Kids and teens step into Arts Umbrella’s inspiring studios and start exploring, innovating, and creating. Our visual art, dance, and theatre programs offer something for every young artist aged 2 to 19, from preschoolers to pre-professionals, and budding painters to burgeoning directors.
But the magic that happens in the studio goes well beyond our walls. At Arts Umbrella, we believe that art is powerful – powerful enough to change the lives of kids in incredible ways. We see it every day as young people connect with the arts, find their own voices, practice self-discipline, and gain self-confidence. And while creativity at Arts Umbrella takes kids fun places, at the same time, kids take away an unstoppable creativity to last a lifetime.
In 1979, a group of parents disappointed by the lack of quality arts training available in Greater Vancouver banded together to create what we now know as Arts Umbrella. The first year began with 45 eager students and has since grown to four locations serving more than 20,000 students each year. We’re particularly proud of our bursary and free programs, which provide approximately 12,000 students access to our programs at little to no cost to their families.
Arts Umbrella offers inspiring classes in dance, visual arts, media arts, and theatre. If creativity is involved, there's a good chance we teach it.
Arts Umbrella - Granville Island
1286 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
Arts Umbrella - South Surrey
The Shops at Morgan Crossing
N116 - 15850 26 Avenue
South Surrey, BC V3S 2N6
Arts Umbrella - Surrey Centre
Park Place Central Surrey
102 - 13678 100 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 1H9