A vibrant and inclusive arts community in North York.


To uplift and expand the arts in North York by investing in artists, inspiring community members, and engaging with partners and businesses.



We celebrate diversity and believe that teamwork is integral to achieving creative, inspiring, and productive programs, events, and partnerships.


We are energized by new ideas that advance the ways we work, the opportunities we provide, and the connections we make. We embrace risk and commit to adapting to change with creativity, curiosity, and openness.


We are rooted in our belief that the arts inject vibrancy into communities. Supporting the arts in North York will create a thriving community in which to live, work, and create.


We recognize that equity is an ongoing commitment. We are dedicated to working towards equitable distribution of resources and opportunities for our community members.


North York Arts is a non-profit, charitable organization created to uplift and expand the arts in North York by investing in artists, inspiring community members, and collaborating with partners and businesses.

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.

Get to know our Sister LASOs: East End Arts, Arts Etobicoke, Scarborough Arts, Urban Arts, and Lakeshore Arts

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.