What do you look for in a friend? At SKETCH, we look for someone who is socially conscious, a champion of the arts, and a leader in the community. We look for someone who understands and believes in the diverse and creative capabilities of young people who are living homeless, navigating poverty or otherwise on the margins.
Our goal at SKETCH is to fuel imagination, build capacity, and connect to opportunities to live well and lead social change. That’s where the BFF Program comes in.
The BFF Program, newly minted in September 2018, is the SKETCH approach to cause marketing. Through this program, we are looking at fostering relationships with corporations who share our values.
What is cause marketing? It’s really cool.
It’s a partnership between a for-profit and a not-for-profit cause through a partnership. Businesses look to cause marketing to help support their community or a cause that relates back to their business. The SKETCH BFF program is curated to help facilitate this. While businesses are encouraged to back SKETCH through a set percentage or dollar amount linked to profit, SKETCH can actively ignite change and tell people about all the amazing support from their BFFs. This could include blog posts, social media campaigns, appearances by SKETCH staff at fundraising events, signage and much more!
The BFF Program aims at forging friendships and partnerships with a variety of different businesses and organizations. The businesses that lead and initialize change, just like our artists. The businesses that realize it’s more than just profit margin and being in the black that leads to success, it’s how you motivate and build the communities as well.
Does your business want to support the arts? Are you a graphic designer who had someone take a chance on you?
Does your business want to help marginalized youth create in a safe space? Maybe this is what you needed once but never had the access.
Do you want to uplift and transform your community?
Let’s talk. BFF bracelets sold separately.
"You really want that utopian ideal of what our world could be? You want to be proudly and ACTIVELY anti-racist, more than fearing being called a racist? I want that for you too. If so, then do the work, educate yourself and others stand by us loudly, consistently, FOREVER." - Clara Amfo, BBC 1 Radio Host
Dear SKETCH Community,
The last two weeks have been yet another reminder that the Black community continues to be under attack by white supremacist systems. SKETCH's board of directors and staff sends their deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who we have most recently lost including Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and D’Andre Campbell, and all those whose deaths have not been televised.
In our grief and anger at these senseless murders committed by the police, SKETCH is ensuring that we stay accountable to our Black youth artists, staff and the Black community at large, by taking swift action to ensure that folks are supported, uplifted, taken care of and their voices amplified, as they continue to organize and march on the front lines for justice.
As an organization that is led by mainly white leadership, we are deeply committed to examining and activating our role as an accomplice to address violence, racism, oppression, and discrimination in our sector, in Toronto and in society generally.
We want to acknowledge the trauma and grief of those who create with and work at SKETCH, who are Black. We know you endure violence on a daily basis. We want to reach out to support you, stand and work together with you, to fight for justice, for your health, and for your futures.
We seek to learn daily, with you, how to enact a more just present and future. Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for calling us to be better. All of our liberations depend on it.
We join the movements for prison abolition, and for strong redirection of funding for policing to go toward community-based transformative justice efforts.
We call on the Arts Councils to create a Black Artists Fund to support Black Artists and Black Arts and Culture Organizations, recognizing and investing in their leadership in arts and culture, and in building fair and inclusive communities.
With so many ways to actively support the dismantling of systems that continue to oppress the Black community, silence is not an option.
We welcome you all to join SKETCH in allying yourselves with the Black community in the fight for liberation for all, not as a token event, but one that actually leads to a re-education, re-evaluation, and unbiased and selfless action.
SKETCH Working Arts
Artwork: Egwu Ogwu Mystic Dance by Kanna Anigbogu
Dear Friends and Investors,
Greetings from the SKETCH Project Home Team! We hope that you and your family are keeping well and safe during this time.
UPDATE: SKETCH is placing the capital campaign to purchase our studios on brief hiatus until the fall.
Our campaign has been a great success so far, with over $370,000 raised in funds and Community Bonds! However, in face of the COVID-19 pandemic, SKETCH is taking action to suspend the campaign to allow the time needed for those excited about our campaign to be in a more secure position to participate.
If you have already donated to the campaign, or purchased SKETCH Community Bonds, we deeply appreciate your commitment to Project Home. If you've just recently submitted your bond-purchase documents, we will still process your investment.
Have any questions about your donations or bond purchase? Please do not hesitate to contact SKETCH Executive Director, Rudy Ruttimann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer, we'll be working with our campaign partners and SKETCH community to determine exactly when we relaunch in the Fall. We'll be sure to keep you posted over the summer.
You can still inquire about SKETCH, our capital campaign, and its progress at email@example.com or by following us at @SKETCHToronto.
Thank you for your time, and we wish all the best for you and your family.
-The SKETCH Team & Campaign Advisory