At Arts Umbrella, we believe that art is powerful. Powerful enough to change a young person’s life in incredible ways. This belief is at the core of everything we do, especially as we emerge from a global pandemic.
In April 2021, Arts Umbrella moved into our new home on Granville Island. This 50,000 net-square-foot building dedicated to arts education for young people ages 2-22 features state-of-the-art studio, exhibition, and performance spaces to inspire future generations.
Close to 250 arts educators and staff lead our programs in Art, Design, Dance, Theatre, Music, and Film. Every day, we witness wonder in our studios, seeing the difference an arts education can make in the lives of young people. Increased confidence, problem solving, self-awareness, compassion, communication, and teambuilding— the benefits are wide-reaching and long-lasting.
Our pre-professional programs attract students from across Canada and around the world. Graduates present their work internationally, leading the way in their industries and promoting Vancouver’s reputation as a centre for the arts. More importantly, students have gone on to become creative and compassionate citizens in whichever paths they choose.
Access to an arts education is a cornerstone of our vision and mission. Today Arts Umbrella reaches more than 24,000 young people across Metro Vancouver annually, with 80% served through bursaries, scholarships, and donor-funded programs. Within the next 3-5 years, our new Granville Island facility will reach approximately 15,000 children and youth each year through tuition-based programs, as well as community programs and performances, distance learning, bursaries, and scholarships.
Registration for 2021/22 programs opens June 19, 2021.
Arts Umbrella’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our students, families, and staff. In all decisions, Arts Umbrella will adhere to the recommendations and guidelines from the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. View our health and safety measures at artsumbrella.com/health-safety or follow us on social media to keep up to date.
How to Register
New and returning students can register online. Set up your online account in advance of registration opening, to avoid delays.
Arts Umbrella gift cards make a lovely gift for any budding young artist! Our programs offer many creative possibilities for students ages 2 to 19. Please contact Student Services to purchase a gift card that can be used toward any Arts Umbrella class.
In-Person and By Phone
Arts Umbrella Granville Island, 1400 Johnston St
Arts Umbrella South Surrey, The Shops at Morgan Crossing
N116 - 15850 26 Ave, Surrey
Have your credit card information ready! Payment can be made by cheque, cash, VISA, American Express, or MasterCard.
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.
Creativity is limitless. But for many families, finances can limit access to high-quality arts programming. Arts Umbrella’s Bursary Fund helps young artists experience the freedom of creativity by providing financial support to low- and middle-income families. Based on financial need, Arts Umbrella’s Bursary Fund helps hundreds of families access the arts each year.