[Featured Image: NExT artist Nailah Ramcharan-Gibbs performing her piece mettle demonstrated (the uncommon woman), 2021. Photo by Ohonsi Films.]
VIBE Arts launched an art exhibit showcasing young Black artists as a virtual and outdoor exhibit.
VIBE Arts is a charitable arts organization that has been supporting artists and making arts education accessible to those who need it since 1995. Since March 2020, they have moved their activities online to keep supporting their creators and inspiring their arts community. On March 25th 2021, they launched the second reprise of their NexT: The Future of Art Exhibition, first presented in March 2020. It will be displayed virtually and at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts until May 11th.
VIBE Arts also created NexT which is an acronym for Network and Explore Together. They developed this program to build and harness connections between Black artists in Toronto, and this network is the basis for their Black Youth Mentorship Program. The Future of Art 2.0 celebrates works by artists who participated in that program in 2021.
Aside from their virtual art exhibit, VIBE Arts have been offering several virtual events to support their community throughout this pandemic. Some of their VIBE artists have been hosting art-making lessons on Zoom called VIBE Bloom – they also offer private sessions for family or staff bonding activities. Their IGTV is home to their VIBE Makers video series, of artist lessons, performances and art-making activities. It is also home to their craft tutorial videos, DIYVibes, made with limited resources and up-cycled materials and goods.