OCAD U receives $250,000 to develop Art & Design Social Innovation Zone

 

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 5:00am

(Toronto—