No more resting Grinch face! Holiday shopping is about to “sleigh” thanks to SKETCH Working Arts’ ‘One & Only Artist Market’ returning December 9-10, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at SKETCH Studios (180 Shaw Street, lower level).

Gift-givers this year will have the chance to shop from over 40 QTBIPOC emerging artists and creators featuring handmade and unique pieces, including jewelry, ceramics, upcycled apparel, stickers, handmade books, zines and more. Now in its fifth year, 100% of the proceeds from all sales during the holiday market go directly to the artists. 

Open to the public and boasting free admission, the ‘One & Only Artist Market’ is one of the countless initiatives SKETCH offers through its wraparound community arts support that engages Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and other racialized young people so they can meet their basic needs, explore their creativity and become builders of creative communities.

In 2022, SKETCH engaged over 400 program participants and generated $239,740 for young people within the community. As one of the most unique QTBIPOC holiday markets in the city, the ‘One & Only Artist Market’ is a lifeline for artists during one of the most trying financial times of the year. 

For more updates on SKETCH and the ‘One & Only Artist Market’, visit SKETCH or follow SKETCH on Facebook and Instagram

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