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Call for Applicants: VIBE Arts Emerging Arts Educator Program (Toronto)

Are you interested in becoming a VIBE Arts Emerging Arts Educator?

We are currently accepting applications to grow our Emerging Artist roster! To learn more about becoming an Arts Educator, read the eligibility guidelines here.

The VIBE Arts Emerging Arts Educator Program is a tiered, skill-building mentorship program in arts education facilitation.  Individuals participate in professional development workshops and gain hands-on experience facilitating youth arts programming in under-resourced communities throughout the GTA.

  • Learn how to become an arts educator through hands-on experience
  • Get paid to teach art to children and youth
  • Gain resources, skills and support to further your artistic practice

Emerging Arts Educators earn meaningful employment opportunities to learn alongside professional art educators and lead their own programs across a variety of artistic disciplines. They also benefit from various opportunities to further their artistic career, including mentorship, workshops, arts and networking opportunities.”

For more information, please visit:

-from VIBE Arts website
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Call for Applications: 2018 Mural Project (7th Generation Image Makers, VIBE Arts)

“New 2018 Mural Project with 7th Generation Image Makers and VIBE Arts ! Indigenous youth ages 16-24 if you are interested in applying for this project please attend one of the information sessions indicated on the flyer or contact 416-969-8510 ext.4110 for more information!”

-submitted by 7th Generation Image Makers
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East York/East End Cultural Hotspot Launch Event (Toronto)

“Join us in celebration of the launch of the East York/East End Cultural Hotspot on Saturday, June 17 from 1 – 4 PM!

An afternoon of arts, culture and community on the newly renovated grounds of the East York Civic Centre. Join us for an exciting mix of dance and music performances, interactive arts activities and craft-making and community arts fair with mini galleries and pop-up booths. Enjoy delicious treats, learn a new art skill and meet the people behind some of the most creative and community-based projects in the area. This one day FREE, family-friendly event will have something for everyone, so drop by for a fun filled, festival style day celebrating the 2017 Cultural Hotspot – East York and the east end.

VIBE Arts is also participating with East York Neighbourhood Initiative in designing and creating a large scale public mural for the East York Community Centre!

Come join in the fun and visit us online at for a full listing of what the 2017 Cultural Hotspot has to offer.”

-from East End Arts newsletter
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VIBE Arts Fest (May 19-23, Toronto)

By youth, for youth: Renewing VIBE’s creative vision with the 9th annual VIBE Arts Fest: Revive the VIBE

“TORONTO, ON (May 19-23, 2017) — VIBE Arts Fest is a FREE, five-day Youth-Led Arts Festival, presented in the Young Welcome Centre at the eco-friendly and sustainable Evergreen Brickworks, showcasing young Toronto talent from a variety of VIBE Arts’ children and youth oriented programs, and the city at large. This year’s festival will also include a visual art gallery featuring artwork from VIBE Arts’ emerging artists and program participants, a performance arts showcase headlined by RISE Edutainment, a pop-up artist vendor market, as well as interactive art activities open to the public throughout the festival.

VIBE Arts Fest 2017 is an eclectic mix of transitions titled “Revive The VIBE.” This year’s festival is an exploration of a person’s journey to finding their voice, identity and truth, starting with ‘Awaken’, moving through ‘Discover’, ‘Dismantle’, and ‘Redefine’ into ‘Freedom’. Each day’s interactive programming is an invitation to explore what these themes mean personally and communally to members in the city of Toronto. Also featuring artwork created in VIBE programming across the city, VIBE Arts Fest celebrates the creativity of youth communities within the city.

Evergreen Brickworks is located at 550 Bayview. Free Shuttle buses depart from Broadview Station.

VIBE Arts Fest: Revive The VIBE is open and free to the public.

Schedule Activities and events throughout May 19th- 23rd

Visual Art Gallery (May 19-23, 2017)

The gallery exhibition will display artworks designed and created by artists such as Shawntol Drakes, Hive&Honey and Camelle Davidson along with the art produced by children and youth involved in VIBE Arts programs as well as emerging artists.

Artist Pop-up Market (May 21-22, 2017)

Over 16 different local artists and art collectives will be selling their artwork and products in the Young Welcome Centre at a special two day pop-up market! The market will run from 10 am – 4 pm on each day.

Performance Showcase (May 20, 2016)

On May 20th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, children and youth participants from VIBE Arts’ school and community programs will perform live! This year’s line-up includes hip-hop, African drumming performances by young participants from schools like Rockcliffe Middle School, and fashion showcases from VIBE’s Platform A micro-grant recipients! This year’s headlining act is RISE Edutainment! RISE – Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere, works with youth primarily in Toronto’s east end, to showcase self empowerment through the performing arts. RISE is currently nominated for the Arts for Youth Award by the Toronto Arts Foundation.

To learn more about RISE, please visit

About VIBE Arts

VIBE Arts is an award-winning charitable organization that is committed to engaging young people living in neighbourhood improvement areas with high-quality, accessible arts educational programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. VIBE Arts positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors. To learn more, please visit or call us at 416-929-9314.

About VIBE Arts Fest

VIBE Arts Fest is a youth-led festival that celebrates the artistic skill and impact of Toronto’s young people and emerging artists. The 2017 festival is organized and run by a volunteer youth committee of six people, many of whom are artists themselves. VIBE Arts Fest is the continuation of an annual event previously known as BIG BAM BOOM. This transformation launches a rebirth and new vision for the festival to maintain its original values of positive impact for VIBE Arts’ program participants and bridging communities, while also expanding its audience and engagement.

VIBE Arts youth performers and families look forward to the festival each year. To learn more about the VIBE Art’s Fest and the VAF Volunteer Youth Committee, please visit Contact us via or by phone at 416-929-9314.

We honour and acknowledge the original caretakers of this land: Mississaugas of New Credit and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.”

-submitted by VIBE Arts
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Gardiner Museum Launches New Interactive Community Arts Space (Toronto)


Museum partners with local cultural groups for a full summer of community-engaged arts

“This summer, the Gardiner Museum is opening up its exhibition hall to five community partners who will animate the space with interactive workshops, exhibitions, art making, and experimental theatre: Akin Projects, South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Crazy Dames, UnSpun Theatre, and VIBE Arts.

Through an open call, community groups were invited to “Make It Real” by proposing projects inspired by the tangibility and authenticity of clay, and that encourage hands-on public engagement. Visitors will be able to take part in everything from blanket fort-building and clay making, to silkscreening and walking tours of the neighbourhood, most of which are being offered to the public for free.

The Community Arts Space will draw new audiences to the Museum and allow summer tourists to experience the diversity of Toronto’s cultural scene.

“The new Community Arts Space offers local cultural organizations a platform to present their work to a broader public and the opportunity to draw attention to some of our city’s most important social issues, including the experiences of new citizens and the quality of our urban environment,” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner Museum. “So many smaller cultural organizations don’t have the space or the funds to present their work to the public. The Make It Real Project aims to address this shortage by using the Gardiner’s resources and position in the community to broaden and enrich the local cultural landscape.”

A series of artist residencies throughout the project’s two-month run, in addition to offering local artists the chance to experiment and share their work with a wider audience, will highlight the creative process and bridge the gap between the artist and the public.

The Community Arts Space launches with a special reception on June 28 from 5 to 8 pm, where the partners will be on hand to introduce their projects. Guests will also be able to interact with Akin Projects’ PLACE/SETTING installation inspired by Judy Chicago’s iconic work, The Dinner Party. Media wishing to attend should RSVP to Rachel Weiner, Communications Coordinator, or 416.408.5062.

The Community Arts Space: Make It Real Project runs from June 28 to September 1, 2016. Learn more about the individual events below or visit for full details.

June 28 to July 8

Akin Projects, an arts organization that provides public programming around Toronto, will deliver a series of all-ages clay-making workshops and community events. Drawing inspiration from Judy Chicago’s iconic work The Dinner Party, visitors will interact with ceramics in a more social, contemporary way. Contemporary ceramists will lead workshops with visitors in which they will create a functional object. As they are created and prepared for display, the works will slowly set the table for a community celebration and active installation. The walls of the space will be covered to create a living sketchbook that documents the project and the planning of each unique piece. The closing event will be a community celebration for all of the participants where visitors will be allowed to share and trade the tableware created, reinterpreting the value placed on functional objects.

Transforming Muslim women’s experience of stigma and discrimination into creative expressions to bring forth acceptance and respect.
July 19 to 24

This project explores the impact of stigma and racialized discrimination on Muslim women’s identities and well-being. The South Riverdale Community Health Centre, a community-based organization that offers primary health care services and health promotion programs to a diverse community, worked with two generations of Muslim women, inviting them to share their stories and helping them transform their individual experiences into forms of artistic expression. These first-time artists will display their work in the gallery as a means of sparking dialogue and promoting acceptance within the broader community.

July 25 to August 5

We Built This City is a playful way to engage diverse communities in animating, changing and improving our everyday experiences. Over the course of the two weeks, Crazy Dames will work with participants to create a scale version of the neighbourhood, build forts, and engage in walkshops, as a way to reimagine our public spaces. The program coincides with the City of Toronto Planning Division’s TO CORE initiative, a study that looks at using growth in Toronto’s Downtown to make the city a great place to live, work, learn, play and invest.

Crazy Dames is a collaboration between Jennie Suddick, a visual artist/educator, and Sara Udow, an urban/community/cultural planner. As an ode to Jane Jacobs, the seminal urban theorist who was often dismissed as a ‘crazy dame’ by male counterparts, Jennie and Sara use the artist’s studio as an experimental lab to test Jacobs’ ideas: her focus on people and her tradition of fostering tactical and collaborative approaches to city building.

August 11 to 20

In All The Things I’ve Lost, Shira Leuchter will revisit significant objects that have been lost throughout her life, alongside her mother, a ceramist, who will reinvent, recreate, and honour these lost childhood objects by re-making them out of clay. An exhibit and performance piece, All The Things I’ve Lost questions how physical objects hold memories and how we pass on stories from generation to generation through the things we have kept and preserved. UnSpun Theatre has been creating original award- winning contemporary performance in Toronto since 2004.

August 22 to 26, August 29 to September 1

Shaping the Real is a collaborative project by eight artists working in pairs to create new multi-disciplinary works that explore how to make the creative process real and engaging for audiences. The works developed during the residencies will be shared publicly at the Gardiner and will reflect the community’s rich stories. VIBE’s mission is to engage young people living in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods in high quality and accessible arts educational programs that are meaningful, relevant, and collaboratively developed with community and education partners.

August 22 to 26
From the Earth

Portrait with Sandra Tarantino and Andrenne Finnikin: The artists will create a large-scale relief portrait using recycled and found materials, engaging the public to contribute to the piece by drawing and mark making with handmade natural dyes.

Circles with Pamela Schuller and May Chook: The public will participate in the co-creation of woven, sculptural visual installations, as well as singing, storytelling, and movement that responds to the collection.

August 29 to September 1
Behind the Scenes 

Lost and Found with Jennifer Chin and Amanda Foulds: An exploration of ownership and authenticity through the creation of a narrative photo exhibit of the museum’s lost and found.

Surface with Dara Gellman and Fitzroy Facey: Using portrait photography and projection to represent the invisible community that exists in and around the museum.

The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics and engages local and international audiences by promoting understanding of the long history of people crafting in clay. The Museum stewards a highly important collection, connecting visitors to the fundamental role of ceramics in many cultures throughout history, and offers special temporary displays, many highlighting the relevancy of ceramics to contemporary life.

The permanent collection comprises approximately 4,000 objects, and focuses on specific areas which have been collected in depth. These include the most important collection of European porcelain in Canada, with particular strengths in Meissen, Vienna, and Hausmaler decorated porcelain, as well as a comprehensive collection of figures inspired by the commedia dell’arte. The Gardiner holds the best collection of Italian Renaissance maiolica in Canada, and a superb collection of English tin-glazed pottery. It preserves highly significant collections of ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese blue and white porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary Canadian ceramics. The Gardiner is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. For more information, please visit:

-submitted by VIBE Arts

Call for Emerging Indigenous Youth Artist: Artist Assistant role for Intergenerational Community Mural Project (VIBE Arts, Toronto)

Get Involved! Be Creative! Learn New Skills! Calling all First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth!

VIBE Arts is looking for an Emerging Indigenous Artist to work on a summer mural project under the guidance of a professional artist.

Arts Assistant — Bendale Acres Intergenerational Community Mural Project: 1 position available
Location: Bendale Acres Long Term Care, 2920 Lawrence Ave East, Scarborough / VIBE Arts, 401 Richmond St West, Suite 230, Toronto
Day/Time: Monday–Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (occasional evenings may be required
Dates: July 4 – August 12, 2016
Rate of Pay: $13 / hour

Interested applicants are invited to send a resume and cover letter by June 17, 2016 to the attention of Erin Glover
Questions? 416–929–9314 x 111

VIBE Arts works collaboratively with children and youth in under–resourced communities to innovate, build skills and resiliency, and lead social change through arts education programming.

Job Description
Under supervision of VIBE Staff and the Lead Artist, the Arts Assistant will perform entry–level work in the painting, finishing, and site maintenance of the Bendale acres intergenerational mural project. The Arts Assistant will work alongside lead muralists to support the painting and installation of this large–scale piece. In the spirit of collaboration, skill development, and knowledge exchange, the Arts Assistant will have the opportunity to advance their skills under the direction of experienced artists, and contribute to the creation of a public art piece.

Job Tasks
• Participate in the mural’s design review process, offering assistance and advice on materials, designs, and colour. Manage art materials, tools including the carrying of materials. Assist with preparation and painting. Participate in an evaluation process of mural project. Make connections with stakeholders, residents, to promote the mural project and create good–will.

• Adhere to VIBE Arts’ code of conduct and social justice and equity guidelines.

Requirements for Position
Applicants must be registered students returning to school in the fall. Knowledge of different art forms. Interest in learning about the arts, mural design, and mural creation and/or interest in community development. Experience in arts programming is an asset.

Training Provided by VIBE Arts

The Arts Assistant will be mentored and supervised by Lead Artists and VIBE Staff. They will learn the process of creating a large–scale, public art mural with community collaboration and input. Health and Safety training, as it relates to large–scale art projects, will be provided.

VIBE Arts is thankful for support from the Canada Summer Jobs program. Supported by the Canada Employment Student Jobs Program”

-submited by VIBE Arts
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Showing the work of 50+ Toronto Arts Council micro-grantees from this year’s Platform A (Toronto)

“In 2016, Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, VIBE Arts, SKETCH and CUE collaborated to provide over $65,000 in grants to support the production of community-engaged and individual projects by artists who are often underrepresented in mainstream arts and culture. This collaboration, called Platform A, is a strategic initiative of the Toronto Arts Council dedicated to fostering a new generation in community-engaged arts.

The Ground Floor – Showing the work of 50+ Toronto Arts Council micro-grantees from this year’s Platform A. For a full list of artists supported, please visit:

Reception: June 23, 7 – 11pm
Gallery hours: June 24 – 27, 12pm – 4pm
Venue is fully accessible
Washrooms are gender-neutral
Admission is free, everyone is welcome!”

-submitted by Art Starts
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VIBE Arts Fest (June 8-11, Toronto)


“What’s Your Vibe? A Celebration for Creatives

The festival is free and open to all!

Showcasing VIBE Arts programs & celebrating Toronto’s next generation of artists! ! !

VIBE Arts Fest brings VIBE Arts’ program participants and artists from all over Toronto together to share creative energy, artistic skill, and community. Experience visual arts exhibitions, art activities, and performances from VIBE Arts’ children and youth participants, emerging artists, and Platform A micro-grant recipients.

June 8-11, 2016
Presented at the Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas St E #120″

-submited by VIBE Arts
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ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series #3: Recipe to Support Artists Working in Communities


ArtBridges Tips & Tools: Recipe to Support Artists Working in Communities
ArtBridges, VIBE Arts | Canada wide | 2016
Julie Frost

A recipe to support artists working in communities. Created by Julie Frost of VIBE Arts, includes tips on safety, policies, collaboration, roles and responsibilities, hiring, documentation, and organizational values. Recommended for organizations who work with community artists.

Julie Frost has dedicated her career to raising social awareness through the arts. She is the Executive and Artistic Director of VIBE Arts (formerly Arts for Children and Youth), an innovative arts education organization that engages young people in Toronto’s under-resourced communities using arts education programming. For 28 years, Frost has worked collaboratively with schools and social agencies across Toronto. Julie holds a master’s degree in Education and in recognition of her leadership in arts education, received the Ontario Art Education Association’s 2011 Community Arts Educator of the Year Award, and in 2009 she received the Toronto Community Foundation’s 2009 Vital People Award. Learn more about Julie’s work at

Click here for the full ArtBridges Tips & Tools: Recipe to Support Artists Working in Communities. For more FREE resources and tools like this, please visit the ArtBridges Resource Portal or reach Skye Louis, ArtBridges Info Resource Developer at To learn more about VIBE Arts, please visit

Recipe to Support Artists Working in Communities was written by Julie Frost and compiled by Skye Louis.
The 2016 ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Content and photo courtesy of VIBE Arts

Platform A announces the recipients of 2016 Toronto Arts Council micro-grants


Platform A partner organizations Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, SKETCH and CUE, and VIBE Arts, are pleased to announce the recipients of new arts grants made possible through City Council’s increase in investment to the Toronto Arts Council. This initiative has for the last three years, put grants of up to $1,000 into the hands of underrepresented, marginalized, and newcomer artists and collectives to develop new projects.

This cycle saw 149 funding submissions to Platform A partner organizations. The successful 77 grant recipients will be working on a diverse range of projects such as creating murals with women’s shelter residents, installing piñatas in public spaces across Scarborough, creating an arts-based writing workshop series to engage black youth who live with various forms of disability/chronic illness, and dozens of individual fine arts projects spanning every artistic discipline. These grants are significant as they represent support for artists who have been historically excluded from conventional arts opportunities, and artists who have not previously been able to access funding for their work. Platform A provides high-access systems for these artists to apply for funding, and the opportunity comes with intensive mentorship throughout the process of developing proposals, producing projects, and connecting with future opportunities after grant period.

“We are happy to be in a position to increase access to arts funding for newcomer and community-based artists through the Platform A initiative,” says Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO of the Toronto Arts Council. “We extend our warmest congratulations to each of the recipients.”

The following artists received grants through this cycle of the Platform A funding program:

The works of Platform A grant recipients will be featured at a group arts exhibition in the summer of 2016.

Platform A is collaboration between Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, SKETCH and CUE, and VIBE Arts. These organizations have all emerged from grassroots initiatives to become key community builders in Toronto’s arts sector, engaging thousands of children, young people and adults annually through diverse and accessible programming.

About Partner Organizations:
VIBE Arts is an award-winning organization whose mandate is to engage young people living in priority neighbourhoods in high-quality, accessible arts educational programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. VIBE Arts positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering marginalized children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors.

Art Starts
Art Starts is an award-winning charitable, not-for-profit organization that uses the arts as a vehicle to encourage social change in Toronto’s underserved neighbourhoods. Bringing professional artists and communities together to work across all artistic disciplines, Art Starts combines the best practices of hands-on community consultation with a collaborative art- making approach and sound organizational and administrative support.

Jumblies Theatre
In operation for over ten years, Jumblies is an inclusive and community-focused theatre company offering multi-year residencies, studio training, mentorships, and innovative collaborative projects. Jumblies is an award-winning organization increasingly cited as a pioneering and inspirational example of art that embraces and intertwines aesthetics with social engagement.

SKETCH is a nationally recognized, award-winning community arts enterprise based in Toronto engaging young people living homeless and on the margins, ages 16-29, coming from across Canada. SKETCH creates equitable opportunities for diverse young people to experience the transformative power of the arts, build leadership in the arts and cultivate environmental and social change through the arts.

A collaborative partner of SKETCH, CUE is a radical arts initiative dedicated to supporting new generation artists who live and work on the margins. Since 2008, CUE has disseminated over $250,000 to support the creation of more than 260 art projects.

Toronto Arts Council, an arm’s length body of the City of Toronto, funds artists and arts organizations across the city through its grants programs. In 2015 Toronto Arts Council reviewed over 2300 grant applications and awarded grants totalling $16 million to 950 individual artists and organizations.
Toronto Arts Council contact:, 416 392 6802 x 211″

-submitted by Art Starts
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