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 another  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.

Website
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.

Website
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.

Website
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.

Website
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.

Website
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.

"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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