viBe provides girls (ages 13-19) and young women (ages 18-24) in New York City with free, high quality artistic, academic, and leadership opportunities. viBe works to empower underserved girls to write, perform and produce original theater, video and music about the real-life issues they face daily. viBe's performing arts and leadership programs provide the platform for participants to "speak truth to power" by creating an artistic response to the world around them. viBe engages over 350 girls & young women (ages 13-24) through 6 free, after school programs, while also reaching over 600 NYC public school students & 2,000 audience members. viBe exists to provide underser... read more viBe provides girls (ages 13-19) and young women (ages 18-24) in New York City with free, high quality artistic, academic, and leadership opportunities. viBe works to empower underserved girls to write, perform and produce original theater, video and music about the real-life issues they face daily. viBe's performing arts and leadership programs provide the platform for participants to "speak truth to power" by creating an artistic response to the world around them. viBe engages over 350 girls & young women (ages 13-24) through 6 free, after school programs, while also reaching over 600 NYC public school students & 2,000 audience members. viBe exists to provide underserved teenage girls and young women with free, high quality arts programming, opportunities for civic engagement, a platform to amplify their voices, and the opportunity to develop the leadership and advocacy skills to address the societal issues that affect them most. viBe began in 2002 with a group of eight girls who wrote and performed a play about issues important to them: misogynoir, domestic violence, homophobia, social and economic justice, police brutality, and more.15 years later, viBe is an experienced leader in the field at delivering its unique pedagogy grounded in devised theater, centered in racial and gender justice frameworks and dedicated to placing girls at the helm of the decision-making process. This fiscal year viBe seeks resources to provide comprehensive empowerment, leadership and employment programs for youth interested in the arts, with a focus on serving systems involved girls and young women of color: 1. Accessibility: viBe will make its curricula more accessible to systems-involved youth by holding residencies within the institutional structures that viBeGirls navigate daily. viBe is confirmed to host residencies at the Nicholas Scoppetta Children's Center in Manhattan with Administration for Children's Services and at the Rosie Singer Center on Rikers Island. viBe will also pilot "viBe Out," a new program designed for trans and gender fluid youth, headed by viBe's Trans/GNC Program Director, Ianne Fields Stewart. 2. Opportunity: An essential element to viBe's pedagogy is investing in the professional development opportunities outside of viBe's programmatic hours and within our pre-professional programs: At viBe, we believe that artistic experience outside of rehearsal can be just as crucial to the creative process as the curriculum conducted within it. Our Executive Director's motto is, "Take a girl everywhere you go"-and she does! In the last year viBe attended conferences, performed and facilitated workshops centered on our approach to arts activism in New York City, and beyond. In January 2018, viBeCompany performed for a class of 5th graders at Harlem Village Academy In February 2018, viBe staff and participants gave testimony at a New York City Council hearing on "Art as Resistance in Trump's America" to the Committee on Cultural Affairs and performed at "Generation Now!" as part of the 2018 Poetic Theater License Festival. In March 2018, viBe performed and participated in the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable's "Day of Learning on Equity and Inclusion". In April 2018, viBe participated in the, "Phenomenal Women: Girls Doing Activism" Panel at Hunter College, hosted U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke for the Internet Association's "Crown Heights Internet Crawl," and performed and presented at the NYU Steinhardt School's Forum on "Performance as Activism". viBeGirls helped test a new app/social media platform called Maverick before traveling to Los Angeles to present at the launch event, MaverickLive. And viBe's Development Professional was also invited to attend a series of monthly workshops called the Breakfast Club hosted by Cause Effective at The Foundation Center! In May 2018, vIBe helped workshops and performed at both the "More Than Just Sex Conference" at St Francis College, the "Bates Conference" at Bates College. viBeGirls also attended a private class at Sephora Stands' "Classes for Confidence" and the New York Women Foundation's "Celebrate Women"" Breakfast In June 2018, viBe held a workshop and performance at the "Community Celebration for Camille A. Brown and Dancers," and performed at the 3rd Annual "Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Walk (CBACW)". viBe Board, staff and alumna were also invited to attend the 2018 "Women Serving Women" Summit at the Omega Institute In July 2018, viBe traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for a one-week residency with Humanity in Action, where they were invited to perform Through Our Eyes: A Black Girl's Perspective 3. Diversity: As noted in the 2016 NYC Cultural Affairs survey on diversity within the leadership of the cultural sector in NYC, "New York City's cultural workforce is 61.8 percent white, 35.4 percent minority groups, and 53.1 percent female, while the city's residents are 33 percent white and 52 percent female." Moreover, the study found that less than 35% of arts organizations were led by people of color, and only a fraction by women of color. viBe seeks to fill the void of diversity in arts leadership by hiring and training viBe alumna or young women of color as teaching artists. We are aware of the lack of diversity within the field, and we want to model an alternate way of growing as an organization by hiring young women to work for viBe and providing networks with our partner organizations: including: Truthworker Theatre Company, Theatre of the Oppressed, Groundswell Community Arts Mural Partnership, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, SPARK Summit, HERE Arts Center, JACK, Irondale Theater, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, etc.
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