Skratch is an Edmonton-born, Toronto-based visual, hip-hop and graffiti artist. He’s also the Visual Associate Artist at SKETCH where he facilitates visual- and mural-arts workshops. Here, he chats about his creative process, and how he bridges the gap between graffiti art and traditional Native art. My art practice is a mix of urban aerosol and… Continue Reading Shifted shapes, bodies of art
SKETCH has a lot of gratitude for organizations–both big and small, local and international–that reach out to create charitable partnerships and collaborations that support youth engagement through the arts. For the month of April, Cheaphotels.org will not only spread the news of our work by featuring SKETCH on its global-reaching website, but also donate a percentage… Continue Reading SKETCH Gratitude!
There are 10,000 Homeless youth in Toronto. On any given night, 2,000 will spend the night on the streets. Countless more are Toronto’s “hidden homeless”–living in below-standard housing, shelters or transitional housing. –Covenant House Toronto Canada’s primary response to homelessness is through emergency-oriented service–ICU stays, health buses, soup kitchens. Although these services are essential, there… Continue Reading Partnership bridges youth to technology
Intergeneracial is an oral history theatre project for Black youth supported by ArtReach, the Toronto Arts Council and Platform A partner Jumblies Theatre. The project interviews Black elders and influencers and creates theatre pieces from those interviews, the next one will be performed on April 1 and 2. We spoke to lead artist Fiona Raye… Continue Reading Intergeneracial: Telling the stories of Toronto’s Black Elders through performance
“I feel that art for social change functions as an ecosystem. It is the art of the artists, whether as individuals or collectives, who make it. It is the audiences and communities who are also sometimes the artists.” -Richard Fung, Toward a History of Arts for Social Change in Toronto This year marks the 50-plus… Continue Reading Telling Our Stories: A (very) brief overview of Black activism for Arts and Social Change in Toronto
Tanya Turton is a local artist, activist and entrepreneur. When she’s not at SKETCH facilitating the popular Weave program on Tuesdays, she’s connecting people to a stronger sense of self-love through her beauty workshops and services. We talked to her about her work, activism and the power of storytelling. Tanya Turton Your social enterprise NiaZamar… Continue Reading Redefining Beauty, Empowering Self Love
Victoria Bacnis is a mixed-media visual artist and current Independent Studio artist at SKETCH. We chatted with Victoria on her art, working as a Creative Facilitator, and how a trip to Japan changed her life. Follow Victoria and fellow Indie Studio Artist Nima in their new Youtube webseries “Art Hustle“, as they work on their creative… Continue Reading Stay Passionate and the Rest will Work its Magic
This week, SKETCH features Nima, an Independent Studio Artist and musician who grabs musical inspiration from just about everywhere. Follow Nima and fellow Indie Studio Artist Victoria in their new Youtube webseries “Art Hustle“, as they work on their creative goals at SKETCH. What’s your art practice? I’m a musician. I play the guitar, rap, sing,… Continue Reading The Bits and Pieces to Create
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!