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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.com

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.

"You really want that utopian ideal of what our world could be? You want to be proudly and ACTIVELY anti-racist, more than fearing being called a racist? I want that for you too. If so, then do the work, educate yourself and others stand by us loudly, consistently, FOREVER." - Clara Amfo, BBC 1 Radio Host

Dear SKETCH Community,

The last two weeks have been yet another reminder that the Black community continues to be under attack by white supremacist systems. SKETCH's board of directors and staff sends their deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who we have most recently lost including Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and D’Andre Campbell, and all those whose deaths have not been televised.

In our grief and anger at these senseless murders committed by the police, SKETCH is ensuring that we stay accountable to our Black youth artists, staff and the Black community at large, by taking swift action to ensure that folks are supported, uplifted, taken care of and their voices amplified, as they continue to organize and march on the front lines for justice.

As an organization that is led by mainly white leadership, we are deeply committed to examining and activating our role as an accomplice to address violence, racism, oppression, and discrimination in our sector, in Toronto and in society generally.

This Means:
  • We will continue to look within and address our own biases and the ways that systemic and structural racism plays itself out in SKETCH;
  • We will increase investment and resources to young Black Artists;
  • We will endorse Black leadership in SKETCH and in arts and culture;
  • We will support self-care and resources for our Black staff; and
  • Our leadership will connect with other white leaders of arts and culture organizations to support Black leadership in the sector with resourced opportunities to lead in meaningful ways.

We want to acknowledge the trauma and grief of those who create with and work at SKETCH, who are Black. We know you endure violence on a daily basis. We want to reach out to support you, stand and work together with you, to fight for justice, for your health, and for your futures.

We seek to learn daily, with you, how to enact a more just present and future. Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for calling us to be better. All of our liberations depend on it.

We join the movements for prison abolition, and for strong redirection of funding for policing to go toward community-based transformative justice efforts.

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.

We encourage the non-Black community members of SKETCH to stand with us and take action by:
  • Educating yourself on the issues;
  • Supporting your Black staff with personal time for self-care;
  • Supporting the community by buying from Black-owned business (which include Black artists at SKETCH);
  • Donating to organizations that are directly supporting Black folks;
  • Reposting and resharing information on your social media feeds;
  • Having constant conversations with your peers, families, and friends; and
  • Signing petitions that call for justice.

With so many ways to actively support the dismantling of systems that continue to oppress the Black community, silence is not an option.

We welcome you all to join SKETCH in allying yourselves with the Black community in the fight for liberation for all, not as a token event, but one that actually leads to a re-education, re-evaluation, and unbiased and selfless action.

In solidarity,

SKETCH Working Arts

Artwork: Egwu Ogwu Mystic Dance by Kanna Anigbogu

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 rudy@sketch.ca.

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 invest@sketch.ca 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

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