Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join Latinx, Afro-Latinx, Abya Yala Student Association (LAASA) for an evening with Camila Salcedo, a Venezuelan-Canadian interdisciplinary artist, activist, community organizer and recent NSCAD alumni. Salcedo's work is centered around Latinx identity, cultural hibridity and llamativo colours, explored with a focus on performance, video, textiles and curation.

Friday, April 15, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Room 650, Level 6, 100 McCaul Street

Tickets are free, but limited!
Grab yours at our Facebook event page:

Presented by LAASA OCAD U, with the support of the OCAD U Student Union.

LAASA fosters a community hub for latinx students on campus, and provides a platform for the broader OCAD U community to interact and learn about Latin American culture through collaboration: food and music, workshops, guest speakers, exhibitions, publications and more.

Find out more about LAASA and other student groups at #OCADU:

Venue & Address: 
Room 650, Level 6, 100 McCaul Street
camila salceda poster


Monday, January 28, 2019 - 1:45pm to Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:45pm


From student-run group OCAD U STUDENT PRESS:
The Yellow Staircase is an iconic interior space at OCAD U, displaying the energy and vitality of the student body. It is the structural spine of 100 McCaul, connecting all faculties and floors. Students are drawn to this arena, expressing a range of thoughts, feelings, and moods. OCAD U is a school with very little common areas for students to exchange and collaborate together; add commuter culture, high stress levels, living costs and you have cause for concern that students can feel isolated and frustrated with university culture.

Launched in 2018, the Yellow Staircase Yearbook mural project challenges these issues through the annual addition of four murals in The Yellow Staircase. Instead of condemning artistic expression and continuously painting over graffiti, we seek to turn this phenomenon into a positive and community-minded project, taking advantage of how the staircase is currently functioning in the interest of the school and the student body.

We are currently seeking proposals for murals by current OCAD University students or student collectives that creatively represent a student community or an official student group at the school. Successful proposals will receive a flat fee of $250 which includes the artist fee and money for materials. The Student Press will provide ladders, drop cloths, and will prime the mural surface with white paint.


1. Students may submit as individual artists or as groups.

2. The murals must be painted between 18 March and 19 April, 2019.

3. The murals will be painted between Levels 5 and 6 in the Yellow Staircase.

4. The average mural size is 5x4 feet, but you are welcome to suggest other dimensions. Your mural does not have to be rectangular!

5. You can use acrylic paint, or acrylic paint markers to create the mural. Spray paint can not be used.

Proposals should be emailed to with the subject line “Yellow Staircase Proposal”. Any images included should be attached to the email, or you may provide a link to a Google Drive folder. Please email us if you have any questions about submitting!

In your submission, please include the following:

1. A sketch of the mural design.

2. A photo of the yellow staircase wall space between Levels 5 and 6 that you would like to use. Please make sure some identifiable graffiti is visible so that we can locate it.

3. A one to two sentence artist biography that includes your name(s) and program(s).

4. A short artist statement that explains what student community the mural represents and how. For examples of the communities represented last year, please see the murals below.

If you have any questions about the project or the submission guidelines, please email us at


The OCAD U Student Press serves as a platform for idea sharing, research, and communication among the OCAD U community. We publish a major book every year, showcasing ground-breaking academic research and projects done by our most promising students in the fields of art and design. The Press offers a series of educational workshops, additional publications and events, offering students new opportunities to get involved.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
YELLOW staircase murals call for submissions

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
Black Richness call poster

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

Feeling Awful? Have a Waffle!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Feeling Stressed? Working at school into the late hours of night? Come and get a free, freshly made waffle topped with delicious toppings and made with love.

(Formerly OCAD Christian Fellowship) We want to share love and support the larger OCAD U community as well as the city by fostering a caring community through our actions and events. We hope to welcome and create safe spaces for people to engage and grow in their faith. We also want to encourage others to learn and grow to use their skills and talents to serve the larger community.


Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (Room 187), 100 McCaul Street (MCA)
Strawberry waffles

OCAD Artist Alley 2018: Holiday Edition

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Looking for unique gifts for friends and family this holiday season? Come to OCAD's student-run Holiday Artist Alley: Holiday Edition, where you will find a wide variety of beautiful posters, prints, zines, stickers, greeting cards, ceramics, fashion, jewellery items and more from local creators. This event is open to the public.

