About

Team & Board

Our Team

We have an inspiring, dedicated team on the front lines of creativity!

Alanna

Alanna Fennell

Evaluation Associate

alanna@sketch.ca

Antonia Lawrence

Operations Administrator/SpaceShare

antonia@sketch.ca

Dale

Dale Roy

Marketing & Resource Development Associate

dale@sketch.ca

Dale

Dale Roy

Marketing & Resource Development Associate
dale@sketch.ca

Lacking sleep, proper enunciation and basic social cues, Dale has been fumbling his way through marketing campaigns since….well, his memory is pretty shot too. If you see him stressed out and twirling his hair unconsciously, he’s having a good day.

David Osubronie

Facilities Operations Manager

operations@sketch.ca

Emma

Emma Bowen

Executive Projects Specialist

emma@sketch.ca

Emma

Emma Bowen

Executive Projects Specialist
emma@sketch.ca

Emma is a book reader, lover of music and concerts, tea drinker and Mother of Plants. She loves cats, naps and crafts. You can find her reading a book in the park, knitting away on her loom or embroidering something on whatever piece of fabric she can get her hands on. Emma loves all things arts, culture and community.

Jackie Black

Resource Development Assistant

jackie@sketch.ca

Jonathan

Jonathan Michaylow

Operations Assistant

jonathan@sketch.ca

Jonathan

Jonathan Michaylow

Operations Assistant
jonathan@sketch.ca

Jonathan is a genuine spirited multidisciplinary individual exploring all mediums, practices to bring new techniqueranging from abstract interpretive expressionism in acrylic to rorschach, aerosol stencil making and abstract fan art. Enjoys problem solving , skateboarding and playing piano. More recently practicing a style of forced collaboration with reclaimed materials to traverse every bizzare and common practice. A supporter of transformative and social justice connecting and sharing his experience/perspective with anyone to better support and assist the bridge between admin and program.

Jonsaba

Jonsaba Jabbi

Communications & Content Specialist

communications@sketch.ca

Julian

Julian Diego

Program Coordinator

julian@sketch.ca

Loredana

Loredana Lacaprara

Financial Manager

financialmanager@sketch.ca

Loredana

Loredana Lacaprara

Financial Manager
financialmanager@sketch.ca

With almost 30 years of bookkeeping experience beginning in 1990 implementing self-taught practices to various art-based clients. In 2010 Loredana LaCaprara enrolled in a 42-week course with the Toronto Business Development Centre creating a business plan for her sole proprietorship LaLa Books, a bookkeeping service that catered to a niche market of Professional Artisans in the Arts and Film industries.

Luigi Umali

Luigi Umali

Financial Associate

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Lydia Hernandez

Program Host

lydia@sketch.ca

Michael

Michael O'Connell

Program Coordinator

michael@sketch.ca

Myia

Myia Davar

Mentorship Platform Coordinator

myia@sketch.ca

Paulina

Paulina O'Kieffe

Grants Manager

paulina@sketch.ca

Paulina

Paulina O'Kieffe

Grants Manager
paulina@sketch.ca

Paulina is an artist, arts educator, producer and creative consultant. When she is not on stage performing you can catch her going on epic adventures with her energetic kids. Paulina has a huge passion for travel, making art whenever possible and is a voracious reader.

Phyllis

Phyllis Novak

Artistic Director

phyllis@sketch.ca

Phyllis

Phyllis Novak

Artistic Director
phyllis@sketch.ca

Phyllis loves being outside as much as possible! Trees, flowers, big skies, water, cycling, walking, sweet winds blowing or even in a bit of rain. Reading, swimming and chilling in the summers with loved ones. Love the children – there are so many of them!

