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SKETCH Working Arts for 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.

24 Years of Impact in Toronto


+20K ft2

of studio and creative engagement spaces


youth participants


youth-led exhibitions, commissions, and events




community partners

View Our History

History of SKETCH


SKETCH founded


200 youth participants


SKETCH opens in historic Great Hall in Queen West


Not-for-profit status


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


Charitable status


Capital campaign launches to build new creative hub in Artscape Youngplace


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


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


750 youth participants


Celebrated 20th anniversary


Over 1,300 youth participants


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 1,100 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:



in capital fundraising


in community impact bonds


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

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