Food=Need OCAD U

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 11:15pm to Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 2:00am

Food=Need OCAD U Exhibition will run from February 18th - March 5th, Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1

A multidisciplinary art event exploring issues of food poverty and insecurity

Food is a basic human need. It shapes desires and obsessions and yields many kinds of enjoyment and pain. One can explore food from diverse perspectives seeing it both as an object produced and consumed and also as the means and symbol of our human relations. The diversity of what we eat (and don’t eat) and of how food is produced and shared shapes cultures, communities, and nations. Refracted through language, culture, and media, food is a central lens for exploring the patterns of our interaction. Hunger, as an index of poverty and of environmental disaster, provides a reversed lens with which we can explore justice and ethics. How we get what we eat, from near and far, is basic to ways of inhabiting places on the earth and relating to each other. Food=Need OCAD U is an event that explores these issues and their effect on the lives and work of artists and designers.

6:15-7:45 Film Screening and Panel Discussion
The evening begins in Central Hall, Room 230 of 100 McCaul, with a welcome by OCAD U Art and Social Change Faculty Andrea Fatona. WIA projects’ feminist artist-researchers Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee will introduce the young Toronto filmmakers Naked Eye, Diana Piruzevska and Anlina Rana, who will speak to and screen the film Food=Need. This short documentary film based on the Food=Need community performance art event curated by WIA projects in the Fall of 2013. Watch the trailer

The screening will be followed by a panel (composed of OCAD U student and OCADSU Free Lunch coordinator Che-Chi Liu, OCAD U student and Food Not Bomb Toronto member Shirley Ceravolo, and Greenest City Artist, community facilitator and museum educator Cath Campbell) which will lead a OCAD community discussion on the politics of food insecurity and the value of creating sustainable food-linked projects. Free popcorn!

7:45-9:00 Workshop & Reception
The evening's events will continue in the OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, Level 1 of 113 McCaul, with a closing reception for the Food=Need Exhibition where we will celebrate the event with food and further discourse. The Food=Need Exhibit is a multimedia installation featuring poster designs and booklets from the students in Audrey Hudson's Think Tank courses. The creative responses from the Think Tank courses address food availability; food access and food use around the subjects of: food co-ops, gardening, nutrition, schools & food, labelling food, art/design food activism, narratives of food, and community development projects. The Video work from Pam Patterson's Life Studies course address sustainability and food insecurity in and through diverse populations and people.

Mary "Mack" Tremonte, OCAD U IAMD graduate student and Just Seeds Collective member, will lead participants in a silkscreen workshop so that they may come away from the event with printed tote bags that will facilitate further awareness and discourse in the future.

FREE. Suggested donation: Non-perishable food items for the Starving Artist Pantry, the OCAD Student Union's Food Bank.

Photo credit: James Looker

OCAD U Sustainability Initiatives, in collaboration with the OCADU Student Union and other OCAD U departments, is proud to announce the 2nd Sustainability Month at OCADU (sMarch). During the month of March (4th to 29th) we will celebrate a range of activities on campus, like Food=Need OCADU, that highlight and acknowledge student, faculty and staff sustainability initiatives and provide the means to live, think and act sustainably.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Monthly Open Review at the Inclusive Design Research Centre

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Please join us!

Interested in having a say about inclusive design? Want your ideas about digital accessibility heard? Your feedback is important to us!

We will be holding a monthly, open design review meeting where we will present work from current and ongoing projects at the Inclusive Design Research Centre. We want to hear from you -- our potential users, fellow designers and anyone interested in seeing what we're up to here at the IDRC. Spread the word!

Join us from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University, 205 Richmond St., 2nd floor.

If you are interested please respond with your preferred contact information. You will receive a reminder each month and you can choose to participate on a month-by-month basis.

Questions or concerns? Please send an email to

The IDRC is a research and development centre at OCAD University where an international community of open source developers, designers, researchers, advocates, and volunteers work together to ensure that emerging information technology and practices are designed inclusively. Learn more about the IDRC.

Venue & Address: 
Inclusive Design Research Centre, 2nd Floor 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

What Matters Now Thunder Bay

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 11:30pm to Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 2:00am

Featuring Digital Futures program assistant professor Kate Hartman as a guest speaker

This free event is part of a province-wide discussion series featuring researchers from Ontario universities. This event will be webcast live. Remote viewers can have their say and ask questions via Twitter, using the hashtag #whatmattersnow

Featured Speakers:

Kate Hartman
OCAD University
What kind of microprocessor are you wearing

Maria DeRosa
Carleton University
Can nanotechnology help feed the world?

Margaret A. (Peggy) Smith
Lakehead University
What is the way forward for Aboriginal peoples and natural resources?

April James
Nipissing University
Has Ontario reached a watershed moment?

Ross McKitrick
University of Guelph
Can economic growth and environmental protection go hand in hand?

