What We Do

North York Arts is a non-profit and registered charity.

We collaborate with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities.

North York Arts (NYA) is one of six Local Arts Service Organizations (LASOs) in Toronto whose purpose is to deliver on the City’s social, economic and cultural goals outside of the downtown core. NYA was created to specifically address the needs and interests of artists, arts organizations and residents based in North York.

Our sister LASOs are: East End Arts, Arts Etobicoke, Scarborough Arts, Urban Arts, and Lakeshore Arts


An inclusive, equitable, engaged and sustainable arts community in North York. 



To collaborate with artists, arts organizations, and partners to produce and strengthen local arts programming for North York communities.

Our Values

We believe in the power of working with artists and partners to build a stronger community.

We support novel and creative approaches that bring about growth in the arts and culture sector.

We stand for the free and open exchange of knowledge, experiences, and ideas.

We strive to ensure fair opportunities and outcomes for partners, artists, and community members.

We are committed to investing in learning opportunities to best support our communities.

We consistently uphold our core values and our organizational responsibilities with the highest level of honesty, openness, and respect.

Who We Serve

NYA serves individuals and communities located within North York’s 6 wards.

We provide inclusive arts events and programs to youth, families, and seniors with a focus on programs to serve the Newcomer and Neighbourhood Improvement Area communities. In addition, we provide services and programs to support both emerging and, established local artists and arts organizations.

The 6 wards located in North York are: 6 (York Centre), 8 (Eglinton-Lawrence), 15 (Don Valley West), 16 (Don Valley East), 17 (Don Valley North), 18 (Willowdale) – Find your ward here.

About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8



Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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Meet Julián

Julián Carvajal (he/him) is a Toronto-based award-winner creator & producer of experiences. This Queer Latinx Colombian Canadian Arts Manager/Producer has over 21 years of experience managing, curating and delivering arts festivals and cultural events. He is the Event Producer of the largest PanAmerican Food and Music Festival in Canada, Mentor in Residence at the Neighbourhood Arts Network while working at North York Arts, StreetARToronto and producing "In My Element(s) Symposia" for ArtWorkxTO.

Julián has collaborated with organizations and artists from 5 continents on multiple artistic projects. He has mentored over 400 self-identified artists for the past 10 years. He is passionate about building meaningful relationships; helping others to navigate the art sector in the city while collaborating with others to co-create an anti-oppressive and more diverse and inclusive vision of the art sector in Tkaronto.

What does art mean to you?

The Big Bang of my life