The latest

Safiel Vonay and THENYCGRIND movement

Get hip on the biggest art movement in the city, and it’s founder

These days, with the artsy aesthetic being imitated and mass produced around the country, it is always a breath of fresh air to see real artist together in their rawest forms. TheNYCGRIND is an art movement that is still fresh on the city scene, but with its consistent events growing a buzz among the creative circles of New York, it is already being called the best the city has to offer. The secrets to its authentic essence perhaps go back to its founder, who found her voice through the arts and has been fighting for others to do the same ever since.

IMG_5220

Artist at a Grind event. Photo by Caroline Conejero

“I used to be an extremely shy person when I was younger, but I was always driven”

Safiel Vonay, the figure now known as the fearless leader and founder of THENYCGRIND, was once a girl just wanting to find her creative voice. “I used to be an extremely shy person when I was younger,” She says. “But I’ve always been driven, so my upbringing was mostly writing poetry, reading books, and physical training.” After winning a poetry scholarship which introduced her to the stage, Vonay found her calling in spoken word and the motivation she could arise in her peers through the art form. After throwing a small open mic event in a church basement, Vonay was hooked on the potential impact these events could have and the movement was born.

IMG_5221

@jays_creation at work. Photo by @shotbymarkphoto

“You will see the most beautiful, creative people laughing, dancing, networking and connecting”

Vonay prides herself on the fact that her events are unlike others, simply because they are by artist and for the artist. “You can walk into a Grind event and see a beatboxer playing with an electric violinist,” She says. “You’ll see phenomenal art on the walls, and artist painting on human canvases. You will see the most beautiful, creative people laughing, dancing, networking and connecting.” While she feels overjoyed when an event is successful, Vonay admits that being the founder of a company does take work and building a platform from the ground up can be stressful. Despite having a wonderful and talented team behind her, the pressure of ensuring that everything goes right is solely on her shoulders. Safiel describes this task as exhausting at times, but it has ultimately helped her be a better leader.

IMG_5222

“I want people to see that the Grind isn’t just an event, its a life style.”

As THENYCGRIND continues to assert its dominance in the New York art scene, Vonay will be the first to tell you that she is far from satisfied and has plans for her movement to spread throughout the country and eventually, the world. “The goal is to continue to grow, both the movement and the people in it,” She says. “I want people to see that the Grind isn’t just an event, its a life style.” And each time she may feel a little discouraged, Vonay is reminded of what she does it for in the first place when she is approached by an artist happy to sell their work or asking when is the next event. THENYCGRIND is authentic as they come, and the once shy girl who leads it now has an entire culture excited about where she’ll take it next.

IG: @Thenycgrind

Sports

NYC Player Spotlight: Majesty Johnson

by Tyrel Hunt in Culture

The lefty freshman has GAME When the team here at Grittyvibes drops a list of the best young hoopers in the city, (Like our recent freshman list right here) it’s [...]

3 Comments

Musicians

5 questions with Florida musician Dasserz

by Tyrel Hunt in Music

The latest talent from the sunshine state Broward county has recently been a hotbed of up and coming musicians and Dasserz has the potential to be next in line. We talked to [...]

0 Comments

Dancers

Kii Michelle Haynes : The Harlem Ballerina

by Tyrel Hunt in Art and Grafitti

 The ballerina you need to know about There’s an old saying that “Ballet is like dreaming on your feet.” The art form is elegant and beautiful, but in Kii [...]

0 Comments

Photography

Show and tell with photographer Jay Kane

by Tyrel Hunt in Photography

The young photographer speaks on her inspirations and travels Jay Kane is a 16 year old photographer and world traveler headed to NYU in the fall for computer engineering. [...]

0 Comments

About Tyrel Hunt (126 Articles)
I'm Socrates but my skin more chocolatey

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: