At-Risk-Youth Create Art for Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games

Nestled in the lower Ossington neighborhood, SKETCH has been engaging homeless and at-involved youth between the ages of 16 and 29 for over 19 years. Offering diverse, arts-based programming including music, movement, visual arts, creative writing, culinary arts and more, SKETCH has worked with more than 8,000 youth since its inception.

This summer, SKETCH is hitting the streets to showcase the works of its talented students, as part of the Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games street procession, Ring of Fire. Working with internationally renowned artist Marlon Griffith, SKETCH students will create masks, costumes and accessories for the procession, using a fusion of painting, drawing, textiles and print making.

Second Harvest provides the food for all SKETCH programming and has been delivering to the organization for over nine years.

“You can’t create art without having the nourishment you need,” says Jonsaba Jabbi, Communications Assistant at SKETCH. “For some youth, lunch at SKETCH may be the only meal they have for the entire day.”

See the Ring of Fire procession at Queen’s Park on Sunday, August 9th at noon.