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New Community Arts Programming in October: SKETCH (Toronto)



What is SKETCH doing right now?

SKETCH has officially begun programming at our beautiful new Creative Enterprise Hub at Artscape Youngplace. Our studios continue to be in development, and in the meantime we are running programs such as:

  • Cabinet Academy woodworking
  • Womens’ Songwriting workshops
  • Enviro and culinary arts
  • Visual arts and sculpture
  • Sew Good textiles
  • Community Artist leadership training
  • Music recording and songwriting

Many of these are by registration, but we do have some that are accepting applications and registration now.

What can youth get involved in over the summer?

Upcoming programs that youth can still join:
Music recording program – call 416-530-4401 or email to make an appointment!
Acting OUT theatre and performance– hiring in July!
Community Artist leadership training – open trainings started in July!

What programming is SKETCH offering this fall?
In October, SKETCH will be launching a series of 10-week creative modules in…

  • Visual arts
  • Textiles
  • Music – recording, songwriting, promoting yourself as a musician
  • Industrial Arts – woodworking skill-building
  • Enviro and culinary arts
  • Community Artist leadership training
  • Ceramics
  • Movement Arts

How can you get more information?
Stay tuned to your emails and Like SKETCH’s program Facebook page or take a TOUR of our new studios!
Rose Gutierrez, SKETCH Program Director, will be leading tours for community partners in August and September.

Want to join?
Call her at 416-516-1559 x. 3001 or email her at She can show you our new space, describe the new program format, and give you program info that you can share with youth.”

-submitted by Sonya Reynolds, Program Administrator, SKETCH Working Arts
Read SKETCH’s profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Today!: Arts Educators Institute Workshop: Breaking into the Music Business (AFCY / Toronto)


Workshops for Emerging Artists Working In Education
Facilitated by: Sean Mauricette

Sean’s workshop will focus on arts and opportunity. He will use personal real life stories and learning experiences to help drive home key messages of what it means to support yourself and stay true to who you are while constantly finding ways to create opportunity. From acting to hip-hop to graphic design to working with youth, he has them covered! There will be an extra emphasis on the music business. Sean will touch on topics such as: marketing, leadership, networking and different ways to get paid.

About the Facilitator:
Sean Mauricette is a multi award-winning motivational speaker, actor, producer and youth worker. Sean has received 12 awards for his work since 1999 and is continuing to build as he is currently working on his first book and app.

Breaking into the Music Business
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Studio 408 (4th floor)
401 Richmond Street West

Light refreshments provided.
Space is limited.

To register for this workshop contact: Brittany Turner at 416-929-9314 x 109 or

Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) is an award-winning organization whose mandate is to engage young people living in priority neighbourhoods in high-quality, accessible arts educational programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. AFCY positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering marginalized children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors.”

-submitted by Stephanie Aranda, Arts for Children and Youth
Read Arts for Children and Youth profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Sudbury Youth Rocks Program

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at Artbridges.

sudburyyouthrocks-logoSudbury Youth Rocks Program is run by a group of volunteers dedicated to assisting young people by using their experience as musicians to teach not only music, but life skills, self-esteem, positive peer pressure and community service. Currently the participants are writing, recording and producing their own compositions based on bullying, self-esteem and teen suicide which will be used on a rock musical to be performed by the youth.

‘Producing Harmony’ is a documentary about Sudbury Youth Rocks Program. It was produced through funding provided by the John Howard Society of Sudbury. Film Credits are Emma Hockney and Christine Stewart from Laurentian University Film Studies Course. Watch ‘Producing Harmony’ here

To read more about the Sudbury Youth Rocks Program, please see their profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Free Evaluation 201 Workshop for Youth (ArtReach Toronto)

ArtReach Toronto logo“Are you running a project or program in your community? Understand the reasons for and basics of evaluating your program? Wondering about the best ways to plan your evaluation activities and get the info about the effectiveness and success of your work?

