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What’s the VIBE? VIBE Arts Programming Update

10 New ‘Beyond 3:30’ Programs Launched

Last week, we kicked off spring programming at 10 schools for Beyond 3:30: A TDSB after-school program that captivates youth with an afternoon of activities. This time around, VIBE programming includes DJ workshops, cartooning, African drumming, digital photography, exploring architecture, drawing & painting, theatre games & more. We look forward to the beautiful B330 works that will come to life over next few months. 

Collaborative Mural Project to be Displayed in TTC Stations 

We are pleased to report that our Mural Projects in collaboration with 5 Rotary International organizations across Ontario have come to a close. We are putting the finishing touches on 10 murals which will be displayed in TTC Stations this summer! Keep an eye out for sneak peeks of the murals before they hit the stations, themed “This Is What Community Means to Me”.

Coming soon! New Mobile Program Announcement: Drive the Vibe

At this year’s VIBE Arts Fest (happening at Ontario Place from June 8-10) we will be launching our new mobile outreach program, Drive the VIBE. This exciting new initiative will operate out of a vehicle and travel to communities around the province and beyond. Our official Instagram and logo launch is coming soon.





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VIBE Arts Fest 2018: Dates and Location Announced

VIBE Arts Fest (VAF) is a youth-led arts festival that celebrates the creativity of young people.

This 3-day, youth led festival will feature vendors, performance and showcase talent from VIBE Arts programming and Toronto Artists.

We are pleased to announce the dates and location for VIBE Arts Fest 2018: June 8-10 at Ontario Place.

Submissions for VAF performers, vendors and artists is now closed. We received an overwhelming amount of applicants. Thank you for your support!

We will see you in June! #VibeArtsFest #ArtistryEnMotion

Want to Volunteer? Follow VAF on Instagram and Twitter for updates on our upcoming openings.


ArtsEffect 2018 Tickets Now on Sale

A night of art auctions, performance, food & drink in support of youth arts programming.

Tickets are now on sale for ArtsEffect 2018. Join us on May 10th for an evening of live auctions led by Stephen Ranger. Arrive for a good cause, and leave with contemporary art pieces by renowned Canadian artists.

Tickets include registration for bidding, participation in silent and live auctions, live performances, hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Your attendance assists VIBE Arts in providing accessible arts education programming to children and youth in Toronto’s under-resourced communities.

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Press Release: VIBE Arts Executive and Artistic Director Triumphs, Earns role as Senior Arts Consultant of the City of Toronto

               Julie Frost is no stranger to the arts. Of her 30 years working within the Toronto Arts Sector, 16 of them were served at VIBE Arts, an award-winning arts organization that engages underserved populations across Toronto through multi-disciplinary community-engaged arts education programming. After 16 years working at VIBE Arts, she will take on the role of Senior Arts Consultant of the City of Toronto. Frost began her career at VIBE in 2002. She used her extensive experience working in the cultural sector through her work as a visual artist/arts educator at the TDSB and TCDSB, Royal Ontario Museum and the Avenue Road Arts School to earn the role of Executive and Artistic Director of VIBE Arts in 2008.
               During her 16 years, Julie’s influence and leadership propelled the organization through tremendous growth, a successful restructuring and name change. Through it all, the vision has maintained: to provide quality arts education programming to youth.


               “The thing that I will miss the most is being at ground level with the artists and communities …

                               and the reward that comes with witnessing the launch of so many careers”.


               Frost plans to continue to touch lives through her strong spirit of collaboration. This hunger for collective effort has earned her a long list of accolades. In recognition of her leadership in arts education, Frost received the Ontario Art Education Association’s 2011 Community Arts Educator of the Year Award, and in 2009 received the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People Award. Julie holds a master’s degree in Education (specializing in Arts Education and Community Development) from OISE/ University of Toronto and has served on many boards for Toronto arts organizations including Mural Routes, Arts Network for Children and Youth and is the founder of East End Arts, Toronto’s new Local Arts Service Organization.
               Julie would like to express the utmost gratitude for the generosity and spirit that so many have shown her over the years. She looks forward to strengthening existing relationships and fostering new ones in her next role.


“This career has been all-consuming, and I have loved every minute of it”.


Thank you, Julie, for sixteen years of kindness, strength and resilience.

Announcing the 2018 Recipients of #PlatformA Micro-Grants

Community partners Art Starts & Vibe Arts are pleased to present the 5th round of micro-grant recipients as a part of #PlatformA.

Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, all micro-grant recipients will benefit from a range of mentorship opportunities.

11 micro-grants of $1,000 were awarded to support youth, emerging & newcomer artists and collectives in the development and the creation of new arts projects.

Platform A is a strategic initiative developed in partnership with 

Art StartsJumblies, SKETCHCUE & Vibe Arts.

Arts for Social Justice Reflections – Krystal & Igho


The Arts for Social Justice (ASJ) program is a three-year initiative that aims to promote the arts as catalysts to tackle social issues in society. It does this through high school workshops and emerging artists residencies. Here is an artist’s experience working on an ASJ project.

Krystal Kiran and Igho Diana Itebu share their experience teaching through the ASJ program.

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Arts for Social Justice Reflections – Allison Beula

The Arts for Social Justice (ASJ) program is a three-year initiative that aims to promote the arts as catalysts to tackle social issues in society. It does this through high school workshops and emerging artists residencies. Here is an artist’s experience working on an ASJ project.

