VIBE Arts is a charity dedicated to providing arts education and artistic mentorship to the next generation of creatives. We seek to increase access and equity to the arts to encourage wellness, resilience and a sense of belonging.
VIBE Arts provides a wide variety of free, hands on, high quality, accessible arts programs for children and youth aged 3-29 ranging from visual arts, film making, poetry, dance, music, drama and more.
VIBE supports artists through mentorship and employment opportunities. Our mentorship programs provide artists opportunities to build their skills in facilitation, project management and communication while developing new networks across the arts sector and gaining valuable employment experience.
We bring young people together to collaborate in safe and accessible spaces and tap into their creative potential. Our programs develop life-long skills, nurture community connections and spark creativity. Together, we work towards a future where every young person is equipped to contribute creatively to society.
Our 2022/2023 Impact by the Numbers:
COMMUNITY ARTS WORKSHOPS
Happy Black Futures Month!!! Congratulations to all the Black artists in our city who are showcasing orselling new art this month, or performing new work. Some of you aregearing up to engage in public discussions and share your story. Inwhich, all are equally important and worth celebrating. As a Blackcreative myself, February can sometimes feel ... Read more
VIBE Arts is seeking upcoming or early-career artists between the ages of 16-29 to join Cohort V of NExT, our Black youth mentorship program. To apply, you must: About the opportunity: We are looking for applicants to join a group of dedicated, Black youth artists. Upon selection, successful candidates will join our 2023-2024 Cohort and will each ... Read more
In July 2023 VIBE Arts and artists Kseniya Tsoy, Rob Matejka and Frannie Potts created a community mural outside of Church Street Espresso (585 Church St, Toronto). The Story In Your Cup of Coffee is inspired by the cafe–an informal and very integral local community hub in The Village bringing people together through the shared ... Read more
Media Release: VIBE Arts Completes OTF Resilient Communities Grant To Provide Comprehensive Supports for Artists
Toronto, ON (May 2023): With the support of a Resilient Communities grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that was awarded in 2022, VIBE Arts was able to reimagine and rebuild the delivery of our mentorship and professional development programs. This grant helped provide dedicated resources to evaluation of VIBE’s programming throughout the pandemic and ... Read more
Starting May 1st, VIBE will be providing its employees a 4-day work week. Staff will be working a 32-hour week, taken Monday-Thursday, while getting paid for a 40-hour work week. Why are we doing this? 4-day work weeks have been successful in summer months at VIBE for the past 2 years, with summer 2022 being ... Read more
“I feel more confident after seeing and learning from other artists that are in similar situations and getting the opportunity to hear different perspectives on some of the topics we discussed. I think I’ll be able to carry out my goals by finally learning where and how to access help.” – NExT IV Artist March ... Read more
It’s February already? Where did the time go? It felt like yesterday we were wrapping up the year, sharing all the wonderful memories we were able to make through our 2022 Impact Report. Yet today, we are almost a week into February celebrating Black Futures Month. I am proud to work for VIBE Arts, an ... Read more
Media Release: VIBE Arts Completes OTF Grow Grant for Arts Programming in Northern Ontario Communities
Sault Ste. Marie, ON (February 3, 2023): On Tuesday, MPP Ross Romano tuned in to VIBE Arts’s Woodland Drawing workshop led by artist Lucia Laford to congratulate the group on the work done using a $201,900 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that was awarded in 2018. The grant’s focus was to deliver ... Read more
January 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Learn to draw in the Woodland Arts style using materials you have at home! Guided by Lucia Laford (Waawaaskone Qwe) artists of all ages and abilities are invited to learn how to draw in a Woodland Arts style. This event is free. Registration is required. Material Suggestions: ... Read more
VIBE Arts is pleased to introduce the second cohort of RBC Desire Lines: Women’s Work Artists. You can see their work at The Gallery at Mason Studio until November 30, 2022. Learn more about this exhibition here. Their time in the program has culminated in a city-wide public exhibit. You can view their original artwork in ... Read more