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

If young people create and develop in the arts, they will lead radical art to transform lives and communities.


SKETCH's Theory of Change

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


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.


SKETCH COMMUNITY UPDATE (as of May 11, 2020)

We hope you are well and safe during these uncertain times.

SKETCH studios at 180 Shaw Street are closed to public access until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are committed to opening as health and resources allow.

Check out:

Creating Against the Odds

online experiments May 18-July 10

SKETCH amplifies the creativity and resilient leadership of young people with lived experience of the margins! They can lead us through this pandemic and develop the kind of post-pandemic world we want to live in together!

Check out What's Happening with SKETCH to connect to SKETCH online activities and those of partners and young people.

Check out Art in Pandemic and be inspired.

If you have questions about SKETCH's COVID-19 response plan, please follow us at @SKETCHToronto, and reach out if you have any questions at info@sketch.ca.

For those who can donate during these times, please support young marginalized artists! We need your help more than ever!

Donate Now


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