In this higher level workshop, respected evaluation consultants Margo Charlton and Fiona Scott will help us delve further into the topic than our earlier Evaluation 101 workshop. Participants will examine evaluation tools, have an opportunity to design tools such as surveys and questionnaires, and create overall evaluation plans for their programs.

Date: Thursday, Sept 4 2014
Registration/Food: 5:30pm
Workshop Start Time: 6:00pm SHARP!
Location: Metro Hall (55 John St), #308


Space is limited so register today!

Evaluation Consultants Margo Charlton and Fiona Scott

This workshop is part of the larger GOAL (Grassroots Organizing and Leadership) Youth Workshop Series being organized by a collaborative group made up of youth organizations and funders. A certificate will be provided to participants who attend 5 or more workshops in the series. For more information, contact Education Manager Irfan Ali at

The GOAL Youth Workshop Series is presented by ArtReach Toronto in partnership with Grassroots Youth Collaborative, City of Toronto, For Youth Initiative, and Toronto Community Foundation. We would also like to acknowledge our funding partners, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Laidlaw Foundation, without whose support this project would not be possible.”

-from ArtReach Toronto’s newsletter
Read ArtReach Toronto’s profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Halifax’s First Earth Loom & the 4Cs Foundation Art Bikers

“Have been you wondering what the 4Cs Foundation Art Bikers have been up to this summer? Watch the video above for a recent example!

Yesterday the Art Bikers with youth and Farm participants built and installed an large Earth Loom. (This project was inspired by the EarthLoom Foundation in Belfast, Maine, USA. )

The loom is permanently installed at the Common Roots Urban Farm. We are so excited to have built Halifax’s first Earth Loom and invite you & your family to the Children’s Garden to weave on the loom.”

Video Credit: Geoff Davies
-submitted by Terri Whetstone, Executive Director, 4Cs Foundation

Read 4Cs Foundation’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Weekly Community Arts Trainings (SKETCH Working Arts, Toronto)

sketch-logo-2Here’s a great learning opportunity from SKETCH, as they’re offering weekly community arts training workshops to youth on the margins. The trainings have facilitated discussions around equity, intersectionality, accountability strategies, and more. To stay in the loop of future training sessions, subscribe to SKETCH’s newsletter or visit SKETCH’s website.

SKETCH Working Arts provides arts engagement for youth living on the margins with arts based programs. The Community Arts Trainings, housed within the Community Arts Program, provide FREE training to youth aged 19-29 on various topics that are important for any community arts workers such equity and inclusion, facilitation and organizing, artistic development and entrepreneurship. These trainings are useful for anyone who is an artist regardless of art discipline and anyone who uses art as a tool for social change in their communities.

Artscape Youngplace,
SKETCH Working Arts’ Creative Enterprise Hub,
Lower Level,
180 Shaw Street,
Toronto, Ontario,
M6J 2W5
(This venue is wheelchair accessible and all gender washrooms are available)

When: Wednesdays, 2-5 pm
Who: Youth 19-29, who identify as living on the margins

Take 5 or more of SKETCH’s Community Art Trainings and you will receive a certificate from AVNU!
Listings of upcoming workshops and activities that qualify for a certificate can be found on the AVNU website.

If you have questions about getting certified by AVNU, please contact
For more information about upcoming modules or about any access needs email Naty at!”

-submitted by SKETCH Working Arts

PYE Newsletter: The Social Arts Movement is Catching Fire Around the World (Canada & Int’l.)

Partners for Youth Empowerment recently sent out their summer newsletter that showcases the amazing work that they’ve done around the world, click this link to their latest newsletter to learn more about PYE and to subscribe to their newsletter to follow PYE’s activities in Canada and beyond. Their Creative Facilitation workshops in Toronto take place in November, so register soon if you’d like to attend!


