Programs

SHARED MENTORSHIP PLATFORM

SKETCH supports arts and culture initiatives that prioritize young people with lived experience on the margins, to be leaders in their communities.

These initiatives address systemic barriers and increase access in marginalized communities to equitable opportunities in arts and culture.

We offer charitable governance, fiscal and legal responsibility, as well as mentorship, coaching and support in project development, administration and management.

 

In 2019:

  • 50 young people led 16 initiatives on our Shared Mentorship Platform
  • Engaged 1172 other young people directly in activities which reached anotherĀ  89,000

Groups on the Shared Platform

Rainbow’s Pride in Scarborough

 

 

 

Arts-based programming and Pride events for LGBTQ* youth with disabilities in Scarborough.

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Facebook
Twitter

ODE (Remembered Voices)

 

 

(re)connections with Indigenous culture and community, engaging Indigenous 2Spirit Youth.

Facebook

Street Voices

 

 

 

New media platform and magazine for creative voices of youth living in shelters.

Website
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Toolbox

 

 

Trade-based program designed to encourage and build healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys in Scarborough.

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Facebook
Instagram

NOOR

 

 

Mentorship program for Black Muslim youth using creative arts to build self-confidence and community networks across Toronto.

Instagram

Maamwizdaa

 

 

Cultural programming for Indigenous parents and children in the Weston Mount Dennis Neighbourhood.

Facebook
Instagram

LiftED By Purpose

 

 

Music mindfulness and stress management for youth formerly incarcerated.

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Vimeo

 

CANVAS Arts Projects

 

 

Arts-based educational programming on gender identity, sexuality, consent and body positivity.

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Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Just Over Music – Music Links

 

 

 

Music industry incubator for youth in the Weston Mount Dennis neighbourhood.

Website
Facebook
Instagram
Soundcloud
YouTube

CUE

 

 

Radical youth-led initiative supporting new generation of young artists who live and work on the margins with arts project mentorship, support and exhibition.

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Facebook
Twitter
The MOEG Twitter
The MOEG Facebook
The MOEG Instagram

ArtReach

 

 

Funding and professional development for community-based arts initiatives that engage youth from under-served populations who have experienced exclusion in Toronto.

Website
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
YouTube

GetREAL Movement

 

 

Focused on combatting 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination and promoting acceptance in schools, summer camps, and workplaces.

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Vimeo

 

Our Self Care Mag

 

 

An accessible and intersectional mental health and wellness multimedia platform created for and by racialized femmes/wom*n/non-binary persons living with and/or experiencing mental health challenges while pursuing total wellness and a balanced lifestyle.

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Project: Humanity

 

 

Original and innovative socially-engaged theatre workshops and performances with youth.

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Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

 

Elevate Equity

 

 

Collective working to directly increase opportunities and reduce barriers in employment for Trans and Non-binary Black, Indigenous, and Youth of Colour.

Instagram

It’s All Queer Pride

 

 

Two-part performance program that seeks to build LGBTQIAP+ participants with the skills for act-development and career development as solo performers.

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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