ONSITE/incite: Art for Social Change

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:30pm to Friday, April 1, 2016 - 12:00am

Join host Amanda Parris for a live taping of CBC’s Exhibitionists:

Thursday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
OCAD University, Great Hall
100 McCaul St. 

Come celebrate art for social change at OCAD University! Join us for this exhibition/performance/conversation to experience how OCAD U students and Toronto’s creative thinkers use the arts to spur positive change in our communities. 

CBC TV’s weekly program, Exhibitionists, features Canadian artists, both emerging and established, as they reshape our country's artistic landscape. The show explores the most exciting cultural happenings across Canada through a passionate lens. 

Event is FREE, all are welcome.
Light refreshments will be served.

Performers and artists:

Joel Zola

Lido Pimienta

Quentin Babatundé VerCetty

Dana Prieto

House of Monroe

Skratch Won

Presented by the Reelworld Film Festival, Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s Art & Social Change program and CBC Inclusion & Diversity.

Reelworld Film Festival
Reelworld Film Festival celebrates films from around the world that explore pressing issues and stories with social impact. The festival features a convergence of film, art, music, technology and conversation - bringing together an inclusive community of storytellers, educators, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, artists and philanthropists, to catalyze social impact through film and storytelling.

Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery exhibits professional artists, designers and digital media makers, serving the OCAD University community and the general public. In preparation for the launch of Onsite Gallery’s new location in May 2017, our 2016 ONSITE/ programming imagines and creates what a public gallery can be.

Onsite Gallery’s education program is generously supported by Nexus Investment Management.

OCAD University's Art & Social Change Program
A minor in Art & Social Change offers students the opportunity to explore some of the most pressing social, political and ethical issues of our time. With the tenets of equality, diversity and social and environmental justice at the heart of this minor, and an investigation of the role that art and artists have and can play as catalysts of change, students pursuing this minor stand to expand the liberating powers of dialogue, dissent and collaboration as cultural practitioners engaged in local, national and global contexts.

CBC Inclusion & Diversity
We are committed to reflecting Canada’s diversity through our people, our programming content and our community relationships.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University’s Great Hall, 100 McCaul St., Second Floor
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
The Art for Social Change poster

OCAD U Presents: The Conversationalists II

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 1:00am

OCAD U Presents:  The Conversationalists II

Amy Leaman, cStreet
Dyan Marie, Artist
Nicole Bazuin, Alexandra Hong and Cheryl Hsu, Madeline Co.


Tuesday, March 15th
7 - 9pm
Scrap Metal Gallery, 11 Dublin St.

(Lost? http://www.scrapmetalgallery.com/contact-us/)


The conversationalists is a series of talks, performances, presentations and chatter that hopes to explore the notion of ‘social change’ and ‘social innovation’ within the arts. A three part series, the conversationalists will hope to offer varying insights into supports, challenges, warnings and ambivalences towards the language we use to describe what it is we do. What is Social Change? How can Social Innovation exist in the arts? This is where we start.


Nicole Bazuin, Alexandra Hong and Cheryl Hsu

Madeleine Co. is a Toronto-based art collective specializing in the creation of socially innovative content. Using co-creative platforms, Madeleine Co. integrates communication strategies with the ingenuity of artists to engage with audiences in empowered and emotionally-resonant ways. Our core principles of accessibility, participation, and collaboration guide us in the development of meaningful experiences with a strong social mandate.

Amy Leaman

Amy is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds a masters degree in Urban Design from University College London. Amy is co-founder and creative director of cStreet Campaigns, an agency that works with non-profits, political campaigns, and social movements to use digital tools to make social change. cStreet has worked with leading organizations including the United Nation Association, Rainforest Action Network, and Columbia University.

Dyan Marie

Dyan Marie works in photography, text and sculpture and is an early innovator in the field of digital imagery and community-based projects. She responds to urban situations with public art, curating, walking systems, publications, banner projects, community initiatives, festivals and poetry. A founder of C Magazine, Cold City Gallery, Walk Here, Dupont Projects, BIG: Bloor Improvement Group and is the Creative Director of the BIG On Bloor Festival and How We Live In Cities. Dyan received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the City Soul award from the Canadian Urban Institute among various art and community awards from city, provincial and federal government. AOCAD, MFA


Space is limited: e-mail dliddington@ocadu.ca in order to reserve a seat!


