Julian Diego is a Program Coordinator at Sketch Working Arts. Julian Diego is a Program Coordinator at Sketch Working Arts, where he has been focussing on supporting youth through movement arts, such as kung fu, dance and theatre. SKETCH is a community-arts development initiative for young people, ages 15-29, who are homeless or living on the margins. Based in Toronto, SKETCH engages youth from all over Canada. The initiative creates equitable opportunities for diverse young people to experience the transformative power of the arts, to develop their leadership and self-sufficiency, and to cultivate social and
environmental change through the arts.
SKETCH celebrates and proliferates its community-arts practice with partners in various Canadian towns and cities to build a movement where young people, free from barriers, are celebrated and engaged as culture makers, perception changers and collaborators in building creative community. It has been recognized locally, provincially and nationally for its unique, capacity-focused approach to youth engagement and organizing through the arts.
SKETCH also works to mentor and support emerging artists who wish to affect change in the Greater Toronto Area. These collaborative partners include Womynation, creating arts activities for young women of colour; Connect To Youth, creating awareness and advocacy for youth through theatre; and New Eyez, educating the community on barriers newcomer youth face.
SKETCH maintains a strong partnership network to create community supports to marginalized youth in social service, health, environment,employment and education. Every year SKETCH engages 650 to 800 street-involved and marginalized youth, and sees approximately 10,000 visits per year in our community-arts programming. These youth engage in arts exploration and self expression, skill-building and capacity-building projects, career-development opportunities, and youth-leadership training–all while participating in a lively and vibrant community of youth art makers.