We see a movement where young people are celebrated and engaged as culture makers, perception changers and collaborators in building creative communities.
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:
If young people create and develop in the arts, they will lead radical art to transform lives and communities.
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.