Desire Lines

noun. unplanned paths that are formed over time as alternatives to the main route. 

Desire Lines is VIBE Arts’ multi-year Arts Educator Mentorship Program. Each year, a cohort of equity-seeking, youth artists receive employment and mentorship opportunities to lead and curate their own hands-on art experiences for children and youth. Starting in 2021, Desire Lines will support the professional growth in the careers of female BIPOC artists through Desire Lines: Women’s Work.

Desire Lines is made possible by the support of the RBC Foundation and Pattison Outdoor Advertising.

Desire Lines: Women’s Work

With the disproportionate effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women and the BIPOC population, VIBE identified an urgent need to support and platform BIPOC women artists. Desire Lines: Women’s Work was born, deliberate and specifically designed, to provide young female artists the opportunity to grow their careers in the arts through networking, mentorship, professional development and exhibition opportunities.

See their work in TTC stations across Toronto throughout January and February 2022. Click here to see a map. 

Desire Lines II

Meet the eight talent artists who make up the second Desire Lines cohort! While they haven’t got meet in person, they spent 2020 virtually connecting with their mentors. These talented artists had their work showcased at TTC stations across Toronto from January to February 2021. 

Get to know Desire Lines Cohort II on our IGTV

About Desire Lines

Desire Lines is a two-year program presented by VIBE Arts & made possible by the RBC Foundation and Pattison Outdoor Advertising.

Each year, a cohort of equity-seeking, youth artists receive employment and mentorship opportunities to lead and curate their own hands-on art experiences for children and youth.

Each artist is then provided with the resources to create their own original 4’x6′ artworks. These works go on to be publicly exhibited in subway stations across Toronto.

As well as providing mentorship opportunities, helping plan artist programs and overseeing every step of the Desire Lines Program, VIBE hosts an annual celebratory exhibition to share the artists’ achievements and showcase their work.

For more information or to find out how you can get involved in Desire Lines, contact info@vibearts.ca.

Learn more about previous
Desire Lines cohorts:

20192020

“It feels incredible to have this opportunity” 

– Keisha James

2019 Desire Lines Artist

“My VIBE Arts Mentor is my greatest support right now.”

– Jason Julien

2019 Desire Lines Artist

“I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity to be challenged artistically on such a large scale. 

– sydanie

2019 Desire Lines Artist

Being able to display my work like this helps me feel validated as a professional artist.” 

– Mirka Loiselle

2019 Desire Lines Artist

“Desire Lines is a neat opportunity. I’m excited to see the final product. 

– Nicholas Ridiculous

2019 Desire Lines Artist

I developed more trust in myself as an artist, and explored a new medium of creating. 

– Vicky Wang

2019 Desire Lines Artist

 “I’m excited for the exposure this may bring to my art.”

– Jasmine Wemigwans

2019 Desire Lines Artist

Photos of the 2019 Desire Lines Exhibition Event, November 21st, 2019. Photographer Anthony Gebrehiwot, XVXY Photo.

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