Black Speculative Arts Movement

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Friday, October 21, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 4:00am

Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) Toronto 2016 is a two-day community gathering at OCAD University. The event will be focused on a Toronto/ Canadian centred dialogue around the improvement of Black and Afrocentric presence in Speculative and Science Fiction in all creative forms and outlets. The lack of cartoons with Black People as majority or in lead roles, or the lack of character diversity in comic books, novels and films are examples. There will also be a market place with a variety of vendors offering goods and services to encourage supporting local businesses and artists.

$5 Each Day
$10 for a pass

Tickets can be purchased:


ing Night:

The first night of the two-day community gathering which will feature an opening ceremony and speeches and presentations by the founders of BSAM and other prominent artists.

Friday, October 21, Auditorium Room 190
6 to 10 p.m.
Public price: $5
Free for OCAD U students with a valid I.D.


Featured Discussions and sessions:

  • Studying While Black, moderated by Dr. Audrey Hudson
  • featuring OCADU BIPOCSA (Black Indigenous People of Colour Student Association) - Camille Lauren, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Graham Ndimenhle Nhlamba, Kikelomo Otuije, Moya K, 
  • Making Space For the Black Imagination (curator and cultural producers)  featuing B.A.N.D. Gallery
  • Black Queer Art Matters

Featuring Artist talks by Ato Sietu (
Dr. tobias van veen
Fatimah Tuggar (

Live performances Kafaye Rose (R & B, Reggae), Major Blaze (Reggae, R& B Alternative Hip-Hop), Chop-Z (future Music) + more



The focus of this day is on the different speculative art platforms across Toronto and how community informs the arts practices and vice-versa. This day will feature panels discussions, workshops and activities and live performances

Saturday, October 22, Auditorium Room 190 and Great Hall 230
11.a.m to 6 p.m.

Public price: $5
Free for OCAD U students with a valid I.D.


Featured Discussions and sessions:
• Deconstructing the Race Box moderated by Black Future Month

  • The Healing of the Nation (Spiritual art practitioners & mystics) moderated by Sunset Service featuring David Lewis-Peart, Chiedza Pasipanodya, Njeri Campbell + More
  • Comics & Caricatures (Artists, designers, and illustrators) moderated by Sheniece Cater featuring Arthur Tanga, Alecia Doyley, Black Sun Comics, Stacey Robinson of Black Kirby
  • Black Ink: Flipping the script (Authors and Playwrights) moderated by Nay Monroe featuring Adiyana Morris,  Dilcia S. (NYC), Jelani “J-Wyze” Nias, Whitney French
  • Words, Sound, Powah (Music artists & Performance artists) moderated by Sharrae Lyon featuring Watch School Alumni - Najla Nubyanluv, Ohm Shanti, Sashoya Shoya Oy

Featuring special artist talk by Ian Sun of Anansi T.E.K. Club (
Live performances by Witch Prophet (Experimental Indie) + More

This event is supported by Black Future Month, Lost Lyrics, OCAD U Student Union, Onsite Gallery, OCAD U Faculty of Liberal Art and Science and School of School for Interdisciplinary Studies , Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design,  Art and Social Change, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, Deluxo, PRIYOME Chess Club, Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy of the Toronto Lillian H. Smith Library, Nia Centre For The Arts, Black Artist Network In Dialogue Gallery( B.A.N.D. Gallery), Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere Edutainment (R.I.S.E. Edu.), Street Voices, Zero Gun Violence and Rite Of Passage - Woodgreen Community Centre.


About BsaM

Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BSAM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The Black Speculative Art movement emerged out of the Unveiling Visions exhibition co-curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture. Black Speculative Art is a creative aesthetic practice that integrates African diasporic or African metaphysics, science, and technology that seeks to interpret, engage, design or alter reality for the re-imagination of the past, the contested present, and act as a catalyst for the future.” The BSAM convention movement, co-founded by Dr Reynaldo Anderson, at Harris-Stowe State University, and Maia Crown Williams, founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, will include vending from a vast amount of comics, art, and artisan creators and vendors, live performances, a full international film festival via Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well.

Afrofuturism and astro-blackness have been practiced in our community for years, especially thru literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, Tananarive Due, and the Zulu Nation are excellent examples.

BSAM is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.

BSAM is a continuation of the historical behaviour within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the Digital Divide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.

Tickets can be purchased

for more info contact Quentin VerCetty at


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 12:00pm to Monday, February 3, 2020 - 12:00pm


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Mighty Pen student initiative fund

Building relations. Claiming space. Uplifting diverse voices.

Are you a BIPOC student, collective or group with an idea for a project that uses storytelling to build resilience? Apply for up to $250 to support any initiative that features students who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or as a Person of Colour (BIPOC) and that generates dialogue around any of the following:

  • Inclusivity
  • Social change and justice
  • Systemic barriers on campus and in the OCAD U community

Please submit your completed application form to by the deadline.

Extended deadline: Monday, February 3 at 12 pm



What is The Mighty Pen?

