Arts Transforms is our column series in celebration of our 20th Anniversary featuring the stories of past and current SKETCH participants. Meet Lisa Petrunia, artist and youth worker. Enjoy some of her sculpture artwork below. Why did you come to SKETCH? Originally, I came to SKETCH when I was living on the streets as a young person.… Continue Reading Art is a Safe Means of Expression—Lisa’s Art Transforms Story
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Arts Transforms is our column series in celebration of our 20th Anniversary featuring the stories of past and current SKETCH participants. Join us for our birthday event, SKETCH20: Transformations through the Arts on Thursday, December 1st at 6:30PM. Meet Natasha Segal, our first contributor and one of the original SKETCH-ers. Natasha Why did you come to… Continue Reading Arts A Key to Other Worlds– Natasha’s Arts Transforms Story
“Naty in NY” is a three-part SKETCH blog series chronicling the adventures of SKETCH Program Coordinator Naty Tremblay during their artist residency in New York City. They, along with their twin Joce, are collaborating on a political-performance art piece with performance collective My Barbarian. Hey SKETCH Family, It’s been pretty wild being in New York… Continue Reading Naty in NY: The Performance
The Community Artist-in-Training Program is SKETCH’s year-long internship and artist residency for youth who are navigating poverty or living on the margins. For these artists, this program is an opportunity to build leadership and community-development skills, become community-engaged artists, and further develop their arts practice and careers. Let’s meet these Community Artists (also known as “CAs”).… Continue Reading Meet our new Community Artists!
“Naty in NY” is a three-part SKETCH blog series chronicling the adventures of Program Coordinator Naty Tremblay during their artist residency in New York City. They, along with their twin Joce, are collaborating on a political-performance art piece with performance collective My Barbarian. The first performances start this Thursday, October 20, and Friday, October 21, at 7PM, at… Continue Reading Naty in NY: Can Political Performance make a difference?
Ben is a musician-of-all trades and SKETCH’s Associate Artist who’s been supporting the SKETCH music program for over a year. He holds recording sessions and facilitates Live Jam on Wednesdays from 5pm-8PM in SKETCH’s Slaight Family Studio. Here, he chats with us about his multi-layered art practice and how art has been both cathartic and… Continue Reading Art Makes Sense of Difficult Questions
Amelia is a former SKETCH participant turned lead researcher on a collaborative arts research project called Moving Home. She’s using youth-created art as data for her Masters project in Human Geography at York University. Here, Amelia describes how her time with SKETCH got her to where she is now. When I was 17 in 2002,… Continue Reading From SKETCH Artist to Masters Student
This summer, SKETCH got an email from the guys at Chronic Ink, a local tattoo studio. They wanted to fundraise for youth at SKETCH. They wrote that they knew “what art has done for us and our artists, and we want young people to continue the pursuit.” They were speaking our language. One month later,… Continue Reading Hat Fundraiser yields 700 Tokens for SKETCH
SKETCH is proud to be a key player in a groundbreaking research project designed to keep recently-housed youth from falling back into homelessness. When our City’s services provide youth with basic housing, there are often few supplementary or follow-up supports offered to address new or pre-existing personal challenges. Among those new challenges: home maintenance and… Continue Reading Meet HOP-C: Using art to keep youth housed