VIBE Arts connects artist educators of a wide range of artistic disciplines (from film, beatboxing, murals to fashion, drumming and dance) with local communities in our Outreach Programs, that feature both school and community-based programs (in shelters, hospitals, community centres, libraries, public housing, parks and storefronts) as well as festivals and events that engage the general public. We work with youth through our Mentorship Programs in linked and scaffolded educational initiatives that include art education, training programs, arts festivals and youth-led initiatives.
VIBE Arts builds sustainable localized partnerships and leverages the artistic agency of young people to collaboratively develop and implement meaningful, innovative and impactful hands-on arts education programs for children and youth who identify with the margins.
VIBE Arts provides free programming in schools, shelters, libraries, Aboriginal agencies, youth centres, and public housing for children and youth from 3 to 29 years of age.
Our reach are in communities throughout Toronto and the GTA is significant. Our Toronto reach can be seen at our youth-led festival VIBE Arts Fest. We were fortunate to reach regionally with projects like Welcome 41 for the Pan AM Games of 2015, even deeper into Toronto with NBA All-Star games in 2016, and this year for the first time ever nationally for Canada’s 150th birthday.
The education provided is not only limited to high-quality Multidisciplinary Art Programs.
We offer civic participation in programs such as Arts for Social Justice.
Mentorship opportunities through Professional Development, and artist residencies.
Experiential Learning for youth artists, with participants, and community.
We work collaboratively directly with schools and the communities we do our programming occurs. In our corporate partnerships we engage new audiences deeply in the work we do. We work closely with youth in the decision-making of programming through our Youth Advisory Council.