VIBE Arts named partner of Gardiner Museum’s 2019 Community Arts Space

VIBE Arts is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Gardiner Museum’s 2019 Community Arts Space: What We Long For. VIBE is proud to contribute Hair We Are, one of six projects that seek to reconsider Toronto’s unique and varied local histories of art and social activism. The youth project will run from Thursday, July 11th to Wednesday, July 24th in The Gardiner’s Third Floor Exhibition Hall.

Beauty salons and barbershops have long served as special spaces in the Black community. They provide far more than hair care, acting as safe spaces for people to exchange stories and build community. Led by artist Igho Diana, community arts organization VIBE Arts will re-create a contemporary beauty salon that explores self-care and evolutionary concepts of beauty through time and culture.


About Hair We Are

Reflecting on selected ceramics from the Gardiner’s European earthenware and porcelain collections, including objects from the boudoir and female-only social spaces during the 15th– 18th century, the Youth Project will challenge racialized girls and young women to use their lived experiences to recontextualize and rethink historical objects as a means of bringing their own histories to the forefront.

Hair We Are will involve a series of self-care, hair care, and storytelling workshops with young women, at Art Starts’ main hub in Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

Hair We Are is led by VIBE artist Igho Diana of E.G.O. Initiative, which works to empower youth and Black women to practice a higher level of self-care while building community.

Lead artist: Igho Diana

Artists and Participants: Fatu Bachilly, Sutanya Samuels, Mya Mitchell, Ashley Adams, Samya Ally, Amina Barakzai, Ayesha Barakzai, Khadija Barakzai, Najaat Abdulla, Jaalle Gormu, Kianna Morga


Upcoming Events

Hair We Are Launch

Thursday, July 11 • 6 – 8 pm

In partnership with Art Starts, join us for the public opening of VIBE Arts’ Hair We Are, an exhibition re-creating a contemporary beauty salon environment exploring self-care and how concepts of beauty have evolved through time and culture. Mingle with the artists and collaborators, and enjoy music, youth artist-led tours, and refreshments.


Family Sunday: Self-Care Rituals

Sunday, Jul 14  • 11 am – 3 pm

Join us for a hands-on, self-care workshop facilitated by artist Igho Diana of Hair We Are. Attendees will learn how to make their very own body butter and hair care products using all-natural ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oils.

VIBE Arts acknowledges the tremendous support of The Gardiner Museum and the ongoing partnership of Art Starts in making this project possible.


VIBE Arts to Co-Present ResilienTOgether: a Panel Discussion, Concert Series and Photography Exhibitions as part of Youth Week 2019

VIBE Arts is pleased to announce an upcoming collaboration with the City of Toronto’s Youth Equity Strategy (TYES) with support from Solid Waste Management. On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, VIBE will be co-presenting a series of free arts programming and performances as part of Youth Week 2019.

Join us in the Toronto City Hall Rotunda at 4pm for the launch and receptions of two photography exhibitions. The first, titled Resiliency Through Immigration, is curated by Anthony Gebrehiwot and Lillian O’Brien Davis, and captures stories of families who have channeled resilience through their immigration to Canada.

A second photo exhibition features works from VIBE and TYES’ online Instagram campaign, #ResiliencyLooksLike. Through March and April 2019, VIBE and TYES took to the web to encourage youth age 18-29 to submit photos that showed what #ResiliencyLooksLike to them. The selected finalists’ works will be displayed at City Hall and celebrated at a reception beginning at 4pm.

At 4:30pm, join us for a Platform A ‘A Talk’; an artist panel discussion moderated by Freedom Fridayz’s, Byron Gray. Join local artists Sydanie, LolaBunz, MighLoe, IP The Poet and Quincy Morales as they explore the topic of resiliency and what it takes to be heard as an upcoming performer in Toronto.

5:30pm will begin an evening of musical performances with the ResilienTOgether concert series. This event features headliners TOBi and 11:11, as well as the performers we heard from at the Artist Talk; Sydanie, MighLoe, Quincy Morales, IP The Poet and LolaBunz. Hosted by Emcee Ebone with tunes from DJ Gonnie Garko, this will be an evening of good vibes and tight rhymes that you won’t want to miss.

That’s not all! From 4-8pm, we’ll be offering a variety of free arts activations, installations, and programming for creatives of all ages. Look out for Drive the VIBE, our mobile van parked outside City Hall to engage attendees with hands-on arts workshops, led by a team of talented VIBE Artists. Urban Arts will also be bringing their beat-making station, so be sure to come out on Saturday, May 4th, and make some time to create!

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