This is VIBE Spotlight: a weekly series that celebrates and shines a light on VIBE Arts’ roster of talented artists. Each Monday, our Instagram and website feature a different VIBE Artist and provide a look into their craft. Stay tuned and get to know the diverse talent that makes up our organization and community with #VIBESpotlight.
On this VIBE Spotlight, we’re shining a light on Prince, a spoken word artist and rapper on the VIBE Arts Emerging Artist roster. Prince is currently one of the artists in Cohort III of NExT, our Black Youth Mentorship made possible by TD Bank Financial Group.
VIBE: What has been one of your favourite moments while being on the VIBE roster?
Prince: One of my favourite moments at VIBE is being able to assist in facilitating workshops. I really look forward to facilitating my own workshops providing youth with tools for their own creative expression. I also love the support and resources VIBES provides to their roster.
VIBE: Is there anything you are currently working on that you would like to share?
Prince: I am currently working on releasing more music for 2021 and 2022. I am also working on creating unique social commentary photos of my own life.
VIBE: What are some of your future goals?
Prince: Some of my future goals are to be an entertainer/performer and arts facilitator. I would also like to travel the world and document my experience.
VIBE: What is one of the greatest lessons you have learned thus far?
Prince: You don’t really miss what’s for you. It will only be delayed if you’re not putting in the work.
Support Prince: @prince_amoakoo
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In July 2021, VIBE Arts received another opportunity to present a Cultural Hotspot Signature Project, The Heart of the Nest, through The City of Toronto to engage community members in Etobicoke through a series of art-making and story-telling workshops. The culminating piece, on display at Montgomery’s Inn in Etobicoke, is a colourful collaborative sculpture sharing the work of over 100 program participants.
On Thursday, August 26, VIBE Arts, joined by Mayor John Tory, held an unveiling of the project to launch Toronto’s 8th annual Cultural Hotspot program and celebrate the artists, community members and partners who made The Heart of the Nest possible. Learn more about the Cultural Hotspot program at https://www.toronto.ca/culturalhotspot.
VIBE’s Artistic Director Onika Powell making remarks.
Through a series of free, online art-making and story-telling workshops this July led by professional VIBE artist, arts educator and Etobicoke resident, Akshata Naik, with assistance from VIBE Emerging Artist Natalie ‘Rare’ Chattargoon, community members in Eatonville and Rexdale shared over 100 stories of community and made art. These birdhouses reflect what home means to them, and how this meaning has evolved in a pandemic, migration and memories of one’s journey home.
The birdhouses were brought together by Akshata to share these stories in conversation with one another in a beautiful collaborative sculpture. The Heart of the Nest’s public exhibit will be on display on the grounds of Montgomery’s Inn until September 27, 2021.
The very colourful Heart of the Nest installation.
The Heart of the Nest is A City of Toronto Cultural Hotspot Signature Project.