In 2019, SKETCH was proud to achieve the following results:
“Somehow the stars lined up in just the right way, and like a magnet, SKETCH pulled me into their world, and ever since then I have been able to truly express myself in a safe space where for the FIRST time in my life, my art was shown the love and appreciation it deserves. I cannot name just one individual, it is the whole collective of SKETCH that has brought about the best in so many of us who the world has forgotten. I finally felt seen and witnessed and received the love and positivity that I needed to heal, and it was all because of the leadership, artmaking and strength.” – Artist Participant, 2020
Click the covers to read our annual reports from the last three years.
“At SKETCH, I found my love for being creative, and my love for art. People here like and appreciate what I draw, and my singing voice too. I’ve gained perspective on what I’m good at. I feel freer now because I was able to play with the art supplies at SKETCH and see amazing ideas come to life. I’ve also learned that I love baking and cooking and learning in SKETCH’s kitchen. I’ve gained skills in everything from how to hold a knife, to food preparation, to time management. As my culinary skills developed, I decided I wanted to get advanced training. Thanks to SKETCH’s relationship with George Brown College, I got accepted to the Assistant Cook Extended Training Program. There are other young people who want to learn new skills at SKETCH and carve a path for themselves out of homelessness and poverty. Folks from all walks of life come to SKETCH to be inspired, or perhaps to find freedom from depression and loneliness through expressing themselves.” – Artist Participant, 2017
I’m beyond thankful for every day I get to work in such a creative and welcoming environment.
I really wish there were more places like SKETCH. There are countless youth in our communities who would benefit from the abundance of opportunities here.
I’ve accessed an amazing community of friends and artists who have and continue to connect me to opportunities. They encourage my craft, and empower me to teach and share what I know.
Keep SKETCH going forever.
I came from my home town in search of a place just like SKETCH. I’m glad I’ve found it. I’ve been coming here for years and it’s helped me in infinite ways.
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 email@example.com.
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 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