The Mighty Pen is a group that is open to OCAD U students who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or as a Person of Colour (BIPOC). Its purpose is to bring voices from the margins to centralize and celebrate BIPOC narratives in all their complexities.

It is hosted by the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) and facilitated by Phoebe Wang, Writing and Learning Consultant (ELL) and author of the poetry collection Admission Requirements.

Who can apply?

OCAD U students, clubs, collectives and student groups with a majority who identify as BIPOC.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

New or ongoing projects such as performances, readings, fairs, print or digital publications, guest speakers and events.

What can the funds be used for?

These funds may be used for materials, honorarium fees for the artists, writers and creators, and promotion.

How much funding is available?

$500 total; a project may receive up to $250.

All funds must be used by March 31, 2020.

What are the steps to apply?

Fill out the application form with details of your project, timeline and budget.


This fund is presented by the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) and is supported by funding from the Ontario Post-Secondary Access and Inclusion Program (OPAIP).

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre (WLC), 113 McCaul Street, Level 5, Room 510
416.977.6000 ext 229
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OCAD U partners with Black Business & Professional Association

Friday, December 14, 2018

OCAD University is collaborating with the Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA) to provide new opportunities for students. This partnership means up to 20 OCAD U students will obtain memberships to the BBPA, making them eligible for scholarships and mentorship through the association. Founded in 1983, the BBPA is a non-profit, charitable organization that addresses equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education and economic development.

In addition, the BBPA offices on Elm Street will serve as a hub for OCAD U’s Black student community through the new members and their guests.

“This partnership exemplifies how OCAD University breaks down barriers between the institution and our diverse Black communities in Toronto,” said Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, the first Black female dean of design anywhere. “Our Black students, faculty, and staff from around the world and the GTA now have opportunities to build a direct sense of cultural and professional belonging to the BBPA’s vast network of Black professionals.”

“Our partnership with OCAD University is an important one for our association,” said BBPA President Nadine Spencer. “Our goals to encourage the pursuit of entrepreneurship, business, professional excellence, higher education and economic empowerment, are met at every level with this relationship.”

Students from the Design4program, run by OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers, are currently working under the guidance of a faculty member to create a youth oriented sub-brand for BBPA and to support the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards, the most prestigious national awards gala in the African-Canadian community and a symbol of achievement.

Call for Submissions: Black Richness Art Exhibit

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 10:30am to Monday, December 10, 2018 - 11:45pm

The OCADU Blxck Student Association (OBSA) is seeking work from black students, alumni and other artists and/or designers for an exhibition called, “Black Richness: The Untapped Potential of our Ancestry.”

This exhibition will run from 1st to 28th February 2019 and will be on the list of the events that take place as part of Black History Month at OCAD University.

This exhibition will explore themes of Blackness in different parts of the world, Black wealth, employment, culture and tradition, education, the effects of colonialism and how it affects black identities alongside stereotypes of black people, while aiming to celebrate the present. If we must move forward we have to address the past.

From injustice to inequality, “Black Richness: The Untapped Potential of our Ancestry” urges Black artists and designers to think and also reflect on the “what-ifs” of our past.
▪️ What if we were never taken as slaves?
▪️ What if we were never colonized?
▪️ How does that affect us now and how have we as communities decided to grow tremendously with that deeply rooted trauma instilled in us?
▪️ How are we affected physically, emotionally or mentally?

We are accepting works in any medium: Installation, Poetry, Music, Design, Sculpture, Video, Performance, Photography, Material, etc.

▪️ Artists are allowed to submit 1-2 works only.
▪️ Mostly finished works (WIP) will be accepted.
▪️ Send 2-3 pictures of the piece(s) you would like to be considered for the exhibition.
▪️ Photos must be JPEGs OR PDF, including dimensions.
▪️ Include a 250-word artist statement describing your work, in PDF
▪️ ALL Works must be submitted to

The Deadline to submit is DECEMBER 10TH, 2018.
Accepted applicants will be notified around December 15th.
Completed works MUST be completed AND delivered by January 21st, 2019.
~Due to the nature and subject matter of this exhibition, students that self-identify as Black will be given priority.~

Co-curated by Ehiko Odeh and Kaylee Meyer

OCAD U Blxck Association is aimed at accommodating OCAD University’s Black community through the facilitation of conferences, events and workshops. Our initiatives are meant to instil a sense of community, raise awareness, celebrate and uplift Black lives in our institution. Our association is currently working on the programming for the upcoming Black History Month where we look forward to student and faculty engagement on topics surrounding being Black in Canada.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
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Black Speculative Arts Movement

Black Future Month 3016: 4th Annual Afrofuturism Art Exhibition

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:30am to Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00pm

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Graduate Gallery (205 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor)
Exhibition runs til February 20 at Graduate Gallery and Ada Slaight Student Gallery (100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor)

With great anticipation, returning to OCAD University for the second year in a row, BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016 is a part of BLACK FRACTALS, the 2016 Black History Month Program at OCAD U.

