d’bi.young anitafrika Just Awarded A Vital Person Accolade By Toronto Foundation For Her Leadership Work @ The Watah School

d'bi. by anthony gebrehewot

10 years. 100 people.

Toronto Foundation names recipients of its 2015 Vital People grants
Toronto Foundation, one of Canada’s largest community foundations, has named the recipients of its Vital People grants, bringing the total number of recipients since 2004 to 106 – an investment of nearly $510,000. Vital People grants support valued leaders who are making outstanding contributions working at not-for-profit organizations. Grants are awarded in support of continued training and professional development of the selected leaders. This year, 13 recipients have been selected.“In this milestone year for our Vital People grant program, we are very pleased with the diversity of leadership we were able to support,” said Rahul K. Bhardwaj, Toronto Foundation, President & CEO. “The issues faced by our communities can be quite complex and are often interconnected. There are rarely any simple solutions. We need leaders who understand the lived experiences of the communities they work in, who take initiative, and make innovative contributions that support our city’s well-being and vitality.”

Visit each profile on the 13 recipients listed below:

“The Vital People grant from the Toronto Foundation provided me with the opportunity to be in spaces and trainings that I would not have ordinarily been able to access. With new networks created, I can now increase Nia’s collective knowledge base and expand our community impact,” Letecia Rose, Programs and Partnerships Manager, Nia Centre for the Arts.Rose received the grant in 2014 to participate in three professional development opportunities, including workshops on leadership and facilitation, along with a fellowship work exchange at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts in New York. She created a video to document her learning experiences.

Over the past 10 years, the Foundation has recognized “vital” leaders such as Jane Farrow, Che Kothari, Dave Meslin, and Lekan Olawoye.

Vital People grants are made from the Toronto Foundation’s own community endowment called the Vital Toronto Fund. Grants are also supported by Fundholders and donors at the Foundation. This year additional contributions were received from the Erica Shuttleworth Fund, the Griggs Family Foundation, the Patricia J. Fleming Fund, and the Angela Longo Leadership Fund at the Toronto Foundation.

About the Toronto Foundation
Established in 1981, the Toronto Foundation is one of 191 Community Foundations in Canada. We are a leading independent charitable foundation that connects philanthropy to community needs and opportunities.  Our individual and family Fundholders support causes they care about in Toronto and across Canada, through grants to any registered Canadian charity. We currently have more than 500 active Funds, including endowments and assets under administration of more than $300 million. A growing number of Torontonians support the Vital Toronto Fund, our community endowment that helps mobilize people and resources to tackle community challenges in innovative and inspiring ways. To find out more, please visit www.torontofoundation.ca.About the Vital People grant program

Grants of up to $5,000 are funded through the Foundation’s community endowment called the Vital Toronto Fund and awarded to support the formal training or other informal development opportunities that best enable not-for-profit leaders to build their skills and knowledge or apply their experience in different ways to enhance their leadership contributions. The grants are available to those just taking on new leadership challenges as well as those with many years of experience. To find out more, please visit https://torontofoundation.ca/vital-people.

d’bi. Offers Her 1st Workshop of 2015 @ The Watah School | My Womb Song: Womb-Healing, Self-Mastery & Cultivating The Sacred-Self | Register Now!!!

womb song workshop

My Womb Song is a seven week workshop at The Watah School that explores womb-healing, self-mastery and cultivating the sacred-self using the Sorplusi Method, facilitated by D’bi.young Anitafrika. The workshop runs weekly every THURSDAY from JANUARY 29 to MARCH 12, 2015 5:00pm-7:00pm. WORKSHOP FEE is $700.

My Womb Song using the sorplusi method
facilitated by d’bi.young anitafrika
DURATION: 7 consecutive weeks
TIME: 2 hrs weekly with class + one 1 hr private mentorship session with d’bi.
PLACE: the watah school toronto canada
REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mywombsong
CONTACT: register@watah.org
Image by Wade Hudson

Wednesday Jan 14, 2015. d’bi. features at york university’s creative writing reading series jan. 14, 2015.

d'biyoung reads at York University

Creative Writing Reading Series York University
Author d’bi.young anitafrika

Wednesday, January 14 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm Founders College Room 305


d’bi.young anitafrika is an internationally celebrated African-Jamaican-Canadian dub-artist, arts-educator and emerging theatre director. Her trans-disciplinary explorations of identity, gender, sexuality and the human experience have made an indelible mark upon the Canadian & global cultural landscape. She is the published author of eleven plays, two collections of poetry, six dubpoetry albums and is anthologized in numerous publications worldwide. Her achievements include the Canadian Poet of Honor accolade and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

d’bi. is the Artistic Director of YEMOYA International Artist and her latest creation is The Watah School, a not-for-profit w/holistic artist development institute in Toronto, Canada. Her mission is to nurture the artist as healer, mentor and keeper of the sacred.

d’bi will be reading from her new play Ssshe Mami Wata.

Presented by the Creative Writing Program in collaboration with the Department of English. For more information, contact Andrea Thomas at acthomas@yorku.ca.
Light refreshments will be served.

Images by Wade Biblical Hudson and Noncedo Charmaine


d’bi.young anitafrika | dub-artist

d'bi 4 by anthony gebrehiwot

d’bi.young anitafrika | dub-artist
d’bi.young anitafrika, Artistic Director of The Watah School, is an internationally celebrated African-Jamaican-Canadian dub-artist, arts-educator and emerging theatre director, whose Pan-African trans-disciplinary explorations of identity, gender, sexuality, class and the human experience, continue to make an indelible mark upon the Canadian & global cultural landscape. Her travels have taken her to Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, North America, Europe & the United Nations, providing her with a world-wide lab to experiment with and expand upon her Sorplusi Method theoretical framework.

d’bi. is the published author of eleven plays, two collections of poetry, six dubpoetry albums and is anthologized in numerous publications worldwide. She is the recipient of the Canadian Poet of Honor accolade, two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the KM Hunter Theatre Award, and the Mayor’s Arts Council Award. d’bi. is the Artistic Director of YEMOYA International Artist Residency & the program designer-facilitator of the Arts Academy of The Stephen Lewis Foundation. She teaches ongoing publicly-accessible workshops at The Watah School.

Her latest creation is a new solo show entitled ‘Ssshe Mami Wata’ chronicling the life of a queer-church-going-erotic-dancer living in present day Jamaica who is touched by the ancient African God/dess Mami Wata. The piece premieres March 2015 in The Audre Lorde Works-In-Progress Festival at Dancemakers Theatre.

Image by Anthony Gebrehiwot