What we learn from the arts, we learn for life

Art is a lifelong love that can begin young. So, we have as many programs in Visual and Performing Arts as there are incredible ideas in a child’s mind. Which is a lot. A whole lot. And though we’re interested in cultivating artists, ultimately what we do is cultivate an environment. Where kids can be themselves, explore their identities, and grow into strong capable people with thoughts, visions, and ideas about the world. To learn a love of art. And learn even more from it.

Have a look at our programs below. Or if you’re ready to book, use the registration tool now.

Download our 2015/16 Program Guide

How it Works

Art is powerful. And its power changes the lives of kids in incredible ways. When a young person connects with the arts—their art—they find not just a capacity for appreciation, but personal expression and discipline they carry with them for life. That’s real power. Like the power-to-light-up-a-room powerful.

How to Register


New and returning students can register online. Set up your online account in advance of registration opening, to avoid delays.

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In Person

Visit the Student Services team at:
Arts Umbrella Granville Island
1286 Cartwright Street
Granville Island, Vancouver

Arts Umbrella Surrey South
Morgan Crossing
N116 - 15850 26 Avenue

Payment can be made by cheque, cash, VISA, American Express, or MasterCard.

By Phone

Call the Student Services team during business hours at:
604.681.5268 (Granville Island) or 604-535-1127 (Surrey)

Have your credit card information ready!

Please note that registering in person, by phone or fax does not immediately guarantee registration in a class. Your information will be processed as quickly as possible, but as the online registration system is real time, we cannot give preference to in-person or telephone requests.

Gift cards

Arts Umbrella gift cards make the perfect gift for any budding young artist! Our programs offer many creative possibilities for students ages 2 to 19.

You can purchase an Arts Umbrella gift card through Student Services at 604.681.5268. There is no minimum purchase, and cards can be used toward any Arts Umbrella class.

Scholarships & Bursaries


Arts Umbrella Scholarships can help take a student’s arts training to the next stage. Experienced mentors guide intensive scholarship programs, helping committed young artists stretch their boundaries, fine-tune their artistic voices, or polish their portfolios. Contact us for more details about application requirements.

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Finances shouldn’t stop any child from participating in the arts. The Arts Umbrella Bursary Fund helps students of all ages and talents access the arts at a reduced rate, nominal fee, or free-of-charge. Low- and middle-income families can apply for a full or partial tuition subsidy. Bursaries are awarded based on financial need, putting the best arts training within reach for hundreds of young artists.

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