viBe Theater Experience Presents viBenefit 2017 “(Em)Powered by Girls: Celebrating 14 years of Arts and Activism”

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Award-winning Performing Arts and Character Education Program Fosters Creative Expression on Topics Ranging from Gender and Race to Rihanna

viBe Theater Experience (viBe), a New York City-based non-profit performing arts/education organization, hosts its annual viBenefit on November 6, 2017, at 6:30 pm at the historic Norwood. This year’s theme (Em)Powered by Girls highlights the intersection between the arts and activism. The event will showcase original works created and performed by viBe girls on topics such as racism, police brutality, sexual harassment. Tickets to viBenefit 2017 are available for purchase at vibetheater.org.

viBe empowers underserved teenage girls to write and perform original theater, video and music about the real-life issues they face daily. viBe provides a safe, creative space for underserved girls to express their voices, take on challenges and gain the self-confidence necessary to succeed personally, artistically and academically.

According to Toya Lillard, Executive Director of viBe, “Our programs provide arts engagement, academic support, and leadership opportunities. We are proud of the fact that 100% of viBe girls graduate from high school, and over 90% of viBe girls enroll in college, attending such universities including Hampshire College, Syracuse, Temple, Hunter, St. John’s, SUNY Purchase and more.”

Ninety percent of viBe participants are girls of color from under-resourced communities with poorly performing public schools. Seventy percent live in single-parent households that lack the resources to pay for tutoring and art programs that can enhance their studies. viBe’s objective is to provide free, quality programming that can help these young women amplify their voices, face challenges and talk about the issues that affect them most - openly and with passion.

viBenefit is the organization’s premier fundraising event, the proceeds from which help support six after school programs throughout the year. Thanks to the generosity of individual, foundation and corporate donors, these programs are offered to participants free, removing the burden from families of financing cost-prohibitive after school activities. viBenefit 2017 event will feature performances by viBe girls, a silent auction, raffle and of course delicious food and drink. Tito’s is the official vodka sponsor of viBenefit 2017. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit vibenefit.org.

About the viBe Theater Experience
viBe was founded in 2002 with the goal to inspire underserved teenage girls to write, direct, publish, record and perform original theater, video and music about the real-life issues they face daily. Since then, over 2,000 girls have participated in the program, performing more than 70 free viBe productions to thousands of diverse audience members throughout the tri-state area and beyond. NoVo Foundation, Bloomberg Corporate Giving, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts, and Howard Gilman Foundation, among others, have supported viBe's programming for New York's girls.

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