our commitment to storytelling and the impact of the arts on our community.

The Next Chapter
Right now we are really excited that Growing Up Regent has been selected for the esteemed SummerWorks Performance Festival, marking a significant milestone in our journey. We are also really focused on getting our feature film produced. And of course, we want there to be funding to support the young creators coming up behind us in the Monday night classes.

How Your Contribution Will Help
Your generous support will enable us to:
  • Continue participating in the innovative training that is offered, supporting new youth as they join.
  • Work to produce our feature film, turning our creative vision into reality.
  • Bring our play adaptation to life at the SummerWorks Performance Festival!

By joining us in this venture, you are not only supporting our artistic pursuits but also becoming a part of a diverse community that values the transformative power of storytelling and the arts - and understands its significance in shaping a society that values the multiplicity of stories and experiences that create the mosaic of who we are as Canadians. Your contribution, no matter the amount, will make an immense difference in our journey and help us bring our dreams to fruition.

Thank you!
Thank you for considering our cause and for being a part of our creative team. Together, let's embrace the magic of theatre, film, and storytelling. Your support is the catalyst that propels us towards a future filled with artistic triumphs, unforgettable experiences and great art!

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Please scroll through our photos to see us in action - images from classes, film shoots, and theatre creation work. All credits: Sheena D. Robertson, Kick Start Arts
Development of Season 1 - Regent Park Project
Filming Season 1 - Regent Park Project
Rehearsals Season 2 - Regent Park Project
Filming - One Park, Seven Stories
Filming - One Park, Seven Stories
Multi-Disciplinary Creation Lab
Rehearsals Season 2 - Regent Park Project
Filming Season 2 - Regent Park Project
Editing - Regent Park Project
Multi-Disciplinary Creation Lab
Multi-Disciplinary Creation Lab
Multi-Disciplinary Creation Lab

Collaborating with our Artistic Director
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Donations 

  • Wendy Meredith
    • $100 
    • 3 hrs
  • Maureen Davey
    • $100 
    • 21 hrs
  • Wanda Gong
    • $50 
    • 5 d
  • Anonymous
    • $30 
    • 8 d
  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 9 d
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Kick Start Arts Society
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East York, ON

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