Presently in its fourth year, the Black Future Month 3016 Art Exhibition is the longest consecutive annual Black art exhibit in Toronto. The overarching theme of the fourth Annual Afrofuturism Art Exhibition is exploring the infinite ways of beings in the far-off distant future as envisioned by Black people over the spectrum of a 1000 years from now.

The exhibition serves as a professionally curated platform that consists of OCAD U students, alumni, staff and faculty along with selected artists from the Black community. This initiative was created in 2013 by OCAD U alumnus Danilo McCallum.

This year's exhibition will be spread between the Ada Slaight Gallery Space in 100 McCaul St. and the Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond St. W., with another satellite location at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

This year's exhibition features work from OCAD U's very own Tennesha Skyers, Camille Lauren, Sheniece Cater, Nathan Vernon, Kadicha Foster, Aaron Jones, Quentin VerCetty, Alecia Doley, Danilo McCallum with additional works from BLACK KIRBY (Stacey Robinson and John Jennings, Buffalo, NY) Maliciouz Art (Montreal, QC), Kalkidan Assefa (Ottawa, ON), Jabari “Eliscer” Elliott, Yannick Anton, Mosa McNeilly (Guelph, ON), Wolf J. McFarlane, Anthony Gebrehiwot, OBUXUM, and Black Toronto 2116.

The event is being sponsored by the OCAD U Faculty of LAS/SIS, Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Digital Futures Department, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, Graduate Studies, R.I.S.E. Edutainment, Deluxo, PRIYOME Co, York United Black Student Association, African Studies Course Union, York Black Graduate Student Collective

BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016 is considered one of the top events happening in the city for Black History Month!

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery (205 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor) & Ada Slaight Student Gallery (100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor)
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Black Fractals: Call & Response Conference

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Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 7:00pm to Monday, February 8, 2016 - 2:00am

Lead Presenter: Black Future Month 3016
Partner: Onsite Gallery

Black Fractals is the official Black History Month program at OCAD University, celebrating the self-repeating spirit of creating and the ingenuity of people of African ancestry. This one of a kind conference is a FREE opportunity for community engagement for all ages to analyze how art can be used as a tool of activism, liberation, decolonization and community development.

2:00 p.m.: Workshop with Black Quantum Futurism
3:30 p.m.: THE ORBIT Afrofuturism Panel discussion
5:30 p.m.: Call of the Drums (drumming performance)
6:05 p.m.: Art presentation by Black Kirby Collective
7:00 p.m.: Keynote presentation by Rasheedah Phillips of The AfroFuturist Affair
8:05 p.m.: Live performances featuring: Moor Mother Goddess, Zakisha Brown, Chop-Z and more

Vendors will be on site selling goods.
FREE meal provided by ChicPeas Vegetarian Cuisine.

Onsite Gallery is pleased to partner with Black Future Month 3016 to present this year’s Call & Response Conference, as part of their Onsite/Insight/Incite programming.

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s public gallery and exploratory platform for art, design and curatorial practice, aims to foster social and cultural transformation. Now is an exciting time for Onsite, as they are preparing to launch their new gallery location at 199 Richmond Street West, opening May 2017.

While Onsite is working towards the opening of their new purpose built gallery, the gallery is remaining active through Onsite/Insight/Incite, a series of programming convening cross-disciplinary conversations addressing how we can affect change with public spaces.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 190 (Auditorium)
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
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Black Future Month 3015

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Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, March 6, 2015 - 5:00am

3rd Annual Afrofuturism Exhibition – 3015 A collective look into our distant future

The Black Future Month 3015 exhibition is a platform for artists who identify as black to explore the infinite expressions of Afrofuturism and other expansive themes like black identify and existence in the future.

Featuring: Danilo McCallum, Kanyika Yorke, Quentin "Babatunde" Vercetty, Dainsha Nugent, Aaron Jones, Nodinamaad, Stephen Surlin, Dheeko Kinte, Curtia Wright, Chris Ak, MuXubo Mohamed, SoTeeOh, Ola Ojo, Javid JAH, Ekow Nimako, Komi Olaf 

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 22, 3015, 6 to 10 p.m.

Curated by OCAD U alumnus Danilo McCallum as part of Black History Month at OCAD U.

Afrofuturism Discussion Panel and Performances: Orbiting Around Women in Afrofuturism

Friday, February 27, 3015, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Central Hall, Room 230

Moderator: Camille Isaacs

Panelists: Camille Turner (Futuristic artist and author), Asia Clarke (Innovative fashion and jewellery designer), Saidah Baba Talibah (Avant-garde Music artist)

Performers: Faduma Mohamed, Ohm, Sharrae Lyon 

#BFM3015 #BlackFutureMonth

The event is being sponsored by the President's Office, Office of the Vice-President, Academic, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, Faculty of Art, Faclty of Design, Faculty of LAS/SIS, Indigenous Visual Culture, Research & Graduate Studies and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Lobby (Main Entrance) and Transit Space (2nd Floor)