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!
Everything starts with a SKETCH. A sketch is a work in progress; it has rough edges, simplistic lines. It is a gesture of intent. It’s meant to inspire, communicate, share visions, impressions or perspectives. It’s meant as an idea generator, a quick image to illustrate what could be possible. Perfomances from SKETCH20, here and below; above… Continue Reading Everything starts with a SKETCH: Artistic Director Phyllis Novak reflects on #SKETCH20
Hailing from Kitchener, Ontario, Meek has lived in Toronto since 2010 and is an Indie Studio Artist at SKETCH. Passionate about social issues and human rights, he is a loud supporter of the strange, the provocative, the rough and the rowdy, firmly believing that art should ignite a reaction and tell a truth. Meek works… Continue Reading Creativity is about telling the truth
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 (that’s tonight!) at 6:30PM. Today we catch up with Chelsee Livingston, a former SKETCH artist. Currently, I am living on… Continue Reading The arts saved my life—Chelsee’s Art Transforms Story
Every so often, SKETCH highlights a long-time partner or supporter to illustrate how vital our partnerships can be to ignite and sustain SKETCH programs. Today we feature ASSOCIUM, one of our long-standing collaborators. How did the ASSOCIUM-SKETCH relationship begin, and what were the first impressions of SKETCH? SKETCH joined our procurement services division, ASSOCIUM GAIN,… Continue Reading Associum and SKETCH–shared history and values.
Marie Moliner is a lawyer, potter, daughter of immigrant parents, and the former Regional Director General for Canadian Heritage. She discovered SKETCH 17 years ago when she walked into our old homey space on King St. West and was mesmerized by the work and creativity. Recently she raised $7000 for SKETCH at her retirement party.… Continue Reading Making Creativity the First Lens