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Why Support Us?

If young people engage and develop in the arts, they will enhance their resilience and capacity to live well and lead social change in communities.

We provide space, tools, mentorship and support for youth to find joy, rest, inspiration, learning, friends and community, while they build skills in the arts and leadership that can lead to opportunities for them to move beyond the constraints of poverty, homelessness or marginalization.

SKETCH sees a movement where young people are celebrated and engaged as culture makers, perception changers, and collaborators in building creative community.

“Art is saving my life” – SKETCH Participant

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Invest in young people and their art to transform lives and communities

We provide space, tools, mentorship and support for youth to find joy, rest, inspiration, learning, friends and community, while they build skills in the arts and leadership that can lead to opportunities for them to move beyond the constraints of poverty, homelessness or marginalization.

SKETCH sees a movement where young people are celebrated and engaged as culture makers, perception changers, and collaborators in building creative community.

Health and Wellbeing

Youth gain access to nutritious food, movement and mindfulness programs, referrals for health care, coping strategies for mental health challenges, and a community of peer support. The arts are an essential part of mental health support.

Equity and Inclusion

Young people who identify in lots of different ways are welcomed, included and affirmed for their unique contributions as they make Art. SKETCH is committed to challenging, addressing and reducing systemic barriers, stigmas and oppressions, reaching out to diverse communities, ensuring anti-oppression and harm reduction, and working towards transformative justice.

Education

Youth choose their own learning journeys, connects them to formal and informal education and creates unique ‘accreditation’ or recognition processes with education partners. We help translate skills learned for the workforce, offer first-time employment experiences, and support youth to build creative enterprise or self-employment in the arts.

Community Leadership

Youth assert their creative agency in the world. We support them to navigate systems and resources, connect with peers and adult allies, discover opportunities, and train as leaders in arts activism, facilitation and community development.

Support Elements In 2018

 

5827

Meals

663

Referrals to 1195 youth

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Program partners

SKETCH COMMUNITY UPDATE (as of May 11, 2020)

We hope you are well and safe during these uncertain times.

SKETCH studios at 180 Shaw Street are closed to public access until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are committed to opening as health and resources allow.

Check out:

Creating Against the Odds

online experiments May 18-July 10

SKETCH amplifies the creativity and resilient leadership of young people with lived experience of the margins! They can lead us through this pandemic and develop the kind of post-pandemic world we want to live in together!

Check out What's Happening with SKETCH to connect to SKETCH online activities and those of partners and young people.

Check out Art in Pandemic and be inspired.

If you have questions about SKETCH's COVID-19 response plan, please follow us at @SKETCHToronto, and reach out if you have any questions at info@sketch.ca.

For those who can donate during these times, please support young marginalized artists! We need your help 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 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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