Dear viBe friends,

viBe Theater Experience depends on the strong support of foundations and government grants to ensure we can provide provides underserved girls (ages 13-19) with free artistic, leadership and academic opportunities. Like any non-profit organization, however, we also rely on the generous support of individuals to help us meet our mission.

This spring, viBe is thrilled to launch its first Membership Drive. We have created new vehicles of giving that allow you to support our girls and our work. New Season Tickets mean you can attend all of our viBe shows for a single price, annually. Not only will you get to see the fruit of our girls’ hard work, you will also provide viBe with the critical resources needed to make these shows happen!

For those supporters who are looking to make a significant impact each year, we also have Underwriting Opportunities. These major gift options are a great way to help viBe offset some of its most important costs – ones without which we could not serve our girls.

The Spring Membership Drive runs through June 30th. We look forward to hosting events, including our Membership Drive Kickoff reception followed by the production of viBe Stages: The Skin I'm In, scheduled for May 17th. We hope to see you there!

In the meantime, you are invited to make your gift and become a member here! It is never too soon to start helping us serve our girls and our mission.

For more information, please contact me at toya@vibetheater.org.

viBraciously yours,
Toya Lillard
viBe Executive Director

Join viBe
"The Skin I'm In" viBeStages, spring 2015
Sunday, May 17 / 4 PM Performance / 5:30 PM VIP Reception
BUY TICKETS HERE!

Membership Drive Closing Reception and viBe Awards
Announcing the first of ever viBe Alumna Awards and featuring a special performance from viBe girls
Time and Location details, TBA

Membership
$50 viBe Member
Season Tickets for all viBe shows
$150 viBe VIP Member
Season Tickets for all viBe shows and VIP Receptions
BECOME A MEMBER!

Underwriting
Give directly to viBe to make sure your dollars help viBe thrive and support teenage girls! How your dollars could help
$250 Pays for a videographer for a whole year
$800 Pays for professional lighting design for a whole year
$1,200 Provides transportation for all viBe girls to and from rehearsals and performances for a whole year
$2,500 Sponsors one viBe girl for a whole year's participation in our programs
$6,000 Provides viBe with rehearsal and performance space for a whole year
UNDERWRITE VIBE PROGRAMS AND INVEST IN NEW YORK GIRLS

With permission, all Members, VIP Members, and underwriters will be recognized in viBe’s annual report.

OTHER VIBE UPDATES

Coalition of Theaters of Color In late January, viBe was notified of additional funding awarded to the organization by the Department of Cultural Affairs’ cohort, Coalition of Theaters of Color. 12 organizations were added to the cohort this year (including viBe).

Generation Now! viBe girls performed on Sunday, February 8th at The Wild Project in Poetic Theater Productions’ “Generation Now!” a day dedicated to youth performances.

Brave New Voices Network viBe Executive Director Toya Lillard attended the 2nd Annual convening in San Francisco of national organization/funder, Youth Speaks, from February 10th-12th. viBe joined the Brave New Voices Network last fall. For more information on the Convening, click here.

viBe makes headlines! Executive Director Toya Lillard was invited to participate in a panel on Women and the Arts at Poly Prep Country Day School on April 10. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle mentioned her comments in an article! Read it here

Denim Day viBe was invited by Council Member Laurie Cumbo to participate in a social media campaign for Denim Day on April 29. The viBeStages cast created a video entitled, “It’s Still Rape If…” to help raise awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault.

viBeStages Summer 2015 Our summer viBeStages program will take place in July and August 2015 and will culminate with a performance at HERE mid-August.

From the field… Scholar and activist Kimberle Crenshaw, head of the African American Policy Forum, recently published a critical paper on the treatment of Black girls in schools, communities, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Read her work here.