THE VIRTUOSITY OF BLACKNESS
WE'RE BOOKING LOCAL TALENT
We're booking performers for the Virtuosity of Blackness 3.0. If you are a dancer, singer or spoken word artist between the ages of 16-35, we want to hear from you! Filming will take place on April 9th or 10th.
The Virtuosity of Blackness (VoB) is a showcase featuring some of the best, up-and-coming performing Black artists in the city.
In collaboration with RISE Edutainment, this presentation serves as a platform to encourage creativity, network and support emerging artists.
Both iterations featured over 30 talented performers, reached 2.5K people on social media, and sparked a lot of meaningful conversations.
"When I was in the studio watching all of the performances for the Virtuosity of Blackness I felt a sense of pride and elation. I believe in the virtuosity of blackness and I’m so proud that Art
Starts is featuring these amazing performers."
- Nicole Peña, Program Director
"Performing for VoB was a truly amazing experience. To be able to perform my music and be embraced for my unique style and perspective was cathartic for me. Art Starts and RISE did a great job of selecting diverse artists that each reflect their own unique Black experience through their art. Time and time again we only see a limited view of Blackness through mainstream media so this event holds a special place in my heart."
- Ekelle, Artist and Songwriter
- The Virtuosity of Blackness 1.0
- The Virtuosity of Blackness 2.0
The Virtuosity of Blackness
The first iteration of VoB was broadcasted live on Instagram on August 6th, 2021. The showcase featured artists such as: Faduma Mohameds, Maurice John, Vicky Ro, Eric Flowchild, Kibra Tesfaye and more!
The Virtuosity of Blackness 2.0
The Virtuosity of Blackness 2.0 was premiered live on Facebook on December 30th, 2020. It featured artists such as: Blue Will, Kenny Thinks, Ekelle, Icons Dance Group and more!