Remember to BRING CASH as most artists do not have card readers. There are ATMs in the building.
We are a wheelchair accessible space. Please take the main lobby rear elevators to Level 2, Great Hall.

Follow us on Instagram: to view Artist Profiles leading up to the event!

If you want to volunteer or have questions, please email

The OCAD Artist Alley is a student initiative, created with support from OCAD Student Union, giving students and alumni across all programs the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.
Poster art by Becky Wu.

Please register your intent to attend through our Eventbrite link (tickets NOT needed for entrance):

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall (Level 2), 100 McCaul Street
Free Admission
Holiday OCAD Artist Alley

Call for Submissions: Willows for Wellness

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:15pm to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:45pm

"Willows for Wellness" is having an Open Call For Submissions, an Exhibit, and will host three (3) Interactive Workshops on the subject of mental health awareness and advocacy!

We encourage works that specifically relate to Alzheimers Disease but are interested in works in all kinds of mediums and media that address personal relationships to mental health, themes of advocacy and work promoting awareness!

  • Submissions are due November 1, 2018, 11:59 PM.
  • Applications will be reviewed November 1 to 4, 2018.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted with further details by November 5, 2018.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If your work requires technology/equipment for display it will be the responsibility of the Artist/Designer to provide the equipment themselves. Internet connection cannot be guaranteed.

Please Submit To:

Workshops will be facilitated by the following "Willows For Wellness" members:

  • Nora Bahgat: A baking enthusiast, Nora will guide you through a relaxing and fun session of decorating delcious, baked, gluten-free vegan goodies!
  • Kaya Joan: Hit the books! or rather make one! Zine building with Kaya will help bring your inner author to life through drawing and text work!
  • Hekter Franklin: Keeps us up to date with whats hip! Join Hekter as they show us how to get down and funky with acorn instrument creation!

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM to 9 PM
Location: 49 McCaul Street

Willows for Wellness is a not-for-profit organization that hosts mental health awareness events, in effort to educate spectators about various mental illnesses and how they affect those who struggle with them through interactive workshops, art exhibis and inofrmational talks. This months event is focusing specifically on Alzheimers disease and a portion of sales from the silent auction will be donated to the Alzheimers Society of Toronto. The goal of our exhibition and workshops event is to address mental health and seeks to provide a safe space where people can have a conversation about stigma and mental health awareness.

We want to thank you all for your interest and aim to show as much work as possible!
Remember to practice both Self Care and Self Love, reach out to a trusted loved on and remember you are not alone and more than what you struggle with.

Much Love,
Willows For Wellness

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul Street
Willows for Wellness Graphic

NCCM Workshop: Islamophobia & Bystander Intervention

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

This workshop will cover the definition of Islamophobia. A bystander intervention workshop will use case studies in order to better educate students, faculty and staff on how to respond to incidents they may encounter on and off campus. This will be an interactive workshop that will engage the audience/participants in a dialogue and discussion.

Please RSVP:
See event and Eventbrite link here:

Supported by OCAD U Campus Life and Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives.

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a Muslim community within OCAD University that is run by students. The MSA assists and represents Muslim students in several matters, and works with the Administration, and Campus Security to ensure a safe environment for Muslim students on campus, as well as a maintained safe, peaceful space for prayer. All events are open to Muslim and non-Muslim students, faculty and staff.


Venue & Address: 
Room 230, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street

Call for Applications: Holiday Artist Alley

Apply Now: Holiday Artist Alley
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 11:45pm

We would like to showcase talent from current OCAD U students and alumni across all programs so every art form is welcome! Deadline to apply is Saturday, November 3, 2018 (11:59 PM)

This event will be held in the Great Hall in 100 McCaul Street (2 to 8 PM), on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

More details to apply on our Page OCAD Artist Alley
If you have questions, please contact:

Please consider volunteering with us! Volunteers will be guaranteed space to sell their work.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall (Level 2), 100 McCaul Street
Free to apply and participate

Bursaries & Awards Now Available!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 3:45pm

The 2018/19 AwardSpring system is now available for application. This is a general application for all scholarships, awards and bursaries that will be available during the 2018/19 academic year.

Students have until November 23, 2018 to complete the application if they wish to be considered for bursaries.  Some bursaries may require additional information, which the system will identify.

The available scholarships and awards will be posted in the system in January 2019. A second application is not required for these opportunities. Students can update the existing application if applicable.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid & Awards Office.