Today is the 20th Anniversary of the International Trans Day of Remembrance, recognized annually on November 20th.
So we want to beam love out to the Trans, Gender Non-Conforming and Two-Spirit folks who work, create, organize and educate with us at SKETCH. We want to acknowledge and honour our Trans staff, guest artists and participants for all that they bring to our community and to the world. And we want to acknowledge all of the immense contributions made by Trans folks to arts, culture, human rights and social justice organizing in Toronto and beyond!
We also want to acknowledge that we still have much work to do as allies and advocates to support our Trans community while aiming to provide inclusive space for Trans young people to make art at SKETCH. We are committed to this ongoing work and we invite our extended community to keep doing this learning and un-learning alongside us.
Early in the new year some of our Trans, Two spirit & Gender Non-Conforming staff will be hosting gatherings for Trans participants to connect, share food & talk about their unique experiences so keep your eyes peeled!
For today, there are many ways you can observe TDoR in Toronto, including tonight’s event at the 519. Also, here’s a small resource created by folks at SKETCH who reflected on what this day means to them.
SKETCH studios at 180 Shaw Street will remain closed to public access until further notice. We are forced in this time of pandemic to rework and consider our sustainability given public health priorities and resources. We will keep you posted on new designs in September.
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We've launched our Equity at SKETCH Web page to be in dialogue with you about our Equity goals.
Black activists and communities everywhere are working hard to lead all society to call out and authentically address the violent impacts of White Supremacy in policing, justice, education, health, community and in all systems and infrastructures across Turtle Island (North America). Anti-Black racism is deeply embedded in every fabric of our society. This, as well as our violent colonial legacy of Indigenous erasure, constant gender discrimination and violence, and the violence and mistreatment of those in the disability community, are pervasive pressing truths that we need to face and address, daily, to make change in real ways. We need boldness, energy, honesty, deep listening and accountability, to generate sustained action and inversions of power in the immediate, medium and long term.
What can a community-engaged arts organization in Toronto like us do, to take up its role in this critical renaissance of justice? Join us in learning together with us, what this means.
SKETCH is deeply committed to supporting, learning from and amplifying the brave and creative leadership of young Black Artists and Activists. Check out Art in Pandemic and be inspired by the incredible work of young artists creating during this time.
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.
Follow us at @SKETCHToronto, and reach out if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please support us to be a just, accountable and vibrant arts platform for young people on the margins! We need your help now more than ever!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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