For further information contact:

Coordinator, Impact Exchange
Centre For Emerging Artists and Designers 
E. dliddington@ocadu.ca 


The Impact Collective is a social innovation project at OCAD University. Learn more at www.impactcollective.ca

Venue & Address: 
Scrap Metal Gallery, 11 Dublin St. Space is limited: e-mail dliddington@ocadu.ca in order to reserve a seat!
Poster for the Conversationalists II, blue BG with random shapes


Poster with soup can
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:00am to 3:00am

Please join us for our first CRITICAL SOUP, on Tuesday Feb 23, from 7 pm to 10 pm, at That Place at the Second Floor, OCAD U. 

CRITICAL SOUP (CS) is a student-run healthy, delicious and free dinner option and an interdisciplinary art initiative that opens a space for dialogue about the devastating impacts of Canadian extractive companies in communities and territories of periphery nations. 

CS welcomes OCAD U students, alumni, staff, faculty and peers to share food and be engaged in building a community that looks critically and acts responsibly in relation to the current politics of food. 

On our first event, members of Mining Injustice Solidarity Network will be sharing their experience and facilitating critical dialogues about social and environmental Justice. 


We want to send huge thanks to all the project supporters and collaborators.

CRITICAL SOUP was made possible with the collaboration the Art and Social Change Student Committee, the Indigenous Student Association and the generous support of Indigenous Visual Culture Office, Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives, Faculty of Art, Art and Social Change Program, and OCAD U Student Union.


Venue & Address: 
That Place at the Second Floor, OCAD U
Poster with soup can

Art Creates Change Public talk: Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky

Thursday, January 28, 2016

OCAD University's Faculty of Art in Partnership with
UNIFOR, Ontario Regional Council Present:
The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series

Antagonisms in Disappearing Public Spaces
Public Studio is the collaborative art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky, whose works range from large-scale public art works and immersive installations to socially engaged projects. Exploring antagonisms in and around public space and its disappearance, war and landscape, post-colonialism and political dissent. Public Studio’s work has been shown internationally, including their recent intervention Migrant Choice at the Venice Biernale.

Venue & Address: 
OCADU Auditorium Room 190, 100 McCaul Street
Art Creates Change Poster

Bus trip to the Doris McCarthy Gallery’s Complex Social Change exhibit

Woman holding a sign that says "I AM ONE OF DEM PEOPLE"
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Bus trip to the Doris McCarthy Gallery’s Complex Social Change exhibit
Date : Monday January 18
Departure time: 3pm
Return time: 6pm
Pickup & Drop off location: OCAD, 100 McCaul Street, main entrance

The bus has 48 seats. Right now there is 20 seats available. Please email minsooklee@faculty.ocadu.ca if you intend to join us so I can reserve a seat for you.

Growing out of the debates regarding the recent Occupy movement and Idle No More, Complex Social Change is an interdisciplinary research program and collaborative partnership developed at the University of Lethbridge - this exhibition at the Doris McCarthy Gallery continues the program and brings it to Ontario. The artists investigate some of the larger issues surrounding complex social change, and the means by which sustained, active engagement can be produced within particular communities, resisting the political and economic pressures that encourage passive acceptance.

Works by Lori Blondeau & Adrian Stimson, Wendy Coburn, DodoLab and FAG Feminist Art Gallery (Abstract Random: Jamilah Malika, Sun Sun & Ayo Leilani, Sharlene Bamboat & Ali El Darsa, Cecilia Berkovic, Michèle Pearson Clarke, FASTWÜRMS, Jesi the Elder, Reena Katz AKA Radiodress, Deirdre Logue & Allyson Mitchell, Hazel Meyer, Heidi Nagtegaal, Ginger Brooks Takahashi & Dana Bishop-Root, Chris E. Vargas, Syrus Marcus Ware, Christina Zeidler)

Guest curated by Josephine Mills
Image credit: Michèle Pearson Clarke, Diplomatic Communication, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist.
Exhibition organized by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4. Canada
Complex Social Change - October 21, 2015 - January 23, 2016


The bus is made possible through the Faculty of Art, Art & Social Change Program and the Impact Collective

Venue & Address: 
Pickup & Drop off location: OCAD, 100 McCaul Street, main entrance

Art + Politics @ OCAD

Poster for ASOC student committee with figurative illustration
Monday, December 14, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Art & Social Justice Student Committee
….building a critical space for Art & Social Justice at OCAD and beyond!

