SKETCH & Hamilton Music Collective

Artist: Antonio Segura Donat

To foster creativity this joyful holiday season, we have donated to Sketch and the Hamilton Music Collective.

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination”hmclogo

Hamilton Music Collective (HMC) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2008 by a local group of musicians, educators and community supporters, who are passionate about music and believe in its transformative power to enrich lives and empower students. HMC’s mission is to invigorate the music scene in Hamilton through professional live performances, education, events, workshops and exhibits.

HMC is a founding member of El Sistema Canada, with ties to an internationally recognized music education program founded in Venezuela. In addition to El Sistema, HMC is a member of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, a collective of arts organizations across the country that create strategies to improve the state of music education in Canada.

A key initiative of HMC is An Instrument for Every Child, a musical education program that introduces young people, including many disadvantaged children, to creative and improvised music, with instruction provided by professional musicians. AIFEC was founded on the principle that music has the potential to enrich every child’s social, emotional and cognitive development and should be accessible to all children in Hamilton. Support for the program, including the purchase of instruments, is provided through corporate sponsorships and partnerships, co
mmunity fundraising events and concerts staged by HMC.


13606851_10153945397207732_8636884276207334856_nSKETCH is a community-arts-development initiative based in Toronto engaging young people homeless and on the margins, ages 16-29, from across Canada. SKETCH 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.

Through a progressive learning framework in community arts that prioritizes equity and inclusion, young people’s imaginations can be invigorated to:

  • increase their health and wellness;
  • increase bridges to literacy and education opportunities;
  • increase creative enterprise and economic self-sufficiency; and
  • increase creative leadership and participation in community.

Registered Name: SKETCH working arts for street-involved and homeless youth

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