July 2016

viBe Celebrates Leadership Institute Trainees and College Graduates

The viBe Leadership Institute was launched in December 2015, with 6 alumnae; Nicosie Christophe, Jessica Exilus, Alize George, London Grant, Monique Letamendi, and Ayodele Temple. These determined and gifted women spent 7 months in intense leadership workshops and seminars, training them to lead viBe programs and for careers in the arts. We celebrated these incredible women and viBe alumni London Grant (St. John's University '16) and Aissatu Young (SUNY Purchase '16) on their achievements at a special graduation ceremony and reception at HERE Arts Center on Saturday, June 25th.

viBe's "Accelerating Change Award" and the United State of Women Conference in Washington, D.C.!

On June 13th, viBe Executive Director Toya Lillard, along with viBeSongMakers Program Director Alley Olivier and viBe Leadership Institute graduate Nicosie Christophe, traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept viBe's "Accelerating Change" Awardfrom the Center for the Study of Social Policy. They were also invited to attend the"United State of Women" Summit on June 14th and 15th! 

Spring 2016 viBe Recap and a look ahead!

2016 has been an incredibly exciting year so far for viBe programs! viBe SongMakers' latest supergroup Wave16 released their incredible record Lyracists available here on Bandcamp, and performed the album in its entirety at JACK Space. There were also phenomenal performances viBe alumni Aissatu Young and Twisted Talent. We cannot thank the backing band of Jeff Tobias, Briana Barber and Jessie Nelson enough for their guidance and support. It was an incredible 6 months of of intense work and it showed! There were so many other wonderful performances this year with Generation Now, viBe Solos States of Being, Hofstra University, the Wave 16 Record Release, and most recently, a performance and workshop with Professor Andrew Gaines' NYU's Drama in Education class. 

Introducing viBe Summer Stages 2016!

viBe programming continues to make waves this Summer 2016 with viBe Stages. Our Summer viBeStages program runs from July 5-August 17th, and is off to a great start! viBeStages is a collaborative performance experience in which 6-12 girls work with professional theater directors to write and perform an original show. Program Director Gina Grandi and Program Assistant (and viBe Leadership Institute graduate) Ayodele Temple are working with 12 girls this year, with rehearsals occurring three days a week. The girls will work with viBe teaching artists, go on field trips, and create an original play. They will present their show on August 16th and 17th, at HERE Arts Center, so save the dates! 


June 2016

Wave 16 Lyracists available on Bandcamp

We had a fanastic performance over the weekend at JACK, by viBe alum, 2014 viBeSongMakers group Twisted Talent, and the premiere of "Lyracists" an original full length album written and recorded by our 2016 viBeSongMakers group, Wave 16! Many thanks to everyone who attended and thanks to the viBe staff and house band!

The highly anticipated Wave 16 record is available NOW on Bandcamp for $7. Funds from the purchases will go directly back into the program, so we can continue to produce fantastic albums and reach more young women in New York City. 

Wave 16 Record Release and Performance at JACK

We hope that you will join us for the Wave 16 Record Release Show this Sunday, June 12th, at JACK. The show starts at 3:00 p.m., and will feature live performances by viBe alum, 2014 viBeSongMakers group Twisted Talent, and the premiere of "Lyracists" an original full length album written and recorded by our 2016 viBeSongMakers group, Wave 16! The group will be backed by a house  band comprised of the New York City musicians (and talented viBe teaching artists) that have worked with Wave 16 over the past 6 months to create the album. This show is going to bring the house down!  Get your tickets now! 


May 2016

Wave 16 in the Recording Studio this Month

SongMakers latest new group Wave 16 is Rebecca Fraser, Kyana Manning, Moniece Thompson and Kiana Edwards! On May 21st, they were in the studio with a dynamic new band featuring Briana Barber on piano, Jeff Tobias on bass and sax, Jessie Nelson on drums and Amirtha Kidambi on backing vocals. They recorded their album at the fantastic pro-studio Figure 8 in Prospect Heights! Their record release is Sunday, June 12th at JACK

Center for the Study of Social Policy's Accelerating Change Award

The Center for the Study of Social Policy seeks to honor innovative initiatives that reach diverse populations of young women and girls of color and create opportunities for their well-being and success. These innovations disrupt the trajectory experienced by young women and girls of color from the compounding and often negative effects of gender and racial discrimination, personal and community violence and involvement in foster care, juvenile justice and other intervening public systems. This award celebrates the most compelling and creative interventions making a difference in young women and girls' everyday lives. Selected recipients will join a network of like-minded partners to share ideas and help accelerate positive change and promising futures for women and girls of color nationally.


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.