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, Room 284

Submission Deadline for MESH’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser

MESH logo
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 4:00am

This is a call for submissions for MESH’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser, giving OCAD U students an opportunity to display and sell their artwork in a social setting. The inspiration for MESH comes from the idea of bringing all kinds of people together from different backgrounds, practices and walks of life. This exhibition will “MESH” the unique individuals of both the faculty of art and design, giving students a platform to showcase their talents as well as working together to raise money for a greater cause. This will be your chance, your platform to speak and be seen. We are looking for creative artists looking to change the world and address the social issues of today with their innovative ideas. We're looking for art that reflects raw human emotions and narratives. Art related to isolation, change, war, lost hope, confusion, compassion and anything related to what the Syrian refugees must feel being displaced from their homeland. We want to have everyone embrace Canada's decision to welcome these refugees through showing the reality of what is happening in their world.

It will be a grand social event with music, performances, drinks and fun! Let's all celebrate life.

The proceeds from this event (as well as fees) will be donated to Syrian refugees displaced in this current world crisis. It is optional for artists/vendors to donate some of their profits for the cause, but it is encouraged. It is crucial for us to come together and help those in need in any way possible. Details of the charity are in this link: http://lifelinesyria.ca/

Please submit the following to meshsubmissions@gmail.com by Friday, OCTOBER 23:
1. Your name and the faculty you belong to 2. A description of your artwork/product/entrepreneurial venture (50-100 words) with a picture of your artwork/product 3. A link to your website or portfolio 3. Price range of your art/product (if selling)

Our timeline is as follows:
Submission Deadline October 30
Jurors Selection Announced November 1
SHOW Friday, November 13 7 to 11 p.m. (49 McCaul St.)

For any questions or inquiries please direct them to meshsubmissions@gmail.com

After the submission deadline, this link will serve as an event page.

Venue & Address: 

Rick Lowe Public Talk

ART CREATES CHANGE The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series poster
Thursday, November 5, 2015

OCAD University's Faculty of Art in Partnership with UNIFOR, Ontario Regional Council Present:
A Public Talk by Rick Lowe

Rick Lowe is the artist behind Houston’s Project Row Houses, a transformative and visionary example of socially engaged art as well as a neighbourhood revitalization initiative. Originally trained as a painter, Lowe enacts what he calls "social sculpture." Lowe has been the Mel King Community Fellow at MIT and a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

Co-sponsored by Criticism & Curatorial Practice and Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Graduate Programs

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190, OCAD University 100 McCaul Street
ART CREATES CHANGE The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series poster

All Together Now: Antagonism and Collaboration in Art for Social Change

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm

A presentation by Tenure Track Art & Social Change Candidate Justin Langlois

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 113 McCaul Street 5th Floor, Room 525

Art Creates Change, Public Talk: Devora Neumark

gathering of people outside a building
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Art Creates Change / The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series
Presented by the Faculty of Art

Public Talk: Devora Neumark
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
7:00 p.m.
100 McCaul St., Central Hall (room 230)
Toronto, ON

Devora Neumark, long involved with live art events in urban settings and community performance, addresses the intersections of forced displacement, loss and the act of witness. Neumark’s practice is deliberately dialogic. Most recently she has been interrogating the relationship between dislocation following violence and/or environmental disaster and the deliberate beautification of one’s home(land). Neumark is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, community development practitioner and a faculty member in MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. She is also currently the Interim Vice President of DestiNATIONS Carrefour International for Indigenous Arts and Cultures and the Development/Funding Agent for the First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec.

Art Creates Change is sponsored by Faculty of Art Faculty Innovation Fund

Co-programmers: Richard Fung & b.h. Yael

All events are open to the public
Wheelchair accessible

Tracy Buchanan
Information & Projects Coordinator
Faculty of Art
416-977-6000 ext 330

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St., Central Hall (room 230) Toronto, ON
416-977-6000 ext 330