THE VIRTUOSITY OF BLACKNESS
LOOKING FOR LOCAL TALENT...
ART STARTS is currently looking for young, gifted and Black performers, between the ages of 16-35, to audition for our latest instalment of the Virtuosity of Blackness 4.0. We want to showcase your talent and invite you to light up the stage.
Art Starts will be part of the Arts in the Park Festival in the fall of 2021 at the illustrious Earl Bales Park. VOB 4.0 will electrify our audiences with stellar performances, dynamic DJs, soulful drummers and industrious vendors.
Another spectacular showcase of The Virtuosity of Blackness is happening! You can watch the LIVE premiere with us on Wednesday, August 4th on Facebook.
Check out our incredible line-up of dynamic artists and register at the link below.
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.
"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
"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
- 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!