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Che Kothari

Artist & Instigator

Che Kothari is the Executive Director of Manifesto Community Projects, whose mission is to unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture. Manifesto is best known for hosting the annual Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture, which has grown to become Canada's largest celebration of hip hop culture and beyond. Manifesto has 2 sister organizations Manifesto Jamaica & Manifesto Barbados. In addition to his role as Executive director, Che spends time as a mentor, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker and is also an internationally recognized portrait photographer and has shot some of the leading artists of our time. He is involved on a number of boards and advisory's, both locally, nationally, and internationally, and is building a strong legacy of youth arts organizing tied to self-actualization globally.
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Machel Montano on Why Art Is Power

Art is Power: A column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & founding director/chairman of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art. I'm probably flying over Jamaica right ab...
02/24/2014 05:18 EST

Va$htie on Why Art Is Power and Taking 1992 Party Abroad

Va$htie Kola, also known as Downtown's Sweetheart, is widely notorious for being a creative, talented and beautiful tastemaker who occupies several scenes of New York. An overall "It Girl" whose photos you've probably seen all over the Internet.
02/07/2014 05:30 EST

Yuna on Why Art Is Power

It was my first time seeing her perform live and I was captivated by her voice on presence. Yuna stuck around after her performance, taking her time to meet and greet every single person in the room (I don't know how she did it -- a true person of the people) and it was then that I had the opportunity to connect with her and her management.
01/29/2014 06:11 EST
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Scot Sardinha on Why Art is Power

I wouldn't say that art has necessarily changed my life but more so has enhanced it. It has broadened my knowledge with many cultures, connecting me to the creative realm of the many places I have visited, and it has also introduced me to a plethora of interesting people and networks.
11/30/2013 10:22 EST

Melanie Fiona on Why Art Is Power

She recently headlined a show at the Phoenix where she blew the audience away with her inspired performance. Though some folks say it's hard to define her style, there's one thing that couldn't be clearer: she was born to sing and she is fulfilling her destiny.
05/15/2013 04:06 EDT
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Crazy Legs on Why Art Is Power

Richard "Crazy Legs" Colon is one of the original B-boys, doing it before people had a name for it. As a kid he was creating moves that are now part of the B-boy vernacular, and in his teens he was traveling the world preaching the gospel of hip-hop, performing in Hollywood movies, and immersing himself in the music and culture of a new art form.
04/30/2013 12:09 EDT

How Music And Art Can Change a Nation

The relationship between art and community can be naturally synergistic: the community nurtures the artist, who then reflects a vision of the community, helping to define its essence. That's what's going on in Jamaica right now -- the country is literally overflowing with fresh talent -- it's not just about music; it's about a mission.
04/16/2013 05:35 EDT

Danilo M. McCallum on Why Art Is Power

Art Is Power: A bi-weekly column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & executive director of Manifesto, asks artists to succinctly define the power of art. I love travelling the world and explori...
04/02/2013 11:27 EDT

AFRaKaReN on Why Art Is Power

Before we had written language, we had storytellers. Their role was critical: without paper and pen the passing down of stories by word of mouth was the only way communities could preserve the lessons...
03/15/2013 11:41 EDT

Shad On Why Art Is Power

Shad is one of the artists who came out to lobby for the much-needed tax to go towards the arts. He's an ideal person to speak to decision-makers about art, because he fulfills the fantasy about what an artist is and defies the stereotype at the same time.
02/18/2013 12:54 EST
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Kardinal Offishall On Why Art Is Power

Ask an artist like Kardinal Offishall to talk within the theme "Art is Power" and then sit back, 'cause you know he's going to tear it up. Kardi was one of three keynote speakers kicking off a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Fresh Arts Program. Here's what Kardi threw down at the keynote address.
02/06/2013 05:38 EST
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Toronto: Use the Billboard Tax to Fund the Arts

Toronto arts and culture continue to be woefully underfunded. We are spending less per person than any other major Canadian city. Council has made three unfilled commitments. The plan was to invest $25 per person by 2008 and when that plan failed, by 2013. City Council needs to invest or Toronto will be left behind.
12/11/2012 05:24 EST