Guest Speaker: Julie Frost, Executive and Artistic Director of VIBE Arts

 

Julie Frost, Executive and Artistic Director of VIBE Arts, spoke passionately about the work of VIBE Arts and its 20 year history of engaging with youth on the margins through art. VIBE Arts collaborates with over 70 plus organizations and projects are tailored to the specific interests and needs of the various organizations which include shelters, schools, detention centres, public housing, hospitals, etc.

 
The program is focused on skill development and leadership skills via art education. Their work is built around 4 pillars: accessibility (free and flexible to the target groups); collaboration (participants learn to work with others); education (programs facilitated by professional artists); and outreach (emphasis on presence in the communities where they work).
 
Julie described the current collaborative project, sponsored by Rotary Forest Hill and Rotary Toronto Eglinton, which aims to have indigenous students develop murals for placement in two subway stations to promote the 2018 Rotary International Conference. The murals will stay in place for two months after the conference and will be good publicity for Rotary.
 
Recently VIBE Arts organized a project on “150+ Reasons Why We Love Canada”—murals from that project have recently been seen on the TTC as well as being seen across Canada. (One of their supporters is Pattison Advertising which places ads on the TTC and elsewhere.)  VIBE Arts has been rated number the number one arts education society by the Ontario Arts Council.
 
 
David C-S presented Julie with RTE’s contribution of $2500 for this project. This amount will be matched by Rotary Forest Hill.

 

Paul Harris Award

 
Barb presented Miriam Rogers with a Paul Harris Award. This award was established in 1957 in honour of Paul Harris who founded Rotary in 1907. It is awarded in recognition of a voluntary contribution of US$1,000 to the Rotary Foundation, or in whose name that amount is contributed recognizing their community or humanitarian contributions.  Miriam was presented with a pin and certificate which identifies her as an advocate of the Foundation’s goals of world peace and international understanding.