Create possibilities for young people living homeless or on the margins to access and develop their creativity so that they may live well and lead

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How your dollars help

Each year SKETCH provides more than 6000 healthy meals, and runs over 100 arts and skill-building programs. Since its inception in 1996, SKETCH has engaged and empowered over 13,000 homeless or marginalized youth through the arts.

We believe that young people navigating poverty, living homeless and on the margins have unique creativity and perspectives. Their contributions are needed to build an inclusive and vibrant, culture and community.

When you support SKETCH, you create possibilities for young people on the margins to access creativity and succeed.

Contact: or 416-516-1559 x2901

Deepen Your Investment


Make a monthly donation

Monthly giving supports youth participating with nutritious food, access to materials and skill building in the arts, in a supportive community. Monthly donations provide young people with tools to build their future.

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Become a SKETCH visionary

SKETCH Visionaries actively support and champion SKETCH in their communities. SKETCH Visionaries are invited to experience hands-on learning using the same practices, tools, and teaching delivered in SKETCH programs. Visionary investments directly support the SKETCH Community Artist Program.

Hold a fundraiser for SKETCH

Convert any birthday, office party or celebration into an event to support SKETCH!


Donate goods and materials

Below is a list of our current needs. Contact us with your donation ideas so we can confirm our acceptance. We ask you to deliver the donated items as SKETCH unfortunately, cannot pick up material donations.

Contact: or 416-516-1559 x 2901

General needs

  • TTC tokens
  • New and blank t-shirts, clothing, or bags for fabric printing
  • USB keys, blank CDs and DVDs
  • Gift certificates to DeSerres, Above Ground, and other art-supply stores
  • New or gently used sketchbooks, markers, oil, acrylic, and watercolour paints


We really appreciate grocery-store gift cards. As well, these are non-perishable food items our kitchen regularly uses.

  • Canned beans
  • Lentils
  • Pasta noodles
  • Dried rice
  • Oils & vinegars

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Resource Development

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.

Connect here for wellness supports.

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.

Follow us at @SKETCHToronto, and reach out if you have any questions at

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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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

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 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