Let us paint you a picture. Arts Umbrella first opened its doors in 1979, with just 45 students in borrowed space. On September 15, 1983, we moved into our current space on Granville Island, setting up in a converted nail factory that has been our home ever since. Over the years, the organization grew, adding more programs, expanding into new communities, and reaching more than half a million young people. Today, Arts Umbrella is a nationally renowned non-profit organization with a powerful vision and unique programming model that reaches over 20,000 students across Metro Vancouver every year. Thanks to scholarships and bursaries, 80% of those young people access our programming at a reduced rate, giving them the opportunity to pursue their creativity no matter their socio-economic, geographic, or cultural background.

Demand for our programming has long surpassed our space capacity, putting Arts Umbrella at a pivotal moment for growth. We now have a unique opportunity to create a new home in the South Building of the former Emily Carr University of Art + Design on Granville Island. Our goal is to build a centre of excellence for the next generation that will provide young people with limitless opportunities.

Our Vision

A better world where all young lives are inspired to pursue a lifelong journey towards self-expression, compassion, and humanity.

Our Mission

To be Canada’s leader in arts education for young people that builds community and delivers profound life experiences through our commitment to innovation, excellence, and inclusivity. At the heart of what we do, we inspire people to live creative, authentic, and courageous lives.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Heather Altas, Senior Director, Development and Building Campaign.
E-mail: haltas@artsumbrella.com
Phone: 604-681-5268 x224