This June, VIBE Arts launched the new mobile programming initiative, Drive the VIBE, at VIBE Arts Festival. This outreach initiative enables VIBE programming to travel to community events and festivals within the GTA and provincially. The goal of the Drive the VIBE is to engage communities in art-making while creating space for dialogue around area-specific issues affecting youth. We are pleased to announce that Drive the VIBE Summer Sessions will take place from July 5th to September 6th, 2018 at South Oshawa Community Centre! Free workshops are open to youth on Thursdays from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Programming is funded by Telus with additional in-kind support from the City of Oshawa.
Often operating out of a vibed-up vehicle, arts educators and assistants (from VIBE Arts’ mentorship program) travel to various neighbourhoods and facilitate free art-making activities in response to connecting and engaging in meaningful conversations with community members. Drive the VIBE will offer scheduled programming in collaboration with community partners and additionally boasts an aspect of spontaneous pop-up programming. Anyone can stay informed of Drive the VIBE’s whereabouts by following along on Instagram and receiving live updates with the handle @DrivetheVIBE.
Youth of all ages are encouraged to participate in Drive the VIBE’s Summer Sessions and themes will be curated to resonate particularly with 8-17-year-olds. Drive the VIBE comes to life in spaces where communities tend to naturally mingle and will use accessibility as a leverage to provide productive, hands-on educational opportunities to participants during summer break – a time when education is often far from reach.
The VIBE Arts team is thrilled to get this venture rolling and looks forward to deepening our relationships with neighbourhoods across Ontario and beyond. Interested in getting involved with Drive the VIBE as a community partner or volunteer? Get in touch – we’re looking for groups and individuals who share our love to collaborate.