Arts Umbrella is a nationally renowned non-profit that provides high quality Visual and Performing Arts programming for young people ages 2–22.Since 1979, we have helped more than half a million young people explore their artistic potential and build community in our cities, province, and country. Last year, Arts Umbrella served 24,185 children and youth, with 80% participating at little or no cost through donor-funded programming.

Arts Umbrella classes are taught by more than 170 artist-instructors and industry experts. Every day, we see the difference an arts education can make in the lives of young people. Increased confidence, problem-solving, self-awareness, compassion, communication, and team-building—the benefits are wide-reaching and long-lasting.

Our pre-professional programs attract students from across Canada and around the world. Dance, Theatre, and Visual Arts graduates present internationally, leading the way in their industries and promoting Vancouver’s role as a centre for the arts. But more importantly, students have gone on to become creative and compassionate citizens in whatever path they choose.

A bigger base means a bigger reach. Not only will the new building provide more space for our current students, it will also increase our ability to provide community-based programs. This will ensure an arts education is available to all young people, regardless of socio-economic circumstance. The bigger facility will also allow more students from across Metro Vancouver to visit for donor-funded classes and performances.