Research and Impact Statement for SKETCH
Youth Participation and Profile
The Procession Project
Body, Mind and Garden
Mindful Movement for Pregnant Bodies
Adventures in Sound
Turn Up Your Volume
Community Artist Training Program
Connect to Youth
Wooden it be Nice
Circles of Influence
Individual Giving and Third Party Initiatives
Marketing and Communications
And it has begun – systems and routines being put in place to support the re- homing of SKETCH at 180 Shaw Street. It never takes long to see the spaces explode with creativity and exploration in all forms of art-making.
This quarter, SKETCH fully launched our long-awaited new program framework. The new program format features four days of programs, over a 10-week block, running 3-4 sessions annually. SKETCH program coordinators, artists from diverse communities, volunteers and community partners curate a multi- disciplinary arts platform with the primary goal of build foundational skills, increasing competency and building creative leadership in the arts. This quarter began with orientation sessions, providing a space for new youth and community partners to connect and get informed about the new program. The 10-week block culminated in a celebratory Open Studio event, a public exhibition showcasing completed youth artworks.
The launch of SKETCH’s new program framework calls for close monitoring and evaluation in order to assess and measure our success in achieving our intended goals and objectives. SKETCH initiated two formal projects to assist in gathering direct feedback from participants and various stakeholders.
SKETCH in collaboration with University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) partnered on a research project focused on understanding how creative engagement can develop increased self-concept, social entrepreneurship, agency in community, and overall social inclusion. We received rich data and are in the process of analyzing and developing recommendations that can inform SKETCH’s program design and policy development in the future. The report on research findings will be available next quarter.
As well, staff launched a groundbreaking first this quarter: we’re developing SKETCH’s official Impact Statement. Meeting bi-monthly, representatives from Program, Resource Development and the Board underwent facilitated exercises and discussions to develop a defining statement that succinctly declares what are the measurable results–our impact!–to which SKETCH will hold itself accountable. Also under analyses are constructing the implemented process for success–to be illustrated in a Theory of Change document–and the costs of delivering this impact.
The Impact Statement (to be formally launched in the summer of 2015) will be a practical communication piece that conveys exactly how SKETCH makes a difference in the lives of young people in our communities. Youth, Community Partners, and current and potential donors and funders will get a clearer vision of what our mandate is, how we define success, and what’s in place to measure our success.
The shift into the new space creates a wave of change. Staff must adjust to new practices and find comfort with the space, sharing the space leads to several new challenges for Management. It is critical that we continue to share information with the full staff and rebuild the strength and potential in everything we do.
There has been a significant amount of time spent reorganizing the way the books have been managed as well as development of critical changes in the infrastructure. As well budget development for 2015 and restructuring of Management took a focus so that there would be a more efficient way of working as Co-Direcotrs. After the last few years of being in transition it is good to be settling in and creating new systems to support the growth.
Lower Level Operating
The Lower Level studios began to be fully used during October by SKETCH Programming. During Q4 a lot of energy was set on finding practical solutions for the many uses of specific studio spaces ie: garbage receptacles that make sense for the kitchen, “before you go” signage to remind people of how to close studio spaces. The successes of Q4 was watching the various SKETCH spaces take form and be used in a responsible organized way.
Operations/ SE/ Programming Guidelines
Though Q4 was not focused heavily on procedures and guidelines there was an opportunity to look at procedures that were introduced to see if they were practical for program and SE. During Q4 several procedures needed to change and adapt to suit the needs of hosts, program coordinators, and renters.
Interim Executive Assistant
During Q4 David Yu stepped in as interim Executive Assistant while Hayley Hoskins was away. During this period the focus has been on organizing some of the operations items in the Admin Hub while assisting the directors in financial/ administrative duties.
This quarter, SKETCH saw 1857 visits by 260 youth, 182 of them new to SKETCH.
