Happy Pride Month! Celebrate with OCAD U!

Pride
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 11:30pm

OCADSU Flag Painting @ Butterfield Park
Monday, JUNE 10, 2 p.m.

Kick off Pride Month with a community PRIDE flag painting; finished piece will be installed in the OCAD Main Building (100 McCaul)! Meet some lovely OCADIANS, spread the love... and paint! 

Group OCAD U Pride Photo
Wednesday, June 12, 3 p.m., Grange Park

Join your fellow OCADians for a group Pride celebration photo in the Grange Park field! Dress in your best Pride Month garb. Rain or shine – bring your fabulous umbrellas, if needed! We’ll share these photos on social media as part of #DisplayYourPride on June 13. 

#DisplayYourPride Challenge
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Show off your creativity and decorate your office, a student space, a door, create an artwork, paint your face, coordinate your outfits – whatever works for you and your area. On Thursday, June 13, take photos and share them on your social channels using the #DisplayYourPride hashtag. 

OCAD U thrilled to be participating in this event alongside Ryerson U, York U, UofT and Humber College! Let’s celebrate our collective Pride, build awareness and create safer, more LGBTQ2SIA-affirming spaces on all our campuses. And in friendly, competitive spirit, let’s show our Toronto PSE peers how OCAD U celebrates Pride! 

Pride Month Zine Display & Button Making
The OCAD U Zine Library in the Learning Zone celebrates Pride Month with a display of new and popular favourites curated by the LGBTQ+ and supporting staff members. Each week we will feature a review relating to why a title was selected from the Pride zine display.

On Thursday June 13, 2 to 4 p.m.,the Learning Zone will host a #DisplayYourPride button making celebration. All welcome.

OCADSU Pride Beach Day at Cherry Beach
Friday, June 14, 2 to 6 p.m.
Join the OCAD Student Union under the sun at Cherry Beach for the most body positive beach day ever! A joint event by OCAD Student Union and RyePride Ryerson Student Union! (Dry event BYOBubbles)
Meet-up: 12:30pm at Butterfield Park or join us at Cherry Beach from 1:00pm - 6:00pm 
Please contact the OCAD Student Union for any questions, concerns and/or accessibility needs at: info@ocadsu.org

Late Night Queer Social & Movie Night
Wednesday, June 26, 5 to 8 p.m.
OCAD Student Union Lounge, 230 Richmond St. W., Level 6

Movie night at the Student Union Space, comfy couches, popcorn and a whole lot amazing people! 

Pronoun Bracelet Making Workshop: June 25, 1 to 3 p.m.
Health & Wellness Centre, 6thfloor, 230 Richmond St. W. 
Join the Health & Wellness Centre’s Peer Wellness Educators and OCADSU for a workshop with beads and friendship bracelets during Journaling Club.

OCAD SU Pride BBQ
June 28, 12 to 10 p.m.
Butterfield Park

All the Pride festivities got you beat? 
Join us in Butterfield Park for a community BBQ filled with music, Queer History, re-energizing beverages, Ask The Universe Popsicles, Drag Karaoke by Lunch Break Linda, BBQ Pineapples and Hot Dogs (Veggie, Halal, Kosher), Pronoun bracelets making with OCAD HWC and a whole lot more!  This will be a dry event (no alcohol), please contact us for any accessibility needs at campaigns@ocadsu.org or events@ocadsu.org

DIY LOVE: Queer Knowledge & History Then, Now, and Forever
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Created by Kaythi, Seiji, Will Carpenter, Natalie Mark, John Wigle, Maya Wilson-Sanchez, and Lex B, DIY LOVE was created to exhibit and celebrate LGBTQ2S+ activism, knowledge, history, experiences, and bodies. 

In partnership with Recruitment and Admissions and OCADSU’s Xpace Cultural Centre, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) supported students to create a public art installation and community engagement initiative at the 2017 Pride Toronto Street Fair. The DIY Love Installation featured a wheat-pasting workshop in celebration of LGBTQ2S+ activist knowledge and sought to involve BIPOC, transgender, and disability activism in Pride celebrations and to highlight the LGBTQ2S+ community’s collective endurance and resilience, its diversity of life experience, and revitalizing role as creators and listeners!

