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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"You really want that utopian ideal of what our world could be? You want to be proudly and ACTIVELY anti-racist, more than fearing being called a racist? I want that for you too. If so, then do the work, educate yourself and others stand by us loudly, consistently, FOREVER." - Clara Amfo, BBC 1 Radio Host

Dear SKETCH Community,

The last two weeks have been yet another reminder that the Black community continues to be under attack by white supremacist systems. SKETCH's board of directors and staff sends their deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who we have most recently lost including Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and D’Andre Campbell, and all those whose deaths have not been televised.

In our grief and anger at these senseless murders committed by the police, SKETCH is ensuring that we stay accountable to our Black youth artists, staff and the Black community at large, by taking swift action to ensure that folks are supported, uplifted, taken care of and their voices amplified, as they continue to organize and march on the front lines for justice.

As an organization that is led by mainly white leadership, we are deeply committed to examining and activating our role as an accomplice to address violence, racism, oppression, and discrimination in our sector, in Toronto and in society generally.

This Means:
  • We will continue to look within and address our own biases and the ways that systemic and structural racism plays itself out in SKETCH;
  • We will increase investment and resources to young Black Artists;
  • We will endorse Black leadership in SKETCH and in arts and culture;
  • We will support self-care and resources for our Black staff; and
  • Our leadership will connect with other white leaders of arts and culture organizations to support Black leadership in the sector with resourced opportunities to lead in meaningful ways.

We want to acknowledge the trauma and grief of those who create with and work at SKETCH, who are Black. We know you endure violence on a daily basis. We want to reach out to support you, stand and work together with you, to fight for justice, for your health, and for your futures.

We seek to learn daily, with you, how to enact a more just present and future. Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for calling us to be better. All of our liberations depend on it.

We join the movements for prison abolition, and for strong redirection of funding for policing to go toward community-based transformative justice efforts.

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.

We encourage the non-Black community members of SKETCH to stand with us and take action by:
  • Educating yourself on the issues;
  • Supporting your Black staff with personal time for self-care;
  • Supporting the community by buying from Black-owned business (which include Black artists at SKETCH);
  • Donating to organizations that are directly supporting Black folks;
  • Reposting and resharing information on your social media feeds;
  • Having constant conversations with your peers, families, and friends; and
  • Signing petitions that call for justice.

With so many ways to actively support the dismantling of systems that continue to oppress the Black community, silence is not an option.

We welcome you all to join SKETCH in allying yourselves with the Black community in the fight for liberation for all, not as a token event, but one that actually leads to a re-education, re-evaluation, and unbiased and selfless action.

In solidarity,

SKETCH Working Arts

Artwork: Egwu Ogwu Mystic Dance by Kanna Anigbogu

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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