Quinatzin

Quinatzin Aguilar Gutierrez

Culinary Arts Specialist

quinatzin@sketch.ca

Rose

Rose Gutierrez

Program Director

rose@sketch.ca

Rudy Ruttimann

Executive Director

rudy@sketch.ca

Rudy

Rudy Ruttimann

Executive Director
rudy@sketch.ca

Rudy is a lover of all things water, the more immersion the better. She longs to be up north at Dyers Bay every year to spend time swimming, kayaking, reading and hanging in the hammock! This is precious time to connect with the outdoors with her wife and family. In 2013, she swam with the sharks, stingrays and old wise turtles in Belize, a paradise for any piscean!

Sarah

Sarah Couture-McPhail

Mentor / Independent Studio Facilitator

sarah@sketch.ca

Sevi

Sevi Beaumont

Admin Hub Animator

sevi@sketch.ca

Sevi

Sevi Beaumont

Admin Hub Animator
sevi@sketch.ca

Sevi is a multidiciplinary artist who has an affinity for nature and animals. She is an avid swimmer and dancer as well, and that’s how she likes to keep fit; after all, she is a burlesque perfomer and wants to keep her bod in tip top shape. When she is not chasing after her adorable 2lb chihuahua, Harley, she can be found tending to her gardens. She is also all about lifting up and representing the trans community, and she runs an artful drop in for trans youth here at SKETCH where she is also an alumni from the Community Arts program.

Sonya

Sonya Reynolds

Program Manager

sonya@sketch.ca

Sonya

Sonya Reynolds

Program Manager
sonya@sketch.ca

Sonya Reynolds is a Toronto-based artist working in video and photography. As half of MidKnife Films, she has made several award-winning shadow-puppet animated videos illustrating otherwise forgotten true stories from Toronto’s queer history, which have screened internationally and been the focus of exhibits in collaboration with Videofag, Myseum, and the Glad Day Bookshop. When not at SKETCH you can find her in the park chasing after an extremely energetic toddler, or singing in her Dolly Partin tribute choir.

Sue

Sue Cohen

Program Coordinator

sue@sketch.ca

Associate Artists

Antonia Lawrence
Balu Kanagalingam
Ezekiel Hersi
Jane Doe Smith
Jess De Vittoris
Illo
Beerus Ayrah Taerb

Guest Artists

Gloria Ghabeli
Alia Ettienne
Ammarah Syed
Ben Wood
Ill Nana
Gehan Udayanga Kolamba Tantrege
Kamika Peters
Rosa Mindreau

Assistants

Caprice Duncan
Jonathan Michaylow

Our Board

Charlene

Charlene Quincey

President & Chair

Sven Dvec

Sven Dedic

Board Director / Treasurer

Ana Yuritsy

Ana Yuritsy

Vice-Chair

Nicole Kallmeyer

Director

Jasmine Mousseau

Director

Caroline

Caroline Marful

Board Director

Magdalena

Magdalena Selma

Fundraising Chair

Rona

Rona Abramovitch

Board Director

Kira

Kira Xue

Secretary

Jill

Jill Fagan

Board Director

Sarah

Sarah Gaikwad

Board Director

Marina

Marina Attia

Board Director

Michael

Michael Cohen

Board Director

Esther

Esther Akinrinlola

Board Director

David Crombie

Honourary Director

"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.

This Means:
  • We will continue to look within and address our own biases and the ways that systemic and structural racism plays itself out in SKETCH;
  • We will increase investment and resources to young Black Artists;
  • We will endorse Black leadership in SKETCH and in arts and culture;
  • We will support self-care and resources for our Black staff; and
  • Our leadership will connect with other white leaders of arts and culture organizations to support Black leadership in the sector with resourced opportunities to lead in meaningful ways.

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.

We encourage the non-Black community members of SKETCH to stand with us and take action by:
  • Educating yourself on the issues;
  • Supporting your Black staff with personal time for self-care;
  • Supporting the community by buying from Black-owned business (which include Black artists at SKETCH);
  • Donating to organizations that are directly supporting Black folks;
  • Reposting and resharing information on your social media feeds;
  • Having constant conversations with your peers, families, and friends; and
  • Signing petitions that call for justice.

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.

In solidarity,

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 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

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