Research Matters is a joint project among Ontario’s 21 publicly assisted universities to build new bridges between university researchers and the broader public. It is a multi-platform endeavour that involves a website and blog, social media, and public events – all designed to give Ontarians unprecedented access to the wealth of ideas and innovations happening at Ontario universities.

Venue & Address: 
Fort William Historical Park 1350 King Rd. Thunder Bay, Ontario

Onyx Cinema Night with Audrey Hudson and Charmaine Lurch

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Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 11:00pm to Monday, March 3, 2014 - 3:00am

"Colored Frames"

ÁCCENTS BOOKSTORE in Collaboration with EUPHONICALLY OSO, invites you to a FREE celebration of Black art stories through motion pictures.

Film screening of Colored Frames, with artist and educator Audrey Hudson and renowned sculptor, fine artist and educator Charmaine Lurch in attendance.

The night will consist of free snacks and refreshments, drumming and dancing, live performances, a presentation highlighting local and international Artists of African decent. There will be a live performances by Baro Dununba drum ensemble and a special performances by saxophonist Jahvid.

After the film, there will be a discussion/ Q&A facilitated by OCAD U's very own art educator Audrey Hudson.

More about the film.

Colored Frames is a look back at the last fifty years in African American art, it is an unflinching exploration of influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists.

Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it is a naked and truthful look at often ignored artists and their progeny.

About the night's facilitator:
Audrey Hudson is a PhD Candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Her research considers hip-hop as a means of solidarity between black and Indigenous communities, and how this can be articulated into culturally relevant pedagogy. Hudson is an Artist Educator who has been working and exhibiting in Toronto for the past 15 years. Currently, Hudson teaches in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, where she recently conceptualized and developed a course on the influence of hip-hop on design. Website:

About the featured artist in attendance:
Charmaine Lurch creates work that combines wire relief and painted canvases as well as free standing wire structures. Her creative process is both solitary and social. At the heart of her work is a gathering of stories through visual forms and means. Lurch's work is a balance of practice and theory, enhanced by the consideration of the role of the artist in bringing awareness to social and environment issues. The outcome can be seen in her most recent work, which is an installation of giant wire sculpture bees.
Collaboration is an integral part of Lurch’s practice. She constantly seeks to create artistic encounters in the public realm. Her practice as a fine artist, arts educator and children’s book illustrator allows her to interact directly in a number of communities. These experiences unearthed the greater questions if and how these interactions with artistic forms can act as a catalyst for social change.
Lurch's work has been exhibited in both Canada and the Caribbean, including a biennial exhibition at the in National Gallery of Jamaica. website:

The night will feature vendors selling a range of products: books, jewellery, clothing, original art pieces and art prints, exclusive DVDs, shea butter, natural cosmetic products and more.

This event series is sponsored by The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Supported by OCAD University, OCAD Student Union, Accents Bookstore, ONYX SOCIETY at OCAD U OCAD U Radio, ACHA (African Canadian Heritage Association ), Robert Small of Legacy Posters and the African Drum Arts and Craft Store on Dundas St. W. Collective of Canadian Black/ African Student Resources & Organizations

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall, Room 230 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario


Futurematic Poster
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Futurematic is a joint presentation of the Situation Lab and the Extrapolation Factory

Futurematic is a design jam to fill a vending machine with artifacts from the future. Participants will conceptualize and execute designs for the objects, focusing mostly on packaging design and rapid prototyping as ways of exploring possible futures. The jam will also include an opportunity to play the Situation Lab’s brand-new imaginary objects card game, “The Thing from the Future.”

Please RSVP by joining the Facebook event.

Venue & Address: 
Room 187, Lambert Lounge 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Free - RSVP

Scholarships & Awards Program Information Session

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 3:30pm to 4:15pm

Information session on OCAD University's undergraduate Scholarships & Awards Program

OCAD U's Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards programs recognize excellence. Each program and year level gives a variety of scholarships and awards based on grades and/or studio/coursework. Scholarships and awards are different from bursaries, which are distributed on the basis of financial need.

Venue & Address: 
Rm. 284 100 McCaul St. Toronto, ON

Cultural Community Expo 2014

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 5:00pm to 10:30pm

Contemporary Art. Local Insight. Global Trends.

The inaugural Cultural Community Expo is geared towards helping senior undergraduate students in the Faculty of Art consider the various pathways and professional options available to them in the local visual arts community. This special event is also open to Graduate students from OCAD University and other invited schools.

Join us to hear from prominent private and corporate collectors, influential dealers from significant commercial galleries, exciting opportunities for studio space and much more!

