Arts Umbrella was founded in 1979 as a community-based organization that opened to 45 students on Granville Island. Over the years, we have expanded to locations across Metro Vancouver, serving more than 600,000 young people. Close to 250 arts educators and staff help young artists unlock their passion for the arts, empowering them with essential skills such as creative thinking, confidence, and compassion – qualities that support resilience and strength, particularly in tumultuous times like the pandemic.
With the opening of our new home on Granville Island, Arts Umbrella will increase its capacity to work with school boards, community centres, and neighbourhood houses to provide transformative experiences for vulnerable young people in our community. We currently serve more than 24,000 young people across Metro Vancouver annually. Within the next 3-5 years, this new core facility will welcome approximately 15,000 children and youth annually, through a wide range of programs, including community initiatives, distance learning, bursaries, and scholarships.