Help Sketch Purchase its Home

SKETCH Arts for Homeless and Marginalized Youth is raising $4 million to buy their art studios and keep their transformative programs for youth in the Queen West Neighbourhood.

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About The SKETCH Home

SKETCH engages homeless and marginalized youth through the arts. Our programs have been recognized locally, provincially, and nationally. In 2019 our participant numbers surpassed 1,000.

But with skyrocketing real-estate prices, renting our 9,000 square feet of accessible studio space is no longer sustainable. In five years time, rent will be out of reach and SKETCH will need to disrupt programs to relocate into the broader GTA.

Support our campaign to purchase and secure a legacy space for SKETCH. Keep SKETCH in a neighbourhood youth can easily access, and keep young innovative artists and culture makers here in our Queen West community. Read more about SKETCH here.

23 Years of Impact in Toronto

 

+20K ft2

of studio and creative engagement spaces

+13K

youth participants

+400

youth-led exhibitions, commissions, and events

+1000

volunteers

+500

community partners

View Our History

History of SKETCH

1996

SKETCH founded

1998

200 youth participants

1999

SKETCH opens in historic Great Hall in Queen West

2001

Not-for-profit status

2002

SKETCH transforms 6,000 sq. ft. century-old loft space into studios

2003

Charitable status

2011

Capital campaign launches to build new creative hub in Artscape Youngplace

2012

During construction, creates city-wide pop-up studios to reach broader community

2013

Moves into new 9,000 sq. ft. creative hub in Artscape Youngplace

2014

750 youth participants

2016

Celebrated 20th anniversary

2018

Over 1,300 youth participants

2019

Launch campaign to purchase creative hub from Artscape to ensure a space for the next 20 years

The Impact of The Purchase

Purchasing our space means more of our funding can:

 

Secure a legacy space for the next 20 years

Engage 1,600 youth a year to create, heal and lead through the arts

Provide free weekly skill-building workshops in several arts disciplines

Nurture an accessible, inclusive and creative community hub in the heart of Queen West

Provide mentors for the next generation of artists and leaders

Campaign Target

We will finance $4 million through the following three sources:

 

$1.52M

in capital fundraising

$1.4M

in community impact bonds

$1.1M

in a traditional mortgage (equal to our existing rent payments)

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SKETCH COMMUNITY UPDATE (as of April 2, 2020)

Friends, we hope you are safe and healthy!

SKETCH is taking a pause in its usual programming to respond thoughtfully to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spring and Summer programs will not happen as originally planned.

We are working to create remote offerings such as live streaming, video workshops, and online referrals support (in particular to connect with funds that can support youth, 16-29, during the pandemic).

We are aiming to have some in-person programs up and running by Fall 2020!

Please stay tuned to our social media accounts for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, email us at info@sketch.ca.

IN THE MEANTIME, IF YOU’D LIKE TO SUPPORT OUR WORK ... Please HELP!

Check out our Project Home campaign to help us get home!

We need your support.

Help us to get through this time when all our funding is affected!

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SKETCH celebrates the creativity and resilience of young people during this time (and always)! The ARTS can lead us! Take a listen to this new release from artist, Ben Wood

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