Drop by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) to pick up your own copy of a poster! Located on the ODESI table at 230 Richmond St. W., Level 6. Learn more about the project and the artists: https://diylove2017.tumblr.com/

Handbook: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education
In March 2018, OCAD U’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) released Handbook: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education. The guide draws from anti-oppressive education models to enable educators to unlearn and critically address oppression on the basis of race, gender and sexuality, and transform their understanding of how to support queer and transgender students in the studio, classroom, and beyond. Handbookwas created by the Queer Publishing Project, an active research group of over 100 students, former students, alumni, staff and faculty at OCAD U. ODESI provided mentoring and project support to produce the publication, alongside faculty member Anthea Black and printmaking technician Nick Schick. Copies of the Handbook are available through faculty offices and OCADSU.

 

Venue & Address: 
Various locations
Cost: 
Free

June is Pride Month! #DisplayYourPride, OCAD U!

OCAD U Pride
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 12:15pm to Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 12:00am

Show off your creativity and decorate your office, a student space, a door, create an artwork, paint your face, coordinate outfits – whatever works for you, your area and your team. On Thursday, June 13, take photos and share them on your social channels using the #DisplayYourPride hashtag. 

OCAD U is thrilled to be participating in this event alongside Ryerson U, York U, UofT and Humber College! Let’s celebrate our collective Pride, build awareness and create safer, more LGBTQ2SIA-affirming spaces on all our campuses. And in friendly, competitive spirit, let’s show our Toronto PSE peers how OCAD U celebrates Pride! 

John Walsh: This is a Political March / 1973 – 2016

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:30pm

100 McCaul St., Lobby
Runs June 1 to 30, 2017
Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

JOHN WALSH
This is a Political March / 1973 - 2016
Video (4:16 minute loop), 2016

In 1973 Sylvia Rivera, a prominent figure of the Stonewall riots, fought her way onto the stage at New York’s Gay Liberation Rally. After years of fighting for the rights of trans and gender non conforming individuals of the queer community, she found the oppressed had turned into the oppressors; attempting to silence her voice as well as others. The feminists and gay men of 1973 believed that queens and trans women such as Sylvia were not the right face of the Gay Liberation movement, which we now celebrate as Pride. 

How far have we come?

In 2016, Black Lives Matter Toronto staged a sit-in at the Pride Parade, protesting the treatment and representation of the most marginalized of the LGBTQ2S community in Toronto. Booing from the crowd ensued. Within seconds of critiquing the current system of Pride, and asking for a more inclusive approach, Black Lives Matter were denounced by the very people who belong to the same community. Is this a political march, or a capitalist party?

With rebuilding and reinventing the ways we navigate through the movement of queer liberation, we cannot allow our most marginalized to be an afterthought.

- John Walsh

John Walsh is a multidisciplinary designer based in Toronto. Through political and speculative work, he aims to promote dialogues and discussion within topics such as identity, society and activism.

This work is presented by Onsite Gallery at OCAD University, as part of OCAD U's participation in Toronto's Pride Month.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Lobby
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
FREE
John Walsh, This is a Political March / 1973 - 2016 (still)

OCAD @ PRIDE

pride pic
Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

The OCAD Student Union (OCADSU) invites students, faculty and staff and friends of OCAD to represent the university for the first time ever at this year’s Toronto Pride Parade, taking place Sunday, June 29. The group will meet at 11 a.m. in spot #156 on Bloor Street East (east of Church Street; the number will be marked on the pavement).

Participants are asked to think “art and design” in terms of costume and consider wearing one of the OCAD colours (pink, blue, orange, green or purple), and everyone is welcome to march, dance, walk, jog, bounce, skateboard, rollerblade, or just move! Please bring your own water bottle for refilling.

Several daring participants are having their torsos painted with famous artworks by a professional body painter. One more female participant is required.

PRIDE CHECKLIST:

- Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
- Water (refillable bottles; water will be available)
- Boas, Bubble Makers and Bondage gear!

The general Rule of Pride is anyone with a water gun gets wet!
This will not mix well with body paint!! Bring at your own discretion!

To find out more, to help with decorating our mini-float the "OCADDY", to have your body painted or if you have mobility considerations, please contact OCADSU Office Manager Tre Whan at 416-977-6000, Ext. 341.

Venue & Address: 
Gathering area Bloor & Church Streets, Toronto, ON
Email: 
studentu@ocad.ca

OCAD and PRIDE 2008: Meeting

pride flag
Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

A number of students have expressed interest in OCAD involvement in the Pride Parade 2008. Let's meet and have a brainstorming session. All are welcome!

Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Venue & Address: 
Student Centre Level 1, 51 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
bjames@ocad.ca
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OCAD University statement on Orlando shootings

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 4:00am

The OCAD University community is deeply saddened by the horrific mass shootings that took place in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, June 12. We extend our sincerest condolences to the victims, their families and friends, and all who were touched by this tragedy.

