#ArtTransforms March 19, 2020

SKETCH Statement on COVID-19


Dear Friends and Community,

Artwork by Sevi Sevi

We send this update hoping you are keeping well and safe, and keeping good company either in person or virtually. These are strange times and we recommend frequent virtual dance parties, writing, and listening to good music. Maybe this is that time when you learn to draw!

We wanted to let you know what SKETCH is up to in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are joining the efforts to slow down the spread of the virus as well as lessen the burden on our health care system. Artscape Youngplace (AYP) has closed the building in which SKETCH resides until further notice, and for now, we have also closed our sites at 180 Shaw Street effective March 17 until further notice.

Our Spring and Summer programs will not happen as originally planned. We are working to create remote program offerings such as live streaming, video workshops, and online referrals support (in particular to connect with funds that can support folks during the pandemic). We are aiming to have some in-person programs up and running by Fall 2020!

We are staying in touch as a team weekly, to discern our re-open date depending on updates and recommendations from Toronto Public Health and in partnership with AYP.

We want you to know that SKETCH staff are currently adjusting their work schedules to work remotely as much as possible and will generally be accessible by email during business hours. For the time being, we will not be engaging in work-related face-to-face activities or travel. Instead, over the coming days, we will be adapting our activities using online platforms and other innovative means.

During these days we will aim to send out weekly updates to our community to stay in touch and connected. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Stay well and keep SKETCH in your thoughts.


The SKETCH team

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