Who We Are

Our Vision

We see a movement where young people are celebrated and engaged as culture makers, perception changers and collaborators in building creative communities.

Our Mission

SKETCH is a community arts enterprise engaging diverse young people, ages 16-29, from across Canada, who live homeless or on the margins and navigate poverty to:

  • experience the transformative power of the arts
  • build leadership and self-sufficiency in the arts
  • cultivate social and environmental change through the arts
What We Offer

We Believe

  • If young people engage and develop in the arts, they increase their resilience, capacity and agency, to live well and lead, creating more inclusive and vibrant communities
  • We need the unique perspectives of young people to illuminate where systems and attitudes need to shift and change
  • The arts address social and political inequities, centre and celebrate voices from the margins, and help us to shape the kind of world we all want to live in together

Equity at SKETCH

Our Equity Strategy is intended to guide our program design, engagement practice and strategic plans to increase equity throughout the organization. It’s a long term living and active learning plan to be interacted with and iterated through dialogue with young people, staff and partners.



SKETCH acknowledges that we are living and working in the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, in Toronto (T’karonto – Mohawk term), covered by Treaty 13, which has been stewarded since time immemorial to this very day by the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat, Petun, Seneca and most recently by the Missauagas of the Credit River First Nation and is home to many Indigenous Peoples.

We are learning that this acknowledgement includes respecting Indigenous nationhood and lands as well as the traditional laws, governance and Treaties, standing for their protection.

We are learning these territories are guided by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, a treaty between the Anishinaabeg, Mississaugas and the Haudenosaunee to peaceably share and protect the lands and waters. 

We recognize the violent impacts caused by colonialism that continue to affect Indigenous Lands, Cultures and Peoples. We also recognize the prevalence of racist ideas and policies that have been born of White Supremacy and capitalism that has driven colonization. The racist ideas and policies have led to systemic violence against Black persons and People of Colour.

We seek to live and work in solidarity, building greater awareness, reflexivity and knowledge to support the self-determination, justice and leadership of Indigenous, Black, and all racialized peoples of Turtle Island.

Please connect to Equity at SKETCH to learn more about and engage with our intentions to build social and racial equity.”

Artwork by Maanii Oakes