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About

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

Theory of Change

The Radical Art of Young People Transforms Lives and Communities

 

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

Gratitude

SKETCH acknowledges that we are living and working on Turtle Island on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, in Toronto, (Tkaronto), Treaty 13, that has been stewarded since time immemorial to this very day, by the Anishinaabe – the Haudenosaunee (Wendat, Seneca, Petun), and Ojibwe (Mississaugas of the Credit River) First Nations.

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 recognize the violent impacts caused by colonialism that continue to affect Indigenous Lands, Cultures and Peoples.

We recognized that we have grown up in a racist society and are committed to the work of life-long (un)learning of oppressive systems, attitudes and behaviours, and their impacts.

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

Mural by SKRATCH WON