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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 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 info@sketch.ca.

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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