SKETCH Spotlight Scholarships for Black Artists

As addressing social injustice and anti-Black racism takes on new urgency, we need a new wave of creative leaders. Leaders who have experienced the challenges that need to be changed. Leaders who will find new ways to address long-standing issues because of their lived experience.

It takes a visionary leader today to invest in the leaders we will need for tomorrow.

We hope you will lead the way in supporting a generation of young Black leaders by contributing to the SKETCH Spotlight Scholarship for Black Artists.

Each $5,000 scholarship provides young leaders with professional skill building workshops and training, art supplies and materials,  transportation, vending space, mentorship opportunities and pre-packaged meals. As well, participants would have and access to SKETCH’s 9,000 sq-ft space where they can safely develop their body of work towards public presentation.

Our goal is to support 15 young people develop their artistic, life and leadership skills and help them gain the confidence to be among a new generation of leaders who will pave the way to a re-imagined future by championing change at the local level.

Donate to the scholarship fund today at #BlackArtistsMatter


Meet our Matching Donor: Tony Chapman

Tony Chapman is a frequent contributor to mainstream media as the host of Chatter that Matters, and one of the youngest members inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends. Donating both his time and professional expertise to SKETCH, Chapman acts as a vital advisor to the organization. 

During the month of October, Tony Chapman will MATCH any donation made to SKETCH’s Fall Campaign in support of Black artists, up to a total of $10,000. That means that by donating today, you are DOUBLING the impact you have on the Black leaders of tomorrow. 

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.

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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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