Art Salon



Host John Andras Recaps the Concert

This past summer, SKETCH was pleased to celebrate the launch of our new donor and employee engagement event-series- Art Salon! While our studio access remains limited due to COVID-19, this online-event series is an opportunity to share some of the incredible work being created by the young people within our community.

Art Salons are fun and interactive online art workshops or concerts that you can host for your friends as a fun-night in, or for your staff as a needed break from work. Whether you’re settling in for an art lesson or an hour of live music, Art Salons require no special supplies nor experience (just a connection to Zoom!).

In addition to bringing artistic inspiration into the homes of our individual and corporate donors, Art Salons provide professional facilitation and performance experience to the young artists within our community. 

Think you may be interested in hosting your own Art Salon? Maybe two-time host John Andras can make your decision a little easier.

As a longtime supporter of SKETCH, John hosted his second Art Salon on September 24th (following a successful Summer concert). The two concerts raised over $3,000 for SKETCH and the artists we’re continuing to support remotely while our studios have limited public access.

John’s Art Salon featured the music of two young musicians at SKETCH: Renee the Voice and Shanika Maria. Streaming LIVE from SKETCH’s music studio, the two artists were both surrounded  by personal items they had brought from home: including incense and candles.

Renee the Voice

Shanika Marie

We’re thankful for longterm donors like John, and the ongoing work they do to advocate for SKETCH and our community. Here’s what John had to say about us:

“For my 50th Birthday, I held a concert at the El Mocambo as a fundraiser for SKETCH. In the more than a decade since, SKETCH has continued to be, in my opinion, one of the most hopeful and impactful charities I have ever experienced. SKETCH works with marginalized youth, using working arts as a medium for expression, healing and growth. In these strange times, SKETCH continues to foster creativity to support its community.”

We make it easy for you to support SKETCH by hosting an Art Salon. We’ll share the official invite for you to distribute to your guests with the event details, donation portal, and videos of SKETCH’s impact. 

You can hold an Art Salon too!  If you’re interested in hosting an interactive and artistic experience for your friends or colleagues, contact

Want to know more? Read about hosting a fun night-in for your friends here, or a team-building workshop for your employees here.

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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