This quarter’s participation is higher than any time in the last year (total numbers of visits have ranged from 1485-1632 visits per quarter). The numbers of new youth are also comparatively high, due to orientations, events, and focused outreach efforts. The number of individuals is comparatively low; low numbers of individuals and high numbers of visits indicates that youth attending program are coming frequently, engaging more deeply and consistently in the programs on offer. The programs with the highest number of visits are the Community Artist program, CUE, Connect to Youth / Acting OUT, the CA trainings, SKETCH’s mentorship platform for youth-organized initiatives, and the Open Studio event. The programs with the greatest average number of youth per session are the CA trainings, Vocal Jam Choir (an intergenerational program), Krafty Queers and Circles of Influence, the last three of which were facilitated by partner organizations or youth-led organizations on SKETCH’s mentorship platform.
SKETCH is successfully achieving its goal to increase equitable access to diverse groups of youth communities. There has been an increase in youth who identify as trans, two- spirit/gender fluid/gender non-conforming, due to intentional outreach efforts, strengthened partnerships and the inclusion of programs specifically designed for LGBTQ* spectrum youth.
Another trend is the increase of female-identified youth, who now represent the majority of youth in programs. This increase is a direct outcome of our Gender Based Analysis project (starting in 2011) and can be attributed to a special research initiative in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
We have also noted that youth who first attend SKETCH for community-specific programming do often integrate into other programs as well, indicating that efforts for deeper inclusion are proving successful. First nations youth also saw modest increases in participation, presumably because of the Circles of Influence project.
Other demographics around ethnicity remain largely consistent with previous quarters, with most youth identifying as African / Caribbean, followed by European. Housing status remains consistent, with most youth identifying as housed; and employment stats are only slightly different, with most youth identifying as unemployed.
Stats for youth in school have seen a slow but steady increase all year, in response to intentional outreach as well as the addition of evening programs (on Monday nights), which saw especially high numbers of students.
Underpinning support of the new framework is the development of wrap around services. While SKETCH has many years of experience in providing supports and connection to social service agencies, we are taking the time to conduct a needs assessment in this new space to assist us in developing a system of supports that is most relevant to the youth engaged at SKETCH. It is our hope that wrap around services will support youth in navigating better the social determinants of health.
This quarter, SKETCH made 40 referrals to internal and external programs. Of these 40 referrals, 2 were to health & mental health resources, 10 were to youth-focused resources (Partners for Youth Empowerment, Remix Project), 7 were to drop-ins (St. Stephens, Evangel Hall), 5 were for training, employment and education, 3 were for food security (St. Francis’ Table), 3 were to arts resources, and 10 were internal (referrals between SKETCH programs, referrals to CUE grants).
The Procession Project: visual art and exposure to practicing professional artists
The Procession Project explored the artist’s practice through gallery visits, artist talks, and studio discussions on how ideas are conceptualized in various media. Youth explored printmaking (lino and silkscreening), drawing and painting with acrylic. Trinidadian artist and carnival “Mas Man” Marlon Griffith joined for several sessions to facilitate mask printing and construction. This series also exposed youth to professional artists through artist talks and gallery tours: performance artist Alvis Choi and textile artist Jerome Havre attended to share and discuss their work; and youth attended shows at the Design Exchange, Artscape, Koffler and Topology.
SEWgood: foundational skill-building in sewing and textile-based art
Through the SewGood, youth progressively built skills in sewing and textile arts through projects such as decorative pillows, collage, pattern drafting, machine use, sock monkeys, LED wearable technology bracelets and zippered pouches with an eventual goal to vend finished products. •
Body, Mind and Garden: community gardening and environmentally-engaged art
This quarter’s enviro-arts series was themed “Body, Mind and Garden”. This being the harvest season, they began by running a series of Natural Beauty Lab workshops, using garden plant life and kitchen basics to make exfoliates, skin ￼￼￼￼￼￼softeners, make up, salves, lip stain and eye shadows. This was followed by the development of a mixed-media installation housed in a refurbished water fountain in the Project Studio. The figurative sculpture was made from Sculpy, plaster, clay, dried and fresh plantlife, reclaimed materials, plaster, oil paint, and a fountain, which provoked issues around home and homeslesness.
Culinary Arts: preparing healthy and hearty meals for youth
This quarter, the Culinary Arts program was revamped with a new coordinator, Justin Richardson, and the triumphant return of Associate Artist Ezekiel Hersi. They have focused on setting up the new kitchen, preparing healthy meals for program, and developing a series of Culinary Arts workshops, to run in the coming quarter.
