Radical Gratitude: Celebrating Youth Leadership in the Arts

By Jonsaba Jabbi

Every June, we take the time to recognize the artistic interventions of young people in our community and end our Spring Artmaking Season with a celebration with our community and the general public.

On June 13, Radical Gratitude will showcase what youth leadership in the arts for social change looks like. Also, we’re celebrating surviving the winter while creating and incubating some radical art!

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Young artist performing during Linnertime, our end-of-season Winter community event

The work that will be showcased is made by youth during our spring season in workshops led by youth leaders. Young men of colour explored racialized masculinity through artmaking (The Good Guise), budding musicians learned how to play together in a band setting (The SKETCH Band), avid photographers developed their photography skills in our Lights, Action, Sensor! And we had our first 10-week drag intensive for queer and trans folks! And there’s much more.

We want to showcase the work that is being produced and show how young people lead while thinking about the things we’ve been grateful for. Radical Gratitude is the opportunity to showcase the very essence of what community arts is all about. Interdependence. Collaboration. Mentorship. Mutual Inspiration. An opportunity to appreciate and recognize the different people who have inspired and mentored young people in community arts.

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A group hug during a gratitude circle at last year’s Rad Grad event

As SKETCH Program Coordinator Naty Tremblay puts it, “Come and hear ideas about community-engaged, creative social change activism from rad youth leaders!”

So if you’re curious to see what arts for social change looks like, Radical Gratitude is the place to be this Thursday, June 13 at 6PM.

SKETCH COMMUNITY UPDATE (as of May 11, 2020)

We hope you are well and safe during these uncertain times.

SKETCH studios at 180 Shaw Street are closed to public access until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are committed to opening as health and resources allow.

Check out:

Creating Against the Odds

online experiments May 18-July 10

SKETCH amplifies the creativity and resilient leadership of young people with lived experience of the margins! They can lead us through this pandemic and develop the kind of post-pandemic world we want to live in together!

Check out What's Happening with SKETCH to connect to SKETCH online activities and those of partners and young people.

Check out Art in Pandemic and be inspired.

If you have questions about SKETCH's COVID-19 response plan, please follow us at @SKETCHToronto, and reach out if you have any questions at info@sketch.ca.

For those who can donate during these times, please support young marginalized artists! We need your help more than ever!

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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 rudy@sketch.ca.

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 invest@sketch.ca 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