The Arts Access Fund works with an ever-growing group of visual and performance arts organizations.
Currently, Access students attend:
  • art Works art School
  • Artists' Play
  • Avenue Road Arts School
  • Bach Children’s Chorus
  • Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts
  • Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre
  • Centauri Arts Academy
  • Children & Youth Dance Theatre
  • The Institute For The Performing Arts
  • Jade’s Hip Hop Academy
  • Joy of Dance Centre
  • Randolph Kids Performing Arts
  • The School of Toronto Dance Theatre
  • Sistema Toronto
  • Toronto Children’s Chorus
  • Toronto Music Alliance
  • Toronto School for Strings and Piano

  • Art Works Art School

    238 Jane St, Toronto, ON M6S 3Z1
    Art Works Art School has evolved and expanded its services, since 1996, to facilitate students of all ages, offering some of the finest and most varied art programs in the city. Our new home and location has allowed us to create many exciting possibilities for our students such as exhibition opportunities in Art Works Art Gallery, access to the Frank Hoff Art Library for research purposes, and proposals for artist-in-residence independent studio development.
    Volunteer opportunities are encouraged and available to high school, university and college students through our ongoing Mentoring Program. Services to our community include events hosting, open houses, family days, workshops, and we sell retail art supplies and instruction books to the public.

    Artists' Play

    1112 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M4M 2S1
    Artists' Play School of Dance has been providing dance classes to the Leslieville, Riverdale and Riverside communities since 2004. The school focuses on proper dance technique and the fostering of creativity. We offer professional dance lessons in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, tap, aerial silks and creative movement. All our instructors are professionally-trained dance and aerial artists working actively in Toronto.
    At Artists’ Play, children and youth are respected as creative beings and are taught in a joyful atmosphere as they work toward technical excellence. Through weekly classes they acquire healthy body image, leadership qualities, the ability to take direction, teamwork, and respect for themselves and their peers. As well, two main performances per year provide children with valuable performance and life skills.
    Artists’ Play is also proud to have a repertoire of dynamic performance projects under the direction of Elizabeth Dawn Snell.

    Avenue Road Arts School

    Avenue Road Arts School is a Toronto-based creative oasis for preschoolers, kids, teens and adults who want to develop their skills in the arts, connect with the artistic community and unearth their imagination. The School has been inspiring creativity since 1993 and has become a leader in arts education, providing tuition by experienced educators and a welcoming environment that invites the public to connect and explore the arts. A large roster of art classes are offered all year long through courses, workshops as well as outreach programs at a variety of public and private schools across the city exploring a wide range of media including drawing, painting, mixed media, photography and 3D art. Their program has been shown to develop student's portfolio work for school acceptance, deepen student’s confidence and encourage creative thinking. Through Avenue Road Arts School’s virtual program, the School offers online classes that allow the School to connect to individuals beyond Toronto and brings their community to you!

    Bach Children’s Chorus

    105 - 55 Regent Park Blvd. Toronto, ON M5A 0C2
    Founded in 1987, the national award-winning Bach Children’s Chorus (BCC) is a leader in choral musicianship and performance, continuing to set the highest standards of musical literacy and education for community choirs. Our integrated program includes theory, ear training and sight-singing. Age- and skill-appropriate activities are taught to every singer in all choir levels. The BCC also proudly invites outstanding alumni and senior members to lead and mentor our youth through sight-singing small groups, vocal coaching, and rehearsal assistant opportunities. The BCC’s artistic programming aims to inspire all members, ages 4 to 18, with an emphasis on rehearsals in east Scarborough, where more accessible community music opportunities for youth are needed.
    Since 2017, Charissa Bagan, has served as the organization’s Artistic Director. She holds a master of music degree from the University of British Columbia and has previously led the Junior Choir program at the renowned St. Michael’s Choir School. In 2021, Charissa completed a micro-certification from OCAD University in video post production and also taught Ryerson University’s Advanced Music course to performance majors in acting and dance at The Creative School. She currently serves as Secretary of the Choirs Ontario Board of Directors.

    Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts

    77 Samor Rd, #4 Toronto, ON M6A 1J2
    Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts is committed to the highest quality performing arts training for students of all ages and all skill levels in Toronto, Ontario. Our professional, dedicated, talented and friendly teachers are all qualified instructors that are performers, arts educators, and arts supporters.
    Here at Bravo Academy, our aim is to bring music to life! We produce more shows than any performing arts school in Toronto. We love music, theatre, and performance and aim to provide you with a space where we can share our love of the arts with YOU!
    Most of all, we are here to teach you what you want to learn. From beginner music theatre classes to advanced performance troupes, from information sessions to masterclasses, to lessons in all types of instruments at all levels, to birthday parties and fun events, we are dedicated to providing you with the best performing arts experiences and education in Toronto.

    Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

    509 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M4X 1P3
    Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) is a modern dance repertory company of dancers under 20 years of age. Founded in 1980 by Deborah Lundmark and Michael deConinck Smith to present gifted young artists in professional productions, the Company has staged more than one-thousand performances from Barrie to Beijing and has been hailed by Toronto’s Globe and Mail as “a national treasure”. CCDT members experience the life of professional dancers, including weekly classes in ballet and modern, extensive repertoire training and work with celebrated Canadian choreographers in the creation of original dance works. CCDT performs locally and abroad to critical and popular acclaim.

    Centauri Arts Academy

    2323 Bloor St W #218A, Toronto, ON M6S 4W1
    Centauri Arts Academy is a learning centre for young people and adults who have a keen interest in the arts. We offer arts courses throughout the year in Creative Writing, Theatre/Acting, Filmmaking & Fine Art. In addition, we offer an annual retreat to Costa Rica for adult writers and their families. Many of weekly courses we offer – Film Production and Creative Writing, for example – are difficult to find elsewhere, while our Acting courses include the chance to take internationally-recognized performance examinations through Trinity College (UK).
    We are located in West Toronto, and our students come from across the city, as well as from Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, Burlington, Richmond Hill, Scarborough and Guelph.

    Children & Youth Dance Theatre

    4507 Chesswood Dr, North York, Ontario M3J 2V6
    The Children & Youth Dance Theatre (CYDT) is a non-profit Dance Academy that focuses on nurturing and developing the dance talents of children and youths ages 4 and over. We offer an intensive as well as a recreational program with weekly classes at the CYDT Studios 4507 Chesswood Drive, Toronto.
    Our competitive Dance Team is a training ground for students who are interested and can commit to challenging their skills to the highest level and a place for teachers/choreographers to present new and original works. The ultimate goal is to produce a calibre of technically skilled dancers who will take the stage with pride, represent the community at a cultural level, nurture a pride in culture and aspire to achieve levels of professionalism that will be exemplary.

    The Institute For The Performing Arts

    Unit 19 - 207 Edgeley Boulevard, Concord, ON L4K 4B5
    The Institute For The Performing Arts (TIFTPA) is a creative and educational hub for Music, Theatre and Dance, allowing for exploration, creating and training, individually and collaboratively while fostering a community of exceptional creative performing artists. TIFTPA offers the highest level of performing arts instruction, scholarly engineered with a world-class vision that fosters artistic excellence, discipline and professional development while cultivating an appreciation and passion for the performing arts in our community and beyond. Supported by by a faculty of professional and experienced mentors, a state of the art facility meeting the technological demands of a leading educational institution, and paired with our innovative and comprehensive programs, our students will be provided with the edge that they need to compete and withstand the vigorous journey they have ahead of them. With programming for both the enthusiast and the
    pre-professional student in music, acting, dance, musical theatre, the classes address the unique needs of the individuals that make up our arts community.

    Jade’s Hip Hop Academy

    12 Bram Ct, Brampton, ON L6W 3V1
    Jade’s Hip Hop Academy is still the fastest growing studio in the GTA and the only all Urban Dance Studio in Brampton. The Owner and Artistic Director of Jade’s Hip Hop Academy is Jade Jager Clark. A self-taught dancer who started dancing, teaching and choreographing all at the same time at the mere age of 14.
    Jade’s Hip Hop Academy opened its doors in 2006. Operating only 2 nights a week with 18 students it soon found out it needed to expand.
    In September 2007 Jade’s Hip Hop Academy opened its new facility in Brampton with a Grand Opening. Offering classes in Recreational Hip Hop for students ages 3 and up and Competitive Hip Hop for ages 8-20.
    Jade's dancers have performed at 'We Day', at Maple Leaf Gardens and have often appeared on CBC and CTV television. Most recently, a group of dancers were flown to Los Angeles to perform on the Ellen Generes Show. Students come from Guelph, Hamilton, Milton, Malton, Orangeville, Scarborough, Toronto, Etobicoke and Mississauga to take classes at our facility.

    Joy of Dance

    95 Danforth Ave #302, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2
    Joy of Dance Centre offers the very best in Adult, Kids and Teen dance class instruction within a warm and welcoming environment. We are committed to providing our students with a place and space to grow: uniquely, individually, expressively, technically, passionately and with excellence. We offer instruction in a diverse and extensive dance repertoire from Ballet to Hip Hop to Contemporary to Ballroom.
    We are an accredited Ballroom Dance Teacher's Academy, under the DVIDA and ISTD programs
    Our vision is to enrich the dance community we serve, locally and globally, by providing the very best in all things dance. We strive to open the heart, mind, body and soul to the joy of expression and connection through dance. To us anything is possible once joy is experienced. We are committed to sharing the passion and paying it forward.
    Our mission is to inspire and spread the joy of dance to all and to be the central, authoritative and collective voice of dance. Above all, we are committed to being simply the best in serving our dance community.

    Toronto Music Alliance

    Toronto Music Alliance is about Music for Everyone. The school takes a fun, relevant and modern approach to music that emphasizes the journey of learning with an approach that goes beyond the notes on the page. The results have inevitably followed. Our faculty use a variety of teaching methods suited to the individual needs of each student. Music doesn't fit into a square box, so why should music lessons? From the world-renowned Suzuki method to the Royal Conservatory exam curriculum, from classical and jazz to Songwriting 101 and Theory 911, we aim to provide the most engaging and rewarding music lessons in the GTA. In addition, we are proud to feature innovative, award-winning programs you won't find anywhere else, including our Digital Music Production studio (still offered online!).
    Though we are online-only during these unprecedented times, we are continuing to enrich our community with a huge variety of online activities, including masterclasses, recitals, seminars, student and teacher performances, and a whole lot more!

    Randolph Kids Performing Arts

    736 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
    In the 20-plus years since its founding, the Randolph Kids Performing Arts has been a part of every major musical theatre event in Toronto, from the pre-Broadway runs of Ragtime and Fosse to the North American premieres of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz and Dirty Dancing, and Mirvish Productions The Sound of Music. The Randolph Kids Performing Arts was established during the mega-musical revolution in Canada, at the time giving rise to a new breed of performer able to meet the needs of an increasingly demanding and dynamic industry.

    The School of Toronto Dance Theatre

    80 Winchester St, Toronto, ON M4X 1B2
    The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, based in downtown Toronto, has been a leader in training contemporary dance artists for over 45 years. Through our professional programs we dedicate ourselves to investing in the artistic potential of youth for the development of the art form.
    For more than 45 years, the School has been training dancers who have been inspired by the depth of passion and the physical power of the human body in motion. Contemporary dance is an art form of kinetic expression, which both represents and reflects back to us our contemporary world through the elements of time, space, energy, musicality, and dynamics. It can provoke joy and wonder, sadness and despair, humour and delight, and deep feelings of passion and spiritual awareness. As an art form it keeps us profoundly in touch with others, with our environment, and with ourselves.
    Philosophically, training emphasizes the whole dancer – body, mind, and spirit – since excellent movement training engages the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our humanity. The School affirms its commitment to the education of all aspects of an individual through its strong and varied curriculum and through the provision of excellent role models in its faculty and guest artists.

    Sistema Toronto

    3300 Yonge Street, Suite 210, Toronto, ON M4N 2L6
    Sistema Toronto Toronto’s free after-school program delivers ten hours of intensive musical instruction per week throughout the school year. Our children make music together in orchestras and choirs. They’re not just musical ensembles – they’re models that teach our kids their role in the success of the team.
    By working toward a common goal, our students learn about cooperation, mutual support, empathy, self-respect, perseverance, and resilience. They discover the joy of belonging to something greater than the sum of its parts.
    Our Young Ambassadors Program provides private music lessons to students with an especially keen interest in improving their skills.

    Toronto Children's Chorus

    26 Delisle Ave, Toronto, ON M4V 1S5
    The Toronto Children’s Chorus, now in its 38th season, is recognized as one of the finest treble choirs in the world. The Chorus is committed to the enrichment of children’s lives through the discipline, teamwork and unique camaraderie of fine choral singing. The unparalleled music education and life-changing opportunities to perform exceptional music in local, national and international venues help to promote the personal welfare, growth and a portfolio of life skills that prepare children to become effective citizens.
    The TCC offers artistic excellence, character-building experiences and leadership opportunities while nurturing musical academic and individual achievement. Over 37 years, the TCC has built a musical education structure that includes sight singing, theory training, master classes and workshops with expert clinicians while offering exceptional performance opportunities and collaborations with other musicians such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The choir’s vast repertoire embraces diverse cultures and traditions and covers an extensive range of musical genres. The TCC has commissioned many new Canadian works that have greatly influenced the treble voice repertoire.

    Toronto School for Strings and Piano

    1585 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1Z9
    The Toronto School for Strings and Piano (TSSP) was founded in 1999, by Julian and Mary Fisher, to provide their students with a positive and stimulating learning experience.
    The Mission of the Toronto School for Strings and Piano is to create an environment where the love of music and musical ability is developed through instruction, performances and group activities.
    The TSSP is a supportive community that celebrates the musical accomplishments of all it’s members and seeks to perpetuate the value of musical education for families and individuals.
    Our faculty of highly qualified and experienced teachers incorporate the best of the world-renowned Suzuki Philosophy, the rigor of the nationally recognized Royal Conservatory of Music Examination system and other approaches tailored to the needs of individual students. Our teachers include accredited adjudicators and performers active in the musical life of Toronto.
    We emphasize the quality of the learning environment and foster artistic growth among all our students, who range in age from young children to senior citizens. Instruments taught include violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, guitar and electric bass. We encourage our students to take advantage of enriching opportunities such as rehearsing with a professional accompanist, or playing with small ensembles or orchestra. We offer a fun and creative approach to theory in private lessons or small groups. We also encourage the implementation of music technology. The core of our instruction is classical by nature, but we also include jazz and improvisation.