Fundraising Events

When it comes to fundraising events, SKETCH is inspired by the advocacy and creativity demonstrated by our donor community. From industry-wide gallas to small-group birthday celebrations, SKETCH has been at the receiving end of a diverse collection of innovative and engaging fundraisers.

A few past fundraisers include a speed-painting tournament hosted by Indie88, a silent-auction led by ARIDO (the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario), a Drake-run poetry slam, and a fashion show organized by students at the Toronto French School.


Art by Designers, hosted by ARIDO, 2019

The closure of our studios due to the emergence of COVID-19 has reinforced the creativity and resiliency inherent within SKETCH. As social distancing measures continue, we see this same adaptability and commitment exhibited by our donor community as they look towards transforming their in-person fundraisers for the digital sphere.

Case in point, this past July the artists behind the podcast Tits and Teeth ran an all-day fundraiser which raised nearly $2,000 for SKETCH! Dance for Impact was an all-day dance class, taught by some of the absolute best from Canada and North America. Running from 10am onwards, participants were given the option to tune in for an hour, or make a day of it!

Interested in throwing a fundraiser to support SKETCH? Find out more on our website or email to chat about how you plan to make an impact through an online fundraiser. 

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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