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 relationship 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!
Ezra is a writer, poet, spoken-word artist and a Winter Indie Studio Artist-in-Residence. They share with us why therapeutic art is important in the process of growing with traumatic experiences. Follow them on on Facebook and Instagram at @EzraWrites. My practice is in writing, visual art, and performance art specializing in poetry and spoken word.… Continue Reading Art as a coping mechanism for life
“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
Angie Kamal is a visual artist and Indie Studio artist-in-residence at SKETCH. She tells us about her creative process and why art gives her purpose and improves her mental health. To see more of her art, follow her on Facebook and Instagram. My art is very much a reflection of the different phases and growth… Continue Reading Art is a reflection of my growth
Gloria “Glowz” O’Koye is a writer, spoken-word artist and current SKETCH Indie Studio artist-in-residence. She designed and created her own greeting cards which are on sale for $5. If you would like to purchase one, please contact her through her Facebook page. Here, she shares her thoughts on creativity, and her hopes that her own… Continue Reading Your art will save lives
Parkour is the latest movement workshop at SKETCH this winter. It takes place offsite at the Monkey Vault. We spoke to Mandy Lam, Toronto Parkour facilitator, about the history of Parkour, the impact it’s had on SKETCH youth, and why it’s an art form to her. Snapshots of the first day of SKETCH Parkour session at… Continue Reading Youth build strength and willpower through Parkour!