Programs

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Creating Against the Odds

During this Pandemic, we want to fuel young people’s creativity for the next 8 weeks from May 18 to July 10.

Join us in these….

 

All SKETCH Studio Programs are FREE!

Programs are by Zoom, Instagram Live or pre-recorded for Youtube.

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Download the printable calendar here.

Monday

12pm

Music Mondays

12pm

Via IG and FB. Listen to inspiring young musicians! New releases weekly. Nominate yourself - communications@sketch.ca for info.

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Tuesday

2pm

Art for Change in the Heart of a Pandemic

2pm

What does art for social and ecological change look like amidst a global pandemic? How do we use our skills to influence politics, organize our communities and uplift our kin? A weekly gathering to germinate new arts for social change projects. 

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Free Referrals Counselling

2pm

By Phone only. Make an appointment to meet remotely with Sandy Watters from CTYS for referrals to resources and supports. Sign up - sandy.watters@ctys.org.

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5pm

Visual Arts Hangout with Jess

5pm

Explore different forms of artmaking together in a small-group visual arts session. Email jess@sketch.ca for info.

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What's Cooking? with Quina

5pm

Via IGTV. Culinary workshops online! Learn how to cook delicious meals using easily-accessed ingredients. Email quinatzin@sketch.ca for more info.

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6pm

Vocal Revolution with Gehan

6pm

Via Zoom. Innovative vocal training with Gehan! For folks who want to explore their own voice, have fun and gain skills as they do it. Email michael@sketch.ca for info.

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Wednesday

1pm

Arts Presents Mentorship

1pm

Via Zoom. One-to-one creative mentorship with artists registered for the Arts for Social Change Arts Production Residency and the Art in Pandemic artist feature. By registration only, email sarah@sketch.ca for info.

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Sonic Mentorship

1pm

Via Zoom. Explore digital music production, songwriting techniques and get feedback on your recorded music in 1:1 sessions. By appointment only, email michael@sketch.ca for info.

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2pm

Transformative Justice Learning Space

2pm

Via Zoom. A weekly online space for emerging leaders to talk about Transformative Justice, healing, accountability and care in these times of social isolation. We know our communities are particularly vulnerable right now - to scarcity, lack of safety, increased policing. Let's come together to process, share ideas & strategize together.
 By sign up only. Email julian@sketch.ca for more info.

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6:30pm

Right to Dance with ILL Nana

6:30pm

Via Zoom. Come learn Contemporary Dance in an affirming environment for LGBTQ & BIPOC folks. This class draws from various movement techniques including: modern, contemporary, kung fu, hip hop, street styles, & ballet, to create a hybrid form of contemporary dance. Email Julian@sketch.ca for info.

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Thursday

2pm

Arts for Social Change Arts Production Residency

2pm

Via Zoom. Artistic residency focused on producing art focused in activism and social change. By registration only, email sarah@sketch.ca for info

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5pm

Making With Place Research Residency

5pm

Via Zoom. Explore artistic practice as research, artistic production and public presentation. By registration only, email phyllis@sketch.ca for info

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5pm-6:30pm

Apocalyptic Arts

5pm-6:30pm

Via Zoom. DIY crafting! Weekly workshops with guest artists on textiles, haircutting, culinary arts, crafting & more. Email lydia@sketch.ca for info.

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SKETCH COMMUNITY UPDATE (as of August 14, 2020)

Thanks to all who participated in Creating Against the Odds! Our online experiments offered May, June and July. Thanks to everyone who made those experiments during these challenging times.

SKETCH studios at 180 Shaw Street will remain closed to public access until further notice. We are forced in this time of pandemic to rework and consider our sustainability given public health priorities and resources. We will keep you posted on new designs in September.

Connect here for wellness supports.

We've launched our Equity at SKETCH Web page to be in dialogue with you about our Equity goals.

Black activists and communities everywhere are working hard to lead all society to call out and authentically address the violent impacts of White Supremacy in policing, justice, education, health, community and in all systems and infrastructures across Turtle Island (North America). Anti-Black racism is deeply embedded in every fabric of our society. This, as well as our violent colonial legacy of Indigenous erasure, constant gender discrimination and violence, and the violence and mistreatment of those in the disability community, are pervasive pressing truths that we need to face and address, daily, to make change in real ways. We need boldness, energy, honesty, deep listening and accountability, to generate sustained action and inversions of power in the immediate, medium and long term.

What can a community-engaged arts organization in Toronto like us do, to take up its role in this critical renaissance of justice? Join us in learning together with us, what this means.

SKETCH is deeply committed to supporting, learning from and amplifying the brave and creative leadership of young Black Artists and Activists. Check out Art in Pandemic and be inspired by the incredible work of young artists creating during this time.

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.

Follow us at @SKETCHToronto, and reach out if you have any questions at info@sketch.ca.

Please support us to be a just, accountable and vibrant arts platform for young people on the margins! We need your help now more than ever!

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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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