Mindful Movement for Pregnant Bodies: yoga and hypnotherapy with pregnant youth
Mindful Movement was SKETCH’s first series designed for pregnant youth, and was a part of SKETCH’s research project with University of Toronto. Participants explored strategies to manage the discomforts of pregnancy, developed tools to assist in relaxing during labor and delivery, and learned yoga moves designed to connect with ones new body and baby.
Watah Theatre: movement and multi-arts using The Sorplusi Method
The Watah Theatre Project explored theatre, movement and poetry using The Sorplusi Method, a framework using self-actualization, art creation and mentorship that emerges out of dub poetry and dub theatre. Youth developed self-expression, movement, critical-thinking and communication skills while making work on the themes such as orality, elders, integrity and more.
Chrysalis: a creative arts incubator for transfeminine youth
This quarter, SKETCH launched Chrysalis, a space for transfeminine youth to create more inclusive safer space for themselves and foster capacity building and resilience. Through visual arts, improv, theatre, meditation, poetry and free writing, mask-making, and music making, youth created multi-arts final projects on themes of placemaking, inclusion, desirability, love, self acceptance and mortality.
Vocal Jam: circle singing and creative sound play ￼￼￼￼￼￼
Youth join with members of the general public in an intergenerational project to make rhythm, sound, beats and song in this dynamic community experience that draws from traditions of circle singing, improv, body percussion and creative sound play. Youth learn how to lose their inhibitions, make music with others and set their voice free in a fun and supportive group environment. They develop skills in spontaneous song creation, vocal improvisation techniques, vocal percussion, community choir singing, harmonizing and body percussion.
Adventures in Sound: music exploration, skill building and recording
This quarter, music programming began in SKETCH’s new recording studio, with a weekly roster of live cross-genre jamming, beatmaking workshops, guitar lessons, vocal lessons, and more. The new recording studio is impressive, with all instruments and an impressive new control booth, and recording will start in the next quarter.
Turn Up Your Volume: professional development for independent female musicians
In TUYV, female-identified artists learned everything they needed to know about being an independent musician, from songwriting and releasing tracks to promoting music. Youth developed press kits, learned beatmaking, learned about the recording process and technology, as well as writing, composing and arranging songs. Each youth left the program with an original demo song, an artist press kit, and access to professional resources.
Community partners: Guest artists Denis Thomas and Kerri North, placement Claire Whitehead.
Market/Gallery: professional development for careers in the arts world
The Market/Gallery program connects youth artists with vending and exhibition opportunities. This quarter youth were connected with exhibition opportunities through Justice for Children and Youth and the George Brown College Program Support Community Partnerships Office. In addition, a former MG youth reconnected, and reported that they had landed a cafe exhibition in Kensington Market and used skills they accessed directly from the program to present and install their show. o
Open Studio: a community event showcasing youth artwork and SKETCH programs
Open Studio, held the evening of December 18, was an end-of-quarter celebration and culmination of the quarter’s roster of programs. Each program ￼￼￼￼￼￼6 exhibited or demonstrated the work created in their series: beautiful visual art made in Circles of Influence, by the Community Artists, and in the Procession Project; lively live jams in the music studio; performance art by Chrysalis youth in the Movement Studio, and so much more. The event was a huge success, with over 200 people attending – SKETCH youth artists, new youth (brought by friends who already participate), community partners, funders, individual donors, and curious members of the general public.
Community Artist Training Program: training and mentoring youth leadership
The theme for this quarter’s series of Community Artist training workshops was “Planning & Facilitation for Community Arts Projects”: including community organizing, facilitation (meetings, group decision-making, navigating conflicts), workshop and project development, outreach and event planning. Throughout the series, youth created well-developed worksplans for community arts projects, workshop outlines, and arts-based curricula. o
Connect to Youth: youth-led theatre workshops to create systems change
In Connect to Youth/Acting OUT, young people with lived experience in the social service sector are trained to use theatre to engage in system change. Through trainings that built improvisation and communication skills, youth worked together to share their voices and knowledge with service providers. Professionals working in youth-serving organizations had the opportunity to learn practically, by interacting in “real-life” scenarios created by system-wise racialized, queer, trans, and marginalized system-involved young people. This quarter, C2Y ran workshops with Lawyers Across Ontario thought an Ontario Bar association presentation, and with housing workers through the Training Essential Skills for Housing Help program at RENT community organization. They also won the Justice for Children and Youth Advocacy Award!