How Collectors Collect: Looking at Past and
Future Trends in Collecting Emerging Artists

Keynote: Robin Anthony (Art Curator, RBC) in
conversation with Bruce Lawson (Collector)

Daniel Faria - Daniel Faria Gallery
Robert Birch - Birch Contemporary
Erin Stump - ESP (Erin Stump Projects)
Wil Kucey - LE Gallery
Rachel Anne Farquharson - O’Born Contemporary

Workshops: STEPS Initiative, Walnut Studios
and the OCAD U Student Gallery

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall Room 230 at 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
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Design with Dialogue

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Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:30pm to Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 2:00am

A four-part series of workshops on Embodied Leadership

Unify Toronto Dialogues Presents: an unforgettable opportunity

A four-part series of workshops on
Embodied Leadership

Jon Love and Satya Robinson will host four sessions introducing participants to the methods, practices and background of “Embodied Leadership.” The third session of the series will be presented by Gary Diggins.

What is embodied leadership?
In our view great leadership is not much different from being a really good human being. Leaders build real trust within a group or community, pointing toward a new future and advancing with confidence into the inherent uncertainly of unknown realms. When you actually have capacity to face breakdowns, breakthroughs, unplanned opportunities and defeats without loss of confidence then we say you have “embodied” the essential components of leadership. First you have to be the leader of your own life - then and only then will people choose to follow you.

Arising out of the traditions of martial arts and the "human potential movement” that inspired the founding of Esalen in California during the 1960’s, “somatic practice” (embodied action) has proven amazingly successful as a way for people to awaken their awareness of their “authentic selves.” It has been adapted for personal, institutional and business transformation.

When you speak authentically, from your core, then what you say and how you say it matters. You will need to be able to use language effectively. Human beings are creatures of language, and yet we know very little about how language actually works. The field of “ontology of language” opens up enormous realizations about how we have been creating our own obstacles, when we could be moving through them. Leaders use language to create possible futures and then have them realized.

Session 1 – February 24
Introduction to the practices of embodied leadership - finding center, accessing energy in the body, training our attention, moving from center, facing and blending with opposing energies


Jon Love has 25 years of consulting, coaching and leadership training, and has experience as an executive in corporate and non-profit organizations. He is the Founder and Senior Partner of Leadership for Social Change Jonathan has been a practitioner of Organizational Transformation for over 25 years. He has assisted dozens of companies to develop leadership at all levels of the organization, ensuring that breakthrough results are accomplished by the people of the enterprise. Using a model of leadership that incorporates effective practices derived from diverse and eclectic sources, grounded in somatic, linguistic and emotional competence. Jonathan guides participants to discover and then realize commitments that have been suppressed and gone unfulfilled until now.

Satya Narayani Robinson is founder of WEB3, co-founder of JLS Global and employed by Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness, with 15 years of practitioner and teaching experience in numerous fields of Health and Wellness including Yoga, Pilates, Meditation and Visualization, Reiki, Reflexology, Massage, Therapeutic Touch, Thought Field Therapy and Card Readings. She offers individual counseling as a Soul Contact Specialist and is an Awakening the Dreamer facilitator.

Gary Diggins has worked Internationally for the last 3 decades as an expressive arts therapist, performing musician, and group facilitator. Before moving to Guelph in 2013, Gary maintained a private practice in Toronto combining counselling with musical forms of therapy. He continues to serve on the faculty of Fleming College’s Expressive Arts Therapy department. Gary is passionate and curious about human communication and the universal practice of listening to sound, word, music, and silence. His recent book, Listening as a Mindful Practice, will be available in 2014.

Gary has worked in post-conflict communities in Africa including Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, and Angola. As a recording artist, Gary appears on dozens of musical projects including six solo albums.

Venue & Address: 
Friends House Meeting Room 60 Lowther Ave Toronto, Ontario &nbsp;
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OCAD U Board of Governors Meeting

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Monday, February 24, 2014 - 10:00pm to Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:00am

A meeting of OCAD University's Board of Governors

In its meetings the Board establishes policy and institutional priorities for the university. It makes major operating decisions and receives reports from the President; Vice-President, Academic; Vice-President, Development & Alumni Relations and President, OCAD University Foundation, Vice-President, Finance & Administration; Associate Vice-President, Research & Graduate Studies; Associate Vice-President, University Relations; the Senate; Chairs of standing and ad hoc committees; and representatives of academic and administrative areas at the university, as needed. Standing committees of the Board include the Executive, Finance, Human Resources, and Advancement Committees. Sub-committees of the Board include the Senate Liaison Sub-Committee of the Executive Committee, and the Audit & Risk Management Sub-Committee, and the Physical Resources & Capital Assets Sub-Committee of the Finance Committee. Ad hoc committees and task forces are established from time to time as required.

Venue & Address: 
Room 284 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario
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A Personal Photo Narrative

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Monday, February 24, 2014 - 5:00am to Monday, March 3, 2014 - 5:00am

A Showcase of Student Work

Student work from Introductory Photography: Black and White, PHOT2B03 (Ron Wood, Assistant Professor)

The assignment is called "A Personal Photo Narrative". These 1st year students used analogue cameras, developed their film and worked in wet labs to produce their prints. The images are posted on FLICKR, link below, and the physical work is on display in the Photography Department (100 McCaul St., 4th floor, hallway next to the old elevator).

Venue & Address: 
4th Floor Hallway 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario