The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project



Designed and built by members of SKETCH Arts Outreach. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

The SKETCH community is diverse, composed of a mosaic of people, making a patchwork quilt the perfect theme for a tutu embellished by young people who live street-involved and homeless. Using open studio time at SKETCH, youth drew, painted, knitted and sewed patches representing a breadth of creativity that links us all together. Some participants made patches, others sewed them onto the tutu and one in particular linked the piece together with a fur waist and hemline.

SKETCH addresses homelessness and poverty through the arts, offering neutral and accessible space that breaks down barriers and encourages community. They celebrate the creativity, resilience and diversity of youth who live homeless and see them as key contributors to culture and society. SKETCH creates art-making opportunities for young people who live street-involved and homeless or who are considered to be at risk.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.