Wooden It Be Nice: emerging youth-led carpentry creative enterprise
Following the completion of Cabinet Academy, the Cab Acad youth participated in the Street Kids International entrepreneurship training in the 3rd quarter, and were awarded a $500 investment grant! This quarter, two of the Cab Acad youth continued as Wooden It Be Nice, an emerging carpentry creative enterprise. They spent this quarter contracted by SKETCH to finish building the screenprinting area, including shelves, cabinetry and printing boards. They also received commissions, such as a sandwich board for a local jewelry store. WIBN continued to develop the structure of their creative enterprise.
Krafty Queers: arts and crafts skill share for LGBTQ and allied youth
This quarter, Krafty Queers–part of SKETCH’s mentorship platform–brought their programming to SKETCH in weekly crafty workshops, facilitated by queer and ally youth around the themes of healing, recollection and chosen family. Arts media ranged from hand and machine sewing (to make cloth affirmation pouches), ceramics (to make commemorative plates), book binding and decoupaging, holiday cards to send to LGBTQ prisoners, and stencilling.
Street Voices: creative writing and performance workshops
Street Voices–part of SKETCH’s mentorship platform–uses creative writing workshops, a website, a series of videos and a print magazine as platforms for marginalized youth to get their voice out. This is another youth-led series, and as such inspires youth participants to envision themselves as facilitators and young leaders through witnessing their peers as youth organizers. Through workshops exploring different writing techniques and live performance, youth develop poetry, write song lyrics, and explore performative storytelling and stage presence.
Just.Clay: creative enterprise Incubator for ceramics-based creative enterprise
Just.Clay continued their twice-weekly drop-in ceramics workshops for the public throughout this quarter, maintaining a consistent presence and building a customer base. Each collective member completed the kiln firing training at Evergreen, and so can begin firing their own work, a great new professional skill. They hosted a booth in the Farmer’s Market on the Day of the Dead celebration, selling sculpted skulls and inviting the audience to paint them.
Circles of Influence: artmaking exploring colonialism and inter-cultural dialogue
Circles of Influence is a collaboration between Canadian Roots Exchange and artists Liz George (Aanishnawbe, German/Dutch) and Lindsay DuPré (Métis-Cree). Six Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth artists joined to exchange ideas, knowledge, experiences and personal stories, and then collectively create a leather-based art installation. Complex colonial histories helped to inform the use of leather as a medium. The final installation was a grouping of circles containing leather (deer, elk, cow, etc) and found object elements, hung close together in a free-moving manner.
CUE: mentoring and launching the careers of youth artists on the margins ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
This quarter, the CUE coordinators worked individually with artists as they produced their projects, offering artistic and career support in multiple ways, and getting them ready for exhibition. The Margin of Eras exhibition featured the work of 34 youth, including visual artists, writers and musicians, and was preceded by a political infiltration performance project, which capitalized on the election to attract attention to CUE. They also ran an application round for a series of Creative Enterprise micro-grants, awarding grants to 10 emerging artrepreneurs. CUE also partnered with SKETCH to provide access to SKETCH studios for select CUE artists, such as independent studio time in the recording studio and ceramics studio.
Community Partners: East Metro Youth Services, Council Fire, Miz wWe Bik Aboriginal Employment and Training, Nia Centre, West Side Arts Hub.
Individual Giving & Third Party Initiatives
Summary: We raised $102,768 in the fourth quarter of 2014, which represents a major increase from the previous year’s fourth quarter ($56,028). While we raised a total of $180,590 in 2014, we raised $152,475 in 2013. A few things to note, indicating some reasons for the fourth quarter increase include the following:
4th Quarter Breakdown
Major Activities in the 4th Quarter
Marketing & Communications
Official SKETCH Fundraising Events and Initiatives
3rd Parties in Q4
Continued development – on SKETCH blogging, design, the Monthly SKETCH, social media and messaging; Communications Team – now officially handles several Program communication tasks;
Graphic Design ￼
Social Enterprise Build / Construction