OCAD University abhors violence against individuals and groups based on religion, ethnic or cultural heritage, country of origin, skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, or any other identity. We recognize the profound and essential value that diversity brings to the creation, reception and circulation of creative practices and discourse. We believe that our community is enriched by a wide spectrum of knowledge and experience embodied in an inclusive variety of communities, philosophies and ways of knowing.

As always, OCAD University’s support services, are available to those who need it. Students may access support through our Health & Wellness Centre (6th floor of 230 Richmond Street West). Staff and faculty may access support through OCAD U’s Employee Assistance Program.

OCAD U extends an open invitation to all to drop in at any time tomorrow at Onsite Gallery’s Pride Month celebrations for an opportunity for safe community engagement. A vigil in support of the LGTBQ community is being organized by several campus groups and information will be shared when it is available.

Proud objects: Cheryl Pope’s first Canadian exhibition + tips for collaborative art

I WANT TO BE PROUD

Cheryl Pope, I WANT TO BE PROUD, 2016. Text by Debora Puricelli. Nylon and tackle twill, 3 x 5 ft. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

In early 2016, renowned Chicago-based visual artist and designer Cheryl Pope collaborated with OCAD University students and local community members in her first Canadian exhibition, which formed a major part of Onsite Gallery and the university’s Pride 2016 programming (June 8 to July 4). This site-specific exhibition, Objects for Listening, included 10 colourful, varsity-style champion banners and multiple audio installations she calls “listening stations.”


All the pieces were developed in workshops, in which Pope led us through a variety of exercises, each one bringing us deeper into our private personal thoughts and perceptions. We answered questions. We sewed and chatted. We wrote while looking at ourselves in mirrors. And then we chatted some more.

 

I AM MYSELF

Cheryl Pope, I AM MYSELF, 2016. Text by OCAD U workshop participant. Nylon and tackle twill, 3 x 5 ft. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

I AM NOT AFRAID

Cheryl Pope, I AM NOT AFRAID, 2016. Nylon and tackle twill, 3 x 5 ft. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.


Queer diversity and community

Pope designed the artworks in Objects for Listening to carry individuals’ thoughts from the OCAD U community. Those individuals may or may not have very different viewpoints, but they all reveal deep reflection on diverse identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations. Today, at the 35th anniversary of the bathhouse raids and Toronto’s Pride Parade, it is impossible to find any overarching language that could define the OCAD U or queer communities.

As discussions at the intersections of gender, race, cultural background, ability, age, class, education, politics and values are expanded, the significance of community remains important. As a community, over the past 35 years many in Toronto have fought hard for diverse sexual and gender expressions and identities.

Now, as we investigate systemic oppression, community strength, support and brainstorming remain vital. Working collaboratively, in the manner Pope does, successfully navigates and supports individuals and their communities.

I DON'T SEE ME AS YOU SEE ME

Cheryl Pope, I DON”T SEE ME AS YOU SEE ME, 2016. Nylon and tackle twill, 3 x 5 ft. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

I AM UNSURE OF MY PLACE

Cheryl Pope, I AM UNSURE OF MY PLACE, 2016. Text by Lizz Khan. Nylon and tackle twill, 3 x 5 ft. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.


Cheryl Pope. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. Photo credit: LaMont Hamilton.

Cheryl Pope. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. Photo credit: LaMont Hamilton.

Pope’s 7 most important elements for designing collaborative art projects

  1. “Generating content with people through conversations, workshops, text submissions and free writes is rooted in the value of discovering together, of asking, looking, listening and finding.”
  2. Creating collaboratively “respects and celebrates the individual and highlights that individuals together make a community.”
  3. Pope’s works “offer the possibility to hear both the individual and the community.”
  4. “Working in this way, I find that it is possible to avoid assumptions and, instead, hear and better represent the voice of the people I am collaborating with.”
  5. “Research through conversations and workshops draws a foundation to the work that it is for the people, by the people and with the people. I see myself as a journalist; this is extremely important, as the work is understood as a voice of many.”
  6. “Being physically present with people and listening offers me the opportunity to hear the call and reactions, the community speak, the value and weight of the voice, of the body, the temperature in the room, the cadence and the progression, the silence, the comfort and discomfort. These aspects are most important in the research, the physicality of language.”
  7. “The workshops are focused opportunities for reflecting, sharing, questioning and listening. They offer the opportunity for members of the same community to hear one another, in a safe, respected and valued space. The awareness that their voices are being listened to as part of the research seems to call forward a heightened intention to the contribution and exchange.”

 

Lisa Deanne Smith is the curator of Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s experimental curatorial platform and professional gallery of art, design and digital media.

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OCAD University partners with Pride Toronto for two exciting new exhibitions

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 6:30pm

OCAD University returning as a major cultural partner of Pride Toronto, which this year is hosting Canada’s first ever Pride Month!

Cheryl Pope’s Objects for Listening

As part of this growing, inclusive arts and culture festival, OCAD U’s Onsite Gallery is presenting new work by renowned Chicago-based visual artist Cheryl Pope. This is Pope’s first time exhibiting in Canada.

Earlier this year, Pope collaborated with OCAD U students and local community members to create an exhibition that forms part of the university’s Pride 2016 programming. A site-specific exhibition, Objects for Listening comprises 10 colourful varsity-style champion banners, each of which is printed with a brief text developed in workshops where Pope engaged participants in conversations around issues of sexual orientation, identity and power.

Objects for Listening is curated by Lisa Deanne Smith, the curator of Onsite Gallery, and made possible by support from OCAD U’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives, Onsite Gallery and Admissions & Recruitment.

OCAD U student show

For Pride 2016, OCAD U will concurrently host a student show and public art installation led by OCAD U’s chair of Media & Installation Art, Wrik Mead. The works aim to unite and empower students in their diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Parts of this exhibition will move to the Pride Street Fair for Pride weekend (July 1–3).

When: June 8 to July 4, 2016

Where: The Great Hall, OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Toronto

Opening reception: June 8, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. DJs Mary Mack and Cozmic Cat will spin tunes, and there will be a mini-ball and performance by House of Monroe.

Attendance at the exhibition and opening reception are free and everyone is welcome.

ASL provided for opening remarks and to interpret the works.
 

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OCAD U Student Exhibition

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 10:30pm to Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 2:30am

As part of OCAD University's Major Cultural Partnership with Pride Toronto, we are pleased to present an OCAD U Student Exhibition to unite and empower our students in their diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

Featuring work by Madelyn Alexander, Dominique Crowley, Adam Filek, John Holland, Lara Aphrodite Isaias, James Patrick Knott, Emily Norry, Jules Reeves, Cecilia Salcedo, Sean Sandusky, Morgan Sears-Williams, Michael Seleski, Ronald Siu and Sarah Alinia Ziazi.

Curated by Wrik Mead

Alongside the OCAD U Student Exhibition is a show presented by Onsite Gallery, Cheryl Pope: Objects for Listening. The new site-specific work in this exhibition was developed through workshops with OCAD U students and the local community, creating objects for listening.

Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith

Both exhibitions run concurrently:
June 8 to July 4, 2016
OCAD U Great Hall
100 McCaul Street
Second Floor

Opening party: June 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Featuring:

  • DJ Mary Mack
  • DJ Cozmic Cat
  • Don’t miss House of Monroe’s mini-Ball and performance at 8:30 p.m.

Event is FREE, all are welcome
ASL provided for opening remarks and to interpret the works
Snacks available from The Steady Café
The space is wheelchair accessible through use of elevators from the ground floor
Fully accessible with gender-neutral washrooms
Presented as part of OCAD U's Major Cultural Partnership with Pride Toronto

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U's Great Hall: 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/events/1352020268147450/
Cost: 
FREE
I want To Be Proud Cheryl Pope & OCAD U Student Exhibitions poster with event info

OCAD U Student Pride Exhibition Call for Submissions

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 8:00pm

Call for Submissions
OCAD U Pride Student Exhibition

An exhibition in celebration of the work, diversity and lives of our LGBTQI2-S students, Pride Toronto and our collective future. This exhibition will be presented alongside the work of Chicago-based artist Cheryl Pope in OCAD University's Great Hall from June 8 to July 4, 2016. Pope's work questions and responds to issues of power, inequality, race, gender and segregation.

This year's theme at Pride is "you can sit with us" and showcases all ages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, gender identities and ethnicities. We encourage students working in all mediums to apply!

Submission Info

  • Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, May 11 by 4 p.m.
  • Send submissions to: submissions@ocadu.ca
  • Send documented work as JPEGs. For performance, digital video or any time-based works please upload video documentation to YouTube or Vimeo and send the URL. Alternatively, you can send your JPEGs or QuickTime files via DropBox

OCAD University's Major Cultural Partnership with Pride Toronto 2016 is supported by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives and Onsite Gallery.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Great Hall
Email: 
submissions@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
FREE
Call for submissions OCAD pride student exhibition poster with application info and rainbow

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