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Teaching creative entrepreneurs about the business of social innovation

Studying the whys, wherefores and how-tos of business is not what first leaps to mind when one imagines post-secondary education in art and design. OCAD University’s Alia Weston, however, believes understanding business history and practices can be a powerful asset for emerging artists and designers: “Equipping our students with business skills that will enable them to be more sustainable and resilient as they forge careers in the creative economy is the foundation of my work as an educator.”

An assistant professor of creative business enterprise in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Weston is motivated, in part, by a desire to share those “things I wish I had been taught when I was pursuing my own undergraduate studies.” Weston explains: “After I completed my BA in silversmithing, jewellery and allied crafts at the Sir John Cass School of Art and Design, I realized that, while I had gained design skills and qualifications and sold my work as a practising jeweller, I didn’t know anything about how to start a business, especially in such a highly competitive place as London.” In order to acquire that knowledge, Weston undertook a master’s in business studies at Kingston University, where she found herself drawn to alternative businesses and micro-economies. Weston stayed on at Kingston to cap off her formal studies with a cross-disciplinary PhD, focusing on creativity in the “informal economy” during the 2000s crisis in her home country of Zimbabwe.

Informed engagement

At OCAD U since 2014, Weston combines her ongoing work as a professional jeweller and her scholarly research on business, creativity and social impact, to design and deliver courses that empower students “to engage with business in a more informed manner.” Weston regards knowledge of business practices and strategies as “essential” for creative people. Art and design graduates, she says, “need to be able to make a living and flourish in society – that’s where entrepreneurship skills are invaluable. On the other side of the coin is learning about social responsibility and mission-driven business.”

Weston’s convictions have taken flight in OCAD U’s Minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. Co-designed and co-directed with Sarah Tranum, an assistant professor of social innovation design, the program began in September 2015. Open to students pursuing any major, it has proven highly appealing, with both core courses – SOSC 2004: Business, Leadership and Social Innovation and SOSC 3010 Creative Economies – fully enrolled.                             

In the classroom, Weston emphasizes hands-on experiences. “My courses all have a collaborative and experiential dimension,” she says. “I try to get my students to carry out work that is as practically relevant as possible. I therefore incorporate a range of formats and activities, including experiential projects, seminars, industry engagement, visiting speakers, student presentations and real-world business research and analysis.”

 

Elastic Effect

Elastic effect: Here, students took the most inspiring amount to initiative, and sold refreshments in the lobby of 100 McCaul St. to fund an art exhibition/ networking event that was the main event for their assignment. Their social mission was to give other students the opportunity to exhibit their work and network with local businesses.

 

O-POP Art Fair

O-POP Art Fair: here, students' social mission was to give a platform for other students to sell their work, they got loads of people to attend the event in 49 McCaul St.

 

Heartlines

Heartlines: A selfcare colouring book made with artwork from students at OCAD U, and sold to raise money for the health and wellness centre at OCAD U.

 

Beyond her teaching, Weston expands opportunities for students to learn about and engage in business and social innovation through her leadership of the university’s Impact Economy Research Hub — an arm of the Impact Collective, which she co-directs with Zev Farber of the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers. A notable Impact Collective project is the extended success of the Art Works! Video, which has been newly commissioned by CBC Arts as an online series and showcases how OCAD U community members use art and design to create dialogue about social change.

Good business

For Weston, business education at an art and design university pivots on helping students develop “transferable” skills. These include collaboration, research and analysis, and critical reflection — “acknowledging both the successes and limitations of knowledge and practice.”

“I also want to challenge the view that business and economic practices are fundamentally exploitative, harmful and unethical.” While that is sometimes the case, Weston accepts, what matters most is how one does business. Shedding light on this concept, Weston cites Caitlynn Fairbarns (Photography 2015) who drew on what she learned in Weston’s Entrepreneurship course to turn her final-year thesis project into a mission-driven enterprise that generates income by publishing zines, selling artwork and running community events while demystifying gender stereotypes in fan culture. “As Fairbarns’ Fake Geek Girls Like Us publishing platform shows, business can be extremely beneficial and socially innovative. It can, for instance, promote community values and development while also being economically sustainable. That’s the message I hope I’m able to communicate to my students.”

 

Morgan Holmes is a writer and editor based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His main areas of expertise are post-secondary education, the arts, and health care. When he's not wrangling words, Morgan enjoys making a racket on the Great Highland bagpipes.

*all images are from Weston's entrepreneurship class
Author: 
Morgan Holmes

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National Portfolio Day

Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

An education in art and design is a special learning experience. National Portfolio Day is your opportunity to meet professionals from some of the finest design and visual arts schools in North America. It’s not a competition, and no offers of admission will be made. Bring your portfolio containing no more than 15 pieces of your best work - and have it critiqued for potential admission to the art or design school of your choice.

What should you bring?
Include a variety of finished pieces in your portfolio that demonstrate your ability to work with a wide range of techniques, materials and subject matter. Drawings may be from direct observation, such as figure drawings, still life, interiors and landscapes. Work can use coloured pencils, pastels, watercolours, oil, acrylics, marker pens, collages, etc. In addition to finished pieces, your portfolio may include works in progress. Include a sketchbook to demonstrate your creative process and work habits (e.g., a creative journal that shows the development of particular work in your portfolio). Do not matt or frame your work, or worry about the presentation. The work itself is what is of interest.

No admission decisions or scholarship awards will be offered at National Portfolio Days.

Colleges and Universities attending OCAD's National Portfolio Day:
Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA
Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary AB
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA
California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA
College for Creative Studies, Detroit MI
Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus OH
Concordia University - Faculty of Fine Arts, Montreal QC
Emily Carr University of Art & Design Vancouver BC
FIDM/the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles CA
Hartwick College, Oneonta NY
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield MI
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia PA
New York School of Interior Design, New York NY
NSCAD University, Halifax NS
Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto ON
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles CA
Parsons Paris School of Art + Design, Paris France
Parsons the New School for Design, New York NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY
PrattMWP, Utica NY
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI
Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota FL
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville ON
Syracuse University - College of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse NY
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
York University - Faculty of Fine Arts, Toronto ON
York University/Sheridan College joint program in Design, Toronto ON

Representatives from OCAD will attend the following National Portfolio Day events:
Sunday October 26, 2008 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Sunday October 26, 2008 at Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts
Saturday November 1, 2008 at Kendall College of Art & Design
Sunday November 9, 2008 at The Art Institute of Boston
Saturday November 15, 2008 at Pratt Institute
Sunday November 16, 2008 at Purchase College
Saturday December 6, 2008 at Emily Carr University

For more information about the National Portfolio Day Association please visit their website.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

National Portfolio Day

Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

An education in art and design is a special learning experience. National Portfolio Day is your opportunity to meet professionals from some of the finest design and visual arts schools in North America. It's not a competition, and no offers of admission will be made. Bring your portfolio containing no more than 15 pieces of your best work - and have it critiqued for potential admission to the art or design school of your choice.
OCAD will host National Portfolio Day on Saturday, November 17, 2007. Reviews will be held from 12 noon to 4 pm, and admission is free.
Colleges and Universities attending National Portfolio Day:
Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AB
Alfred University, School of Art & Design, NYSCC, Alfred, NY
Bowling Green State University, School of Art, Bowling Green, OH
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH
Concordia University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC
Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design + Media, Vancouver, BC
FIDM, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
New York School of Interior Design, New York, NY
NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, ON
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
PrattMWP, Utica, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville, ON
The Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
York University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
What should you bring?
Include a variety of finished pieces in your portfolio that demonstrate your ability to work with a wide range of techniques, materials and subject matter. Drawings may be from direct observation, such as figure drawings, still life, interiors and landscapes. Work can use coloured pencils, pastels, watercolours, oil, acrylics, marker pens, collages, etc. In addition to finished pieces, your portfolio may include works in progress. Include a sketchbook to demonstrate your creative process and work habits (e.g., a creative journal that shows the development of particular work in your portfolio). Do not matt or frame your work, or worry about the presentation. The work itself is what is of interest.
No admission decisions or scholarship awards will be offered at National Portfolio Days.
OCAD attends other National Portfolio Day events throughout North America . For more information about the National Portfolio Day Association schedule visit, www.npda.org.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

OCAD at Ontario Universities Fair

Friday, September 28, 2007 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 4:00am

OCAD begins another year of student recruitment with the Ontario Universities Fair, September 28, 29 and 30 at the Metro Convention Centre. The fair provides a great opportunity for prospective students to collect information about the post-secondary choices Ontario's university system offers. The event attracted over 80,000 last year and gives OCAD faculty, alumni and administrators a chance to discuss the benefits of a visual art and design education.

Venue & Address: 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Professional Development Session, Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek

Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Professional Development Sessions: Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek

Reconciliation: The Role of Educators in Postsecondary Education

Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek is the Associate Vice-President, Academic & Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University where she is responsible for university faculty relations as well as leading the development of Indigenous academic development across various disciplines including the development of an Indigenous Education Centre dedicated to Indigenous learning, culture and scholarly pursuit at Laurentian University. A full professor in her home department, the School of Rural and Northern Health, she has developed expertise in Indigenous relations in the areas of health, education and research. Sheila is a member of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, MCA 190
Email: 
fcdc@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

Special Exciting Announcement by The Hon. Reza Moridi Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:45pm to 6:00pm

Please join OCAD U for a special exciting announcement by The Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities in the Great Hall on Tuesday, April 12 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Celebrate our transformation — physically in the heart of Toronto, substantially in the student experiences we offer, and exponentially in our effect on the world.

Public parking is available in the vicinity. 

Refreshments will be served.

 

Please contact Niya Bajaj at niya.bajaj@ontario.ca in advance with accessibility requirements. 

Watch a live web-cast of the event: www.vvcnetwork.ca/mtcu/20160412(link becomes live at start of the event).

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Level 2, Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto
Email: 
RSVP to rbuxtonpotts@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416.977.6000 x. 3020
Cost: 
Free

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