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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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Outside Looking In’s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Performance (ON)

“Over 70 Indigenous youth will take to the stage!

Please join Outside Looking In for their 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Performance on Thursday May 18th 2017, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto!

Click here to purchase tickets! (Enter VOLTO as a promo code to purchase tickets at a discounted price)”

For more information, please visit Outside Looking In

-from Outside Looking In website
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Outside Looking In: 10th Anniversary Annual Student Matinee (Toronto)


“FREE Student Matinee Performance!
Over 70 Indigenous youth will take to the stage!

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary Extravaganza
on Thursday May 18th, 2016
we are proud to be offering FREE tickets again on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please see brochure above for details, and submit your registration form to us to reserve your tickets before it is too late!”

For more information, please visit Outside Looking In

-from Outside Looking In website
Read Outside Looking In’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Program Highlight: Community Heartbeat (BluePrintForLife & BluePrint Pathways)


“BluePrintForLife has now delivered over 120 projects in over 50 communities receiving national and international awards and recognition as a healing program. We have some exciting news ! Blueprint has developed a new mental health program to re-engage communities we have visited in the past, and engage youth who were to young to attend our program previously.

We will still deliver our flagship week intensive where we become the replacement school for a week, but we will not only employ traditional cultural elements but we will be designing a full community show incorporating, dance, stomping and drumming.

blueprint-troysextonWe are excited to highlight Troy Sexton who has toured the world in the musical Stomp and is currently the official bucket drummer for the Toronto Raptors basketball team. We will be creating a customized community show that represents elements reflective of each unique community we visit. We will be asking communities to lend things like oil drums, snowmobiles, canoes, kayaks, Kamitiks etc which will all help create the unique stage design the youth will be interacting with.

When we need a break from stomping, drumming and cultural activities we will be engaging the youth on topics that you want Blueprint to address such as bullying, drugs and alcohol, abuse, suicide, managing anger and healing paths. We will also be introducing meditation, journaling, and spoken word during the week.

Teachers, social workers, police, elders, recreation coordinators, and school counselors are strongly encouraged to attend as this is guaranteed to be amazing professional development and training for them, creating deeper relationships within the community.


All of this will be filmed and a short video produced of the week and final show so the community can relive the pride, passion and hope. This program typically takes place from 9 am to 5 pm each day from Monday to Friday with the final night show being Friday evening.

Blueprint is looking at numerous funding opportunities to help subsidize our new program so that communities will not need to bear all of the cost. We are asking communities to send us a simple one page letter stating you are excited to look at Blueprint returning and engaging your youth on a range of mental health issues with this unique healing program. We will use these letters to assist in our search for funding.

Email if you are interested in having “Community Heartbeat“ come to your community. Mental Health letters of recommendation are available upon request.
We look forward to returning to your community, seeing old friends, and creating new ones.”

-submitted by BluePrintForLife

Request for Proposals: Youth Empowerment & Support Services Artist in Residence (Edmonton)

Artist in Residence 2017 – Request for Proposals
Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS)

“The Edmonton Arts Council is inviting artists residing in Edmonton to submit a proposal to become the artist-in-residence hosted by the Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS).

The successful artist will commence duties in the spring of 2017, for an anticipated eight-month period (terms negotiable/flexible).

YESS is an Edmonton-based not-for-profit agency dedicated to empowering youth from difficult realities. Since 1981 they have helped to fill the gap in government services for youth ages 15-24. The youth who utilize the services at YESS come from varied cultures, economic backgrounds, races, religions, communities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. The YESS main office is located at 9310- 82 Avenue, and they provide services at other locations in the City, including the Conaught Armoury in Old Strathcona.

The artist-in-residence will develop a body of work while interacting with the staff and the youth at YESS. The artist will ideally reflect their residency experience through their work, and mentor the artistic interaction and expression of interested youth and staff members. The artist is expected to be visible in their artistic work, and will produce and present several public showings of work over the course of the project.