My name is Allison Beula, I am a director and choreographer, and I specialize in teaching dance and drama to youth. My work with VIBE and the Arts for Social Justice program has been incredibly rewarding, and frankly, enlightening. To be frank, I was very intimidated when I first heard about the concept, what if it was too difficult? Would students want to participate in such a weighted and serious concept? How would we be able to use art to express such serious issues in a school and youth setting? All fears were eliminated for me from the very first session I had. Having worked with multiple different groups, large, small, older, younger, I was constantly amazed by the perspective of opinions from the students, and how no project was even remotely like any other, but all were able to truly embody the idea of spreading a message, making an issue known, through art. One group, a small one, all students who were identified with special educational needs, did a group project where each one picked something important to them to speak about and make their voice heard on, then we did a group protest march, choreographed, with a unison chant, and individual “picket signs” which highlighted their chosen issue. This was successful on so many counts, it allowed each student to have an individual artistic component, a personal issue that they were passionate about, but it also allowed them to share that opinion and issue with one another, culminating in a group piece that united them all as one. What an amazing project to be a part of, I was honoured to witness it. Other projects had older students delve into a deeper side of many of the issues, more intricate questions and thoughts about how a work of art, be it visual, physical, or both, can truly make someone think, feel, experience. Seeing students faces light up with the “a ha!” moment when they realized that they created something that wasn’t a paper, wasn’t a speech, but was as effective as, if not more than, through art, to make their voice heard. No only did the student get to experience this power via art for themselves in terms of their own topic and issue choice, but sharing those pieces and projects with one another allowed so many more topics and issues and ideas and feelings to be shared and discussed through one another. This is one of the most successful, creative, and powerful project I have ever been a part of, and I am thrilled with the results.



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Looking back at Arts for Social Justice Project with Jennifer Chin

Arts for Social Justice project is funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Artist and Arts Educator Jennifer Chin shares her experience working on the Arts for Social Justice Project.

My time working with the Arts For Social Justice program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career as an artist educator. My goal with every program I lead is to support and facilitate participants in expressing their ideas through visual art. To do this through the lens of social justice and human rights was a thoroughly engaging experience and one that reminded me of why I began working as an educator in the first place.

One moment that stands out happened at the very end of one of the sessions at a high school in the west end. We were wrapping up for the day when one of the participants made an interesting directorial suggestion. After a quick discussion with the group and a unanimous vote in favour of the idea, I left and then returned the next day with the equipment we needed to begin filming. The participant was surprised and said to me, “We’re filming this? I wasn’t serious!” and I replied, “you said it, the group voted, and now it’s happening so let’s go!” After some encouragement, he reluctantly began to direct the group and as the day progressed, I watched as his confidence grew as he took charge of the filming and his suggestion ultimately became the title and the main vision for the piece.

(Collage made by Jennifer Chin)

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Polar Bears in the Arctic

On Tuesday, September 26th VIBE Arts had the pleasure of joining the the Toronto Zoo and the students and teachers of Military Trail Public School (MTPS), in the unveiling of a 50+ foot Polar bear mural, installed on the back of the Toronto Zoo’s Polar Bear Habitat.

This hand painted mural was the outcome of the teamwork, artistry and vision of the students of MTPS and the Toronto Zoo, who collectively aimed to make a difference in the lives of our world’s polar bears by spreading awareness and creating advocacy around polar bear conservation.


The project originated as an idea belonging to Toronto Zoo Wildlife Care Supervisor, Hollie Ross, who realized the impact that this artwork, and its process, could have in educating the public and future generations about polar bears and what we can do to be a part of their survival. It was important to Hollie that the community was involved in the creation of this project, to really inspire the public and especially the youth, to take on this issue. VIBE Arts was thrilled to be able to partner the Toronto Zoo with the students of MTPS to bring the mural, titled Polar Bears in the Arctic, to life.


Before creating the mural, the students of MTPS enjoyed an educational presentation led by the Toronto Zoo’s Polar Bear Keepers, and then returned to their school to combine their new understanding of arctic life with lead artist Sandra Tarantino’s vision, to create their masterpiece.

Over the course of two months, VIBE Arts worked with Sandra and 62 MTPS students, grades four through eight, in facilitated art workshops that gave many students who were newcomers to Canada, and the school, an opportunity to build relationships with other students, develop confidence as a student and artist, and learn more about Canadian species and their environments.


By painting 21 hand-painted panels depicting arctic animals and their unique habitats, the students were key players in creating change, both in design and in action, to better the lives of the Polar Bears who inspired their mural. Through this amazing partnership, the students of MTPS created a beautiful and important mural, in an art education process that they will not soon forget.

It is thanks to the community partnership between VIBE Arts, The Toronto District School Board, The Toronto Zoo and The Great-West Life Assurance Company, that zoo-goers can now take a ride on the Zoomobile and be inspired by the beautiful artwork of MTPS students mounted on the Polar Bear Habitat Exhibit, while being reminded of the extraordinary lives of our world’s arctic species.

“I didn’t think I liked art, but now I know I love it.” – Asna, Military Trail Public School Student

AEI- Bookkeeping Basics for Artists

“Do I even need to file my taxes? What can I claim as an expense? How do I account for income from various agencies?”

No need to stress too hard, as VIBE Arts will be hosting, “Basic Bookkeeping for Artists” on Thursday, March 2nd, from 6:30-9:00 PM with Jennifer Chin.

Jennifer has tonnes of lived experiential knowledge as she is a professional visual artist and educator who has worked with VIBE since 2003 and comes to this workshop with over 18 years experience being self-employed as an artist and educator.
The admission is FREE, which includes FREE food and FREE tokens to get you home.