Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship


Be mentored to develop and lead your own community arts project or to create a body of work to showcase, sell to or engage the public



Lead Community-Engaged Arts
  • Learn the principles of Community Arts through trainings or special projects
  • Learn to design and facilitate arts workshops and projects
  • The Community Artist Program will be discontinued in its current form. Congratulations to all who completed that training program these past seven years!
    We will be launching a new Radical Youth Leadership Program in the fall – more info to come on that so stay tuned! 
  • Inquire about our Arts Mentorship Platform (for more info email


Exhibit, Showcase or Sell Your Art
  • Build a body of work in multiple disciplines
  • Learn how to exhibit, showcase and sell your work
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship with seasoned artists and creative entrepreneurs
  • Connect with Exhibition, Commission and Showcase Opportunities
  • Apply to the Independent Studio Program (for more info email
  • Connect with CUE for an Arts Project Grant (for more info email
Market & Vend Your Art
  • Develop your own product line in a particular craft
  • Develop a business and marketing plan
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship
  • Connect with other young entrepreneurs in the arts
  • Connect with Market and Vending Opportunities (for more info email
  • Connect with support to do your taxes in seasonal Tax clinics (for more info email

For more general information on all this contact

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.

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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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