kumari is a queer, genderqueer, mixed-race, Sri Lankan, multi-disciplinary artist, movement storyteller, food enthusiast and logistics nerd. They are one of the co-organizers of the Unapologetic Burlesque Showcase and collective member of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company. Community taught and held, they are driven by a passion to find balance between logic, creation, learning, healing, critique… Continue Reading Meet kumari, our Culinary Arts Associate Artist!
Learning about equity through play can be fun and engaging. Here are three awesome activities you’ll enjoy playing with family and friends. Circle Singing This calls for improv, body percussion, and creative sound play and is a great way to bring people of all abilities together! Here’s a clip of Vocal Jam, one of SKETCH’s workshops, at… Continue Reading Fun Equity Activities for this holiday season!
You hear the word “equity” a lot these days. We celebrate this. We want to respond and change the inequity that exists in access to resources, opportunities and systems. It’s the starting point for a lot that we do at SKETCH. A good first step to understanding equity, is realizing it’s not the same as… Continue Reading Equity does not mean Equality
“I wish it was longer than ten weeks. It’s helping push us out here onto the right path. No one is there for us who cares like that.” –Jeffery, Lifted By Purpose participant Lifted By Purpose (LBP), SKETCH’s newest collaborative community partner, provides innovative wellness programs for youth, 16-29, that teach stress-management techniques using the… Continue Reading Profile: Lifted By Purpose
Since October, SKETCH partner Krafty Queers has been providing free ASL (American Sign Language) classes to folks in the Social Service field. Social Media Volunteer Bilge Isikdogan sat down with ASL Instructor, Nina Winiarczyk and Krafty Queers Coordinator, Afi Browne to discuss deaf culture and the importance of valuing ASL language in mainstream society. “Imagine… Continue Reading Making spaces accessible through ASL
Firsthand Fair comprises of Linda Rapini and Monica Low, two longtime friends and graphic designers who decided back in 2012 that they wanted to pay it forward and give back to the community. We spoke to Linda, one-half of the Firsthand duo, about her love for SKETCH, for the community, and the possibilities of living… Continue Reading Holiday craft fair duo raise funds for SKETCH for the fourth year in a row!
Lifted Thursdays artist Nick, who also met Lifted by Purpose Program Director Arifah with his friend Jeffrey, shares his thoughts on how exploring music at Lifted Thursdays helps him cope in his own life. Nick I was with Jeffrey when I met Arifah. In the program, we just chill here and tell Miss [Arifah] what’s going… Continue Reading Lifted by Purpose: Nick’s Story
Meet Jeffrey, one Lifted Thursday participant who shares his story on meeting Lifted by Purpose Program Director Arifah and the impact the program has had on his life. Jeffrey I was walking through the mall one time in Scarborough Town Centre and Arifah just started talking to me, asking me why I wasn’t in school. Then… Continue Reading Lifted by Purpose: Jeffrey’s Story
SKETCH is thrilled when folks from the community use their talents and creativity to support arts engagement for youth on the margins. UC Follies supported SKETCH last month with the gory “Evening of the Dead.” To learn how you and your friends or colleagues can support SKETCH this fall, visit our fundraiser page! Take it… Continue Reading UC Follies Puts on a Show for Equity
Lifted By Purpose (LBP), SKETCH’s newest community partner, is an organization dedicated to providing innovative wellness programs for youth, 16-29, that teach stress-management techniques using the arts and other methods of coping–meaningful and sustainable methods to better their chances of living productive and healthy lives. “It came about based off of lived experiences and seeing what… Continue Reading Introducing Lifted By Purpose