-posted with permission from Katie Jackson, Partners of Youth Empowerment

Help get BluePrint Pathways in Youth Correctional Facilities (Canada-wide)


“Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor, a longstanding B-boy, social worker, and founder of BluePrintForLife, is turning to crowdfunding for his organization’s latest non-profit venture, BluePrint Pathways, a Hip Hop social outreach program for incarcerated youth. With 30 days to raise funds to bring this program to youth correctional facilities across Canada, Leafloor is sharing his vision in hopes of garnering support for an innovative approach to enable social change and positive mental health.

A national award-winning youth outreach organization, BluePrintForLife is turning to crowdfunding to expand their work under a new non-profit, BluePrint Pathways, addressing the issue of mental health in youth correctional facilities. Through a 5-day intensive Hip Hop program integrating Hip Hop artforms (bboying/bgirling, beatboxing, and spoken word) with discussions surrounding topics such as anger, violence, sexual abuse, and addiction, Leafloor and his team of artistic educators and outreach workers aim to reach the minds of youth in custodial settings and to set them on a path to healing, resiliency, and regaining control of their lives.

With funding from the Guns, Gangs and Drugs component of the federal government’s Youth Justice Fund, BluePrintForLife is tailoring and evaluating their programming to meet the needs of gang-affiliated youth in maximum security facilities across Canada over the next three years. Unfortunately, the funding falls a bit short of providing some of the resources needed to implement the project as widely as they had hoped, such as staff travel and accommodation costs, and t-shirts for the hundreds of youth they will be working with. Thus, they are turning to, a crowdfunding platform for global social entrepreneurs and impactful changemakers.

When asked about the link between crowdfunding, social good, and Hip Hop, Leafloor noted “Hip Hop is supposed to be about community – but we are also a community that sometimes struggles on a personal level. With the potential of reaching an incredibly large audience through crowdfunding, even a dollar from peeps can make a difference. Hip Hop is changing the world.” Recognizing Hip Hop as a language that resonates with youth everywhere, Leafloor’s vision of “no youth left behind” is a call to action for the global Hip Hop community, supporters of socially innovative approaches, and the general population to give these youth access to a program that can really make a difference in their lives.

In line with guidelines, projects have a set number of days to reach the tipping point, the minimum amount to do some good, or the project receives nothing and the costs to provide these programs will still need to be covered. The BluePrint Pathways campaign has a 30-day fundraising window, from start to finish and is trying to reach the minimum of $7000 before August 15. Under a rewards-based funding model, contributors not only get to feel good, but they also get a thank you gift based on the reward level – clothing, photograph prints, personalized thank you videos, and even a keynote speech and facilitated arts-based workshop for larger corporate donations.

The programs are set to run in Canadian youth prisons starting this fall if successfully funded. To learn more about the organization, readers can visit the BluePrint Pathways pitch page here:

Blueprintforlife logo

About the BluePrintForLife founder:

Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor has a Masters Degree in Social Work and over 30 years experience as a social worker. Stephen has also been an active participant in the Hiphop culture as a dancer since 1982 and completed his master’s thesis on this culture and its importance for educators and social workers in 1986. He was recently appointed as an “Ashoka Fellow” for Canada, one of the world’s most prestigious organizations for international outreach helping to connect social entrepreneurs who have system-changing ideas with supportive business, academic and public sector partners. In 2012, he was selected as one of Canada’s “Top 45 over 45” for Zoomers magazine.

As co-founder of the Canadian Floor Masters, (Canada’s oldest B-Boy / breakdance crew 1983), Stephen has performed for James Brown, Rapper IceT, Grandmaster Flash, BlackEyed Peas and George Clinton.

Pictures and videos available upon request. See more at the BluePrintForLife website for descriptions, pictures, videos, and evaluations of our past work:

The Campaign Updates and Announcements Page:

First hand experiences from a pilot program at the Calgary Young Offenders Centre (from The Ashoka Network’s Play Exchange Blog for innovative ideas in health):

-press release and photo submitted by Stephen Leafloor, BluePrintForLife
Read BluePrintForLife’s profile and Arts Health Network Canada’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map