Art is Power: A column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & founding director/chairman of Manifesto, asks artists to
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.
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
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
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
Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture goes down September 19-22 in Toronto Canada featuring headliners Jhene Aiko and
09/13/2013 03:33 EDT
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
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
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
Art Is Power: A bi-weekly column where Che Kothari, renowned photographer & executive director of Manifesto, asks artists
04/02/2013 11:27 EDT
Before we had written language, we had storytellers. Their role was critical: without paper and pen the passing down of stories
03/15/2013 11:41 EDT
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
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
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
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