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
Call for Proposals poster

Money Mondays: Protect You and Your Money

Creative funds logo for Money Mondays
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Free hands-on financial planning for students and grads. Learn a financial skill every Monday!

Participate for a chance to win: $350 OCAD U tuition credit, $100 AboveGround gift card or $50 for OCAD U bookstore!

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Take a Penny

Image of a Canadian penny
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche independent project with work by OCAD U alumna, Marian Wihak

Marian Wihak - Toronto, Canada
Martha Griffith - Toronto, Canada

Things depart and something else is left behind, a trace, a memory of both its absence and also what its presence had meant.

In the case of the fast-fading penny, relationships both personal and collectively shared come to mind; loafers that will no longer be adorned by them; drugstore candy that can no longer be bought with one; purposeful and helpful jars that used to be full of them until cashed in for a few crisp bills. Like one’s omniscient little pal, a progressively ignored member of our national currency family, cute and charming yet no one’s fool… it was always there for us, jangling the bottom of our pockets, clogging up the fountains, cluttering up our cash registers, ever engaged in widely inventive modes of exchange. Take a penny, leave a penny. We are on the cusp of a new age.... Penniless.

Interdisciplinary artists Griffith and Wihak create installations that engage participants in reflections about time and what is left behind.

Take a Penny, 2013




Venue & Address: 
Scotiabank Plaza 40 King Street West Toronto, Ontario