Jade Helena is a writer, poet and Community Artist at SKETCH. Her autobiography, The Teen Sex Trade: My Story, will be published this Fall. In the meantime, you can follow her on Instagram or her website, and her hashtags are #stagesbyjadehelena and #authorpoetsurvivor. Read part one of her profile here. Art transformed me into a woman. Before, I… Continue Reading Art helped me trust my intuition (Jade Part 2)
Abigail Cudjoe is a multimedia artist and educator of diasporic heritage. She’s also an Indie Studio Resident at SKETCH Abigail considers the representation of black beauty, aiming to both evoke emotions and connect with the perceiver. In focusing on features that are simultaneously shamed and coveted, Abigail reclaims their perfection. The bold colours and lines intertwine… Continue Reading Art is in the eye of the beholder
Jade Helena is a writer, poet and Community Artist at SKETCH. Her autobiography, The Teen Sex Trade: My Story, will be published this Fall. In the meantime, you can follow her on Instagram or her website, and her hashtags are #stagesbyjadehelena and #authorpoetsurvivor. Read part two of her story here. My art practice right now is novel writing, but… Continue Reading Art is healing (Jade Part 1)
SKETCH welcomes Tara Farahani, Exhibition and Production Developer, and Rinchen Dolma Lama, Arts Mentorship Platform Developer. Their roles are specifically designed to support youth artists get their initiatives off the ground and connect them with opportunities that will help them build their artistic practice and business. An artist at heart and a social worker… Continue Reading SKETCH welcomes Tara and Rinchen!
Julian Diego has been a fixture at SKETCH for over 10 years serving as Program Coordinator. He hosts space for youth to deepen their artistic practice and facilitates our Wednesday morning kung-fu workshop. In this interview, he tells us why it’s important for everyone to have a relationship with their body and shares his excitement… Continue Reading Movement at SKETCH: forming relationships with our bodies
Zahra is a ceramic artist and Indie Studio Artist-in-Residence. Read part one of her profile, Art is My Form of Resistance. Sufi poetry is a big source of inspiration for me. This poetry has been really profound in both helping me uncover layers of myself and my identity, and also to understand my creator as the… Continue Reading Art Keeps My Soul Alive (Zahra Part 2)
Zahra Komeylian is an artist, educator, and social-justice advocate. She recently completed her Master’s of Psychology in Education from Columbia University in New York City. Drawing from the poetry of Sufi poets, and symbolism, Zahra experiments with clay-based contemplative practices which can be used to bolster mental-health resiliency, and develop flow and self-compassion. Her art… Continue Reading Art is My Form of Resistance (Zahra Part 1)
UNITY Charity, one of our awesome community partners, has been providing hip-hop programming to improve the lives of young people and create healthier communities. They will be celebrating their 10-year anniversary at Artscape Wychwood Barns this Saturday, April 29 at 3PM. Visit the Facebook Event page here to learn how you can join the celebration. Follow them… Continue Reading UNITY Thrives at SKETCH
When George Brown Digital Marketing Student Jessica Cho finished her Winter Placement at SKETCH, she left us with a thoughtful letter on her “mind-blowing” experience. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @jeshiki. Hi there, If this winter you saw someone on her phone taking way too many pictures of everything during program hours at SKETCH, that… Continue Reading My Digital-Media Placement at SKETCH!
“My art practice can be called Ayrah Taerb.” That’s how our conversation with artist and kung fu practitioner Ase begins. Ase is an multi-disciplinary artist whom you will most likely find in our Kung Fu workshops led by Program Coordinator Julian Diego. But when Ase talks about Ayrah Taerb, you can sense that this is… Continue Reading Kung Fu practitioner Ase finds the way through Ayrah Taerb