Winter Clothing Drive 2016

OCAD U Winter Clothing Drive 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 4:00pm to Friday, November 18, 2016 - 8:00pm

Through an initiative by students Oliver Roberts, Sofy Mesa, and Art and Social Change, OCAD U Campus Life is helping collaborate the collection of WINTER COATS, SOCKS, AND ALL LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS, JACKETS, AND PANTS for the Allan Gardens Community Lunch and Clothing Closet.

As the season begins to change, it is imperative that our clothing closet changes as well to meet the needs of those of us facing homelessness and poverty in downtown Toronto. Please donate any CLEAN, gently used winter clothing.

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)
416-977-6000, Ext 4021

Winter Clothing Drive

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 10:00am to Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

We are collecting your gently used and clean clothing items in good condition:

  • Jackets
  • Coats
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Toques
  • Jeans/pants/tights
  • Sweaters and more!

Proceeds benefit Allan Gardens Food & Clothing Share.

(Formerly ART & SOCIAL CHANGE STUDENT COMMITTEE) Artivism OCAD U is a group of OCAD U students and alumni whose goal is to unify social justice and its integration into artistic practice. We put into the forefront urgent matters affecting the student body, staff and faculty on campus. Some of these issues include (but are not limited to) environmental justice, sexual violence, student poverty and housing, combating racism, as well as decolonizing the curriculum. Through various student-led initiatives, we aim to raise awareness of equity and accessibility issues, and build a strong social justice community on campus.


Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
winter clothing drive 2018

Winter Clothing Drive 2017*

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:00am to Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:00pm

We are looking for gently used or new:
> pants/tights
> long-sleeves
> sweaters
> jackets
> hats/gloves/mittens
> t-shirts
> socks
> and winter accessories

All donations will be distributed at the Allan Garden Food and Clothing Share (Sundays, 12-3 PM, Allan Gardens, Sherbourne/Carlton Streets).

As the city of Toronto continuously shuts down shelters and emergency services to our friends in homeless or low-income situations, and as rates and rent rise unrelentingly amidst a city bursting with wealth and austerity, we turn to community to help in hard times. We hope to see you soon, and with peace to all. Please spread the word and let your friends and family know!"

* This is a student-run initiative, three years running, which #ocaducampuslife is pleased to help promote.

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street MCA
graphic for Winter Clothing Drive 2017

Rosalie and Isadore Sharp donate $1 Million to OCAD University

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 5:00am

Benefactors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp, founders of the famed Four Seasons Hotel chain, have pledged an additional $1 million to OCAD University, Canada’s largest art, design and digital media university.

The latest Sharp donation follows the pledge of the previous commitment of $3 million, in 2014, to support the enhancement of the façade of the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion.

The Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, a separate building at the corner of McCaul and Dundas Streets, will house the OCAD University Experiential Learning Centre, a student-focused centre dedicated to studio-based learning across the university’s program areas, partnerships with community and industry, and training in professional and business skills.

Phased renovations are well underway at OCAD University’s Experiential Learning Centre, part of the Creative City Campus. The building currently serves as student thesis space before the full renovation is completed.

“We are very grateful to Rosalie and Isadore Sharp for supporting our strong tradition of experiential learning that takes place both in the studio and in the community,” says Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University. “This flexible, multi-use student complex will provide dedicated, maker-based work areas, as well as spaces for collaboration and engagement with visiting artists and designers.”

The Sharps also donated $5 million in 2004 towards building the internationally acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design, designed by famed British architect Will Alsop. The building has been lauded by architect and arts critics alike and is one of the must-see stops for visitors to Toronto.

“We are inspired by the creation of a centre that will be a hub for student activity and experimentation, and we have great respect for President Sara Diamond’s dedication and imagination,” says Rosalie Sharp.  “With this donation, we are helping mark the Dundas Street gateway to OCAD University’s campus and Toronto’s heart of creativity and innovation.”  Since 1998, Rosalie and Isadore Sharp have donated more than $9.5 million to OCAD U.



Library Donations

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 5:30pm

The Library is currently placing a moratorium on all donations. Due to space constraints we can no longer accept donations of print items until the new year. Contact Manda Plavsa at if you have any questions.


Materials Trading Post

Materials Trading Post poster with event info and abstract collage of seafoam green waves and light pink glimmering blobs.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Come share your knowledge, ideas and materials at this swap and trade event! Bring any left over or underused art and design supplies and exchange them for something new to you. The Indigenous Visual Culture program and the Library's Learning Zone have joined together to bring you this event which encourages all of us to prioritize trading and sharing over waste. Coffee and snacks will be in attendance.

We will be accepting donations of usable art and design materials before the event if you are unable to make it on the day of and are itching to clear out your studio or closets. We will accept a broad range of art supplies but will not accept books, clothing, and other unrelated items.

Donations can be brought to:
The Indigenous Visual Culture Office, Room 410, 4th floor, 113 McCaul Street
The Learning Zone, Room 110, 1st floor, 113 McCaul Street

Both spaces can also be accessed through the entrance at 122 St. Patrick Street (an easier place to park if you have a lot of items to unload).

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Room 110, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street

Canadian Blood Services: OneMatch Registration

Red blood cells
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Registering to become a stem cell donor means committing to be there when you get the call to Give Life. When you donate stem cells, you Give Life to one of the hundreds of Canadians who are in need at any given time. You can help by joining Canadian Blood Services' OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network.

Visit the Canadian Blood Services table on campus for more information on how to register to be a donor.

It’s a commitment no one should make lightly—but the rewards are immense.
All it takes is a little time and the willingness to donate to any patient in Canada or around the world.

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street

Winter Coat and Sock Drive!

Image of a blue coat
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 1:00pm to 9:00pm

Got an extra winter coat you're not using? Some extra warm socks?

Through a STUDENT INITIATIVE, Campus Life is collaborating on the collection of WINTER COATS and SOCKS for All Saints Community Church/Community Center.

Please donate any CLEAN, gently used winter coats and/or winter socks and bring them to the drop off table during the October 28 Mini Community Fair! Supported by zipcar.

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
416 977 6000, Ext 275

Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation gift supports student success

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 2:45pm

OCAD University has received a generous donation of $75,000 from one of its top benefactors: The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation.

This generous gift will be designated towards two areas: scholarships and support for graduates through the Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Career Launcher Fund.

The $35,000 Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Entrance Scholarships will provide financial assistance to the best and brightest incoming undergraduate students, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds. Covering most of first year tuition and fees, the scholarship will help provide financial flexibility, allowing deserving students to spend more time and energy on coursework.

The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Career Launcher Fund at the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers will provide grants totalling $40,000 to graduates of the Faculty of Art as they develop the business and entrepreneurial skills necessary to transition their craft into a paying career. Post-graduation, eligible students can use these funds to compete in competitions, complete a residency, or further the study and exploration of their craft through travel

“Entrance scholarships send a powerful message to an emerging artist, not only confirming their immense creative potential, but signaling that the society in which they live values excellence in the arts,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “This gift will also give graduating artists the skills and support they need as they set out to start their professional practice.”

The Foundation’s support of the University began in 1990. In 2002 the Foundation donated $50,000 to the Ideas Need Space campaign, as well as the Indigenous Visual Cultures Program. To date they have donated nearly $625,000. OCAD University is immensely grateful to The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation for their continued support.

About the Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation

The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation has made an exceptional impact on community and social services and the arts since it was founded in 1959. The Foundation was created with a mission to focus on charitable works in Ontario, primarily through the Salvation Army and the arts.