SKETCHTalks is a panel-discussion series that brings together leaders from Toronto’s technology, advertising, creative, and not-for-profit sectors to create strategies and dialogue around impact and change-making in the community.

Now in its fourth year, our most recent discussion took place (for the first time ever!) online. On June 19, over 50 people tuned-in on Zoom to witness a panel conversation on The Future of the Creative Industry in Face of COVID-19. Moderated by Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony, guests were joined by three incredible panelists: Adom Acheampong, Scott Pinkney, and Dynesti Williams.

Spanning various professional disciplines, the panelists discussed strategies around creating space for their work in the digital sphere. As an all Black panel, the discussion highlighted the role creative organizations play in prioritizing the existence and visibility of Black joy. The event reiterated the importance of artists in promoting messages of resiliency, strength and endurance.

Read more about our powerful speakers below.

Adom Achaempong



PANELIST: Adom Acheampong, Program Manager, NIA Centre for the Arts

Adom holds an Honours Degree in Arts and Contemporary Studios from Ryerson University. She has worked in an administrative, producing, mentoring, and advisory capacity within the arts and cultural sector. 

As Program Manager at NIA Centre she works to support, amplify, and advocate for artists of the African Diaspora. Adom currently serves as the Chair of the Decent Work Advisory Committee, an initiative of the Ontario Nonprofit Network that works to improve the quality of life of employees within the nonprofit sector. She also sits on the Fund Development Committee for ArtReach.

Adom is an emerging writer, working primarily within short fiction, and was one of four Writers in Residence at Firefly Creative Writing last year. Her work has been published through Broken Pencil Magazine, and she has read her work at a number of literary events throughout the City, including the Tartan Turban Secret Readings, and the Draft Reading Series.

Dynesti Williams



PANELIST: Dynesti Williams, Entertainer | Music & Money Coach,

Dynesti inspires people to reconnect to their higher selves through bold and unapologetic performances, lyrics, videos, workshops, and sonic experiences. She is a fierce entertainer and music & money coach from Toronto with a contagious energy that motivates transformation in those around her. Nicknamed “The Dyna” for delivering energy like food for the soul, Dyna in­vites you to sit at the table of life’s beautiful chaos, using it to sharpen you into a creative business powerhouse.

Scott Pinkney



PANELIST: Scott Pinkney, VP, Executive Creative Director, Publicis Hawkeye

With over 30 years of experience working in New York, the UK and Toronto, Scott is a leading Creative Strategist, Brand Ambassador and Relationship Marketer. In 2015, Scott was brought into Publicis to launch Hawkeye, a new 1:1 Customer Engagement Practice. Scott brings his extensive experience and deep understanding of consumer insights, creative strategy and data intelligence to drive powerful marketing ideas.

Over the course of his career, Scott has worked at some of the industry’s biggest agencies, including Ogilvy, FCB, BBDO Proximity and Publicis Hawkeye. He’s also launched two agencies and had the privilege of judging the inaugural Direct category at the Cannes Festival of Creativity. Scott has co-chaired numerous CMA Conferences, spoken at over a dozen industry events, judged over 50 industry awards and won an impressive array of industry awards. He currently sits on the Board of Governors for the ANA International Echo Awards.

What’s more, Scott’s creativity isn’t reserved for his clients; he is also an accomplished fine artist and his abstract paintings have been exhibited in the U.S.

Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony



MODERATOR: Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony, Grants Manager, SKETCH

Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony is an award-winning Toronto writer, performer, arts educator and community advocate. Paulina is a recognized leader in both the social service sector and arts community and is currently the Grants Manager at SKETCH.

As a grant writer and workshop facilitator, Paulina continues to engage youth and community stakeholders alike through a strong focus on outreach, ensuring funding information is accessible to marginalized communities across Ontario and providing mentorship to those seeking access to funding through grants, proposals and pitches. Paulina believes that funding should be equitably accessible and philanthropy isn’t just about giving money, but rather it’s about investing in and engaging with people that will change our world for the good. 

Paulina is an alumni of the City Leaders Program, a Toronto Community Foundation Vital People Award Recipient and was recognized as one of 150 Black Women Making Herstory (as featured on CBC) for her contribution to building the arts scene in Toronto. She continues to play an integral part in re shaping the social service sector and being a champion for community arts in Toronto.

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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