On Thursday August 23, 2012, the T.O. Light the Night Team had the opportunity to visit with the good folks at SKETCH. This wonderful Toronto-based organization creates opportunities for street involved and homeless people ages 15-29 to engage in the arts in a cross-discipline studio environment or in the community. Their mission to celebrate the creativity, resilience and diversity of marginalized youth and seeing them as key contributors to culture and society resonated deeply with our theme this year, Young Toronto helping the Youth of Toronto.
Specifically, they provide space for self-expression and skill-building through self-directed time in studio or instructional workshops, art making out in the community, exhibition and sale of artwork, connections to mentorship and apprenticeships in the arts industry, support for education or a career in the arts. SKETCH provides a space to explore and express opinions and ideas through art making , a way to regain privacy or to feel some relief from the pressures of street life, a place to play. It’s NOT just for youth who are or want to be artists, but definitely a place of welcome!
This year SKETCH celebrates its 16th Anniversary and its MOVING…well soon and they need your help! Their destination: The Artscape YoungSpace, with over 7500 square feet, this is going to mean “More space for more culture makes”.
To learn more about their programs or how you can get involved with SKETCH, check out their website at www.sketchiswheretheartis.ca
To support SKETCH’s newest initiative or give to this amazing cause, you can donate via our Canada Helps Giving page.