The available studio space is similar to an office, and other transient workspaces for the residency are potentially available. This opportunity is likely best suited for candidates who practice in a combination of visual art and other forms, such as storytelling, media art, photography or similar. Small scale sculptural work is possible.

This is a near-full-time opportunity, with the artist expected to commit to regular working hours over the course of approximately eight months. Final schedules are subject to negotiation.

A panel that includes representatives of Edmonton’s arts community, the Edmonton Arts Council and from YESS will review the proposals and select the artist-in-residence following an interview process. Emphasis will be placed on finding an individual with strong artistic work, the potential to succeed in producing a strong body of artwork in the available space/time, and solid interpersonal skills.

Additional factors may influence the choice of artist, such as experience working with youth, with marginalized communities, or with non-artists generally. The Edmonton Arts Council is committed to equity in all aspects of its work, and invites proposals from all interested artists.”

For more information about this call and how to apply, please visit:
Deadline is February 1st, so please apply ASAP!

-submitted by Edmonton Arts Council

Art Starts Annual Showcase (Dec 7, Toronto)

Art Starts Annual Showcase 2016
Art Starts celebrates its 2016 season with an art exhibit and performance extravaganza

“Award winning community arts organization Art Starts is proud to present its 2016 Showcase on Wednesday, December 7th, from 6pm-8pm at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. This free event features an open house, visual art, music and dance performances.

The event will celebrate city wide collaborations between artists and community members working in a variety of artistic disciplines. The Showcase unites people of all ages who have participated in Art Starts programs in the Eglinton-Oakwood, Villaways, Lawrence Heights and Glendower neighbourhoods in North York and Scarborough.

“I am very excited and invite you all to attend this unique exhibition,” says Special Projects Manager Julian Carvajal, “you will have the opportunity to connect, interact and experience the vibrant streets of our neighbourhoods”.

The evening will feature:

● Original music performances and testimonials by youth from the “Next Up” music program
● Youth from Lawrence Heights “Free the Streets” program present spoken word statements relating to themes of displacement, revitalization and gentrification
● Young artists from “ASAP” (After School Arts Program) showcase 3 skits and an original song
● “Learn the Bassics” children and youth will perform a bass rendition of their (surprise!) song of choice
● “Program Without Walls” mothers will perform a Flamenco Bellydance fusion under the guidance of award-winning dancer Anjelica Scannura
● A slide show featuring photography by our “True HeaART” youth participants
● A dance piece will be performed by Villaways participants who are experiencing the realities of displacement as their community is torn down and rebuilt
● Fashion displays by youth from “Kut x Sew” fashion program
● Live testimonials by artists and participants from a wide range of programs

“The Showcase will feature an abundance of talent, grass-roots collaboration and inspiring creativity”, says Art Starts Interim Executive Director Tamara Haberman.

Art Starts is a charitable organization that has been bringing professional artists and underserved communities together in community-building arts programs for over 23 years. They are the winners of Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2013 Arts for Youth Award.

WHO: Art Starts
WHAT: 2016 Program Showcase
WHEN: Wednesday December 7th, 2015. 6-8pm.
WHERE: Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, North York

For more information, please visit or contact Program Director:”

Video: Youth Explore Potential Solutions to Barriers in Their Lives (Youth Agencies Alliance)

Youth Explore Potential Solutions to Barriers in Their Lives

Youth Agencies Alliance (YAA) has come together once again to host an art show with the intention of helping youth explore belonging, urban & world issues, and human rights from a positive perspective.

Artists from Art City, Graffiti Art Programming and North End Art Centre (Ndinawe) facilitated a series of workshops with over 130 participants from the 18 youth-serving organizations across the city that make up the Youth Agencies Alliance. In these workshops we asked youth to discuss barriers in their lives, and they have created artwork and a unique hashtag reflecting their ideas for solutions to breaking down these barriers. We hope that by being part of this project, youth will feel empowered and become actively engaged in discussions within their own communities.

[An exhibition Aug.23-26 launched] the videos and artwork youth made to go along with their hashtags. These videos and art pieces will continue to circulate online throughout the campaign and serve as a topic and inspiration for other youth and the general public. We hope that the campaign will take off and serve to connect youth from many regions of the world and for them to come together to discuss the notion of ‘breaking barriers’ and affecting social change.”

-from Youth Agencies Alliance

Canada Council for the Arts: Elder & Youth Legacy Program Funding, Deadline Nov.15


Program Description
Through this program, Aboriginal arts organizations can help Elders pass on the many art forms being practiced to the next generation.

The program will also increase the Canada Council’s capacity to serve Aboriginal Elders of this country, giving them opportunities to work with youth and pass on their legacy of artistic practice.

Generally, projects should be designed as follows; the organization will choose the Elder who will work with their youth. That Elder will then help to decide the number of young people he or she will work with, and will help to select them.

Strong applications will demonstrate a clear link between the Elders, participants, the artistic practice being shared, and the expenses to be covered by the grant.

15 November, 2016

Grant Amount
You may request up to $20,000.

Eligible Applicants
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants speak to the program officer to confirm their eligibility before submitting their application.

Organizations applying to this program must be Aboriginal or have Aboriginal artists as a majority of their members. These artists must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when the organization applies.

The organization’s artistic direction must also be provided by Aboriginal artists of Canada. At least 51 %of the directors on their board must be Aboriginal people, and one of these directors must sign the application.

The Canada Council defines Aboriginal peoples as First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

Organizations must show an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal arts. The organization must show that the Elder and Aboriginal youth participants have helped to develop the project outline, goals and objectives, and that they have set a timeline that works for them.

Ineligible Applicants
First Nations Band Councils
Educational Institutions (schools, universities)

Further Information
Noël Habel
Program Officer
Aboriginal Arts Office
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4178
TTY: 1-866-585-5559″

More info at:

Posted with permission from Noël Habel

Resilient Hearts Project: Explore the 7 Grandfather Teachings through zine & mobile creation (Thunder Bay, ON)


“Join artist Betty Carpick at the Evergreen A United Neighbourhood house (139 Heron Street) from 4-6pm this Thursday for a free workshop for youth! Betty will be exploring the seven grandfather teachings through zine and mobile creation! Part of CAHEP’s Resilient Hearts Project, funded through Ontario Arts Council’s Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.”

About Resilient Hearts:
“Resilient Hearts is a community-driven art project fueled by the strengths and stories of people in Thunder Bay.

Through inclusive arts programming, participants in under-represented neighbourhoods of Thunder Bay will explore and self-define topics related to sexual violence including: Resilience/Strength, Healthy Relationships, Boundaries, and Self-care.

These definitions will become the roots of artist-run community workshops with each neighbourhood. Art workshops will include (but are not limited to): visual art, spoken/written word, illustration, poetry, photography, DIY culture (zine-making), and storytelling.

Creations will be compiled into the Resilient Hearts Book, to be published in March 2017.

Community Partners: Evergreen a United Neighbourhood, Faye Peterson House, Community Action Group, Thunder Bay & Area Victim Services.

Participating artists:
Barbara Benwell –  Visual Arts
Ma-Nee Chacaby – Elder, Storytelling
Jayal Chung –  Visual Arts, Written & Spoken Word
Carol Kajorinne – Visual Arts
Michelle Richmond-Saravia – Indigenous Knowledge, Writing, Storytelling”

Upcoming workshops:
Thursday, October 20th 4-6pm
Thursday, October 27th 4-6pm
Thursday, November 3rd 4-6pm”

Visit CAHEP’s Facebook page for updates.

Posted with permission from Alana Forslund, CAHEP
Read Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP)’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map