Manifesto Festival 8th Annual Art Show features Visual Artists from around the GTA.
I met these two beautiful women, Esie Mensah and Sara Golish, at the Opening Night art exhibit at Manifesto two years ago. Esie was proudly standing in front of the stunning portrait Sara had painted of her. I noted both these women had serious style. But more than that, they had spirit. I have a knack for picking out the good souls in a crowd. They were both vibrant and gracious, two qualities this world needs more of.
“We need to hone and cultivate a group of artists right now that really know who they are, know how they fit into their broader community and then have a message. We need to provide spaces…where an emerging artist can be given a space where they have critical thought and get to know who they are and how they fit into the continuum of art and art history…how they can shape and change the way that the future can look” ~ Che Kothari, founder of Manifesto
As part of the Manifesto Festival, Walk for Youth Arts was a parade down Toronto’s Yonge Street that brought out arts activists, community leaders and cultural provocateurs to bring awareness and rally support to keep our city’s youth programs diverse, accessible and funded!
To give an idea as to the importance of these programs in the lives of the youth that attend check out these videos on some of the initiatives you can find in Toronto.
“The young people involved are here because they are innovative, because they are passionate because they are creative and in this city something is happening that I don’t think has happened before, not youth organizing, that has happened before but youth organizing that has the potential to be sustainable, that has the potential to create real change, not change that’s only going to be around for two or three years but change that could actually alter the fabric of the way this society is operating and that is amazing!”~ Amanda Parris, Playwright & Performer
“Using art as a vehicle for social change is something I live by”~ Boonaa Mohammed, Spoken Word Poet & Storyteller
To view more videos on the talent, vision and action of organizations and projects who are changing the landscape of this city MIXED BAG MAG recommends visiting the Walk for Youth Arts Blog.
Keep updated on how you can support this cause by following along on Facebook and on Twitter at #Walk4YouthArts.
MANIFESTO Festival 2012 “Love by Every Means Necessary”
There are moments that the impact of art takes your breath away. The deep beauty of Sara Golish’s portraits was the force that hit leaving me temporarily without air or words.
And that was just the start of what turned out to be a well curated show celebrating 20 years of Toronto’s Fresh Arts program. The one-night-only show also included artists-at-work outside on the patio of the beautiful new Regent Park Arts & Cultural centre.
This event was part of the Manifesto Festival, the brainchild of cultural provocateur Che Kothari. The festival is now in its 6th year and has proved a powerful force in mobilizing many of Toronto’s youth by offering programming and events that ignite youth to use art as a tool for personal transformation that can lead to social change.
Manifesto seems to draw into its orbit of raised consciousness an immense talent pool of people that are thoughtful, activated and ready to push positive change forward – the perfect antidote for a world burdened with a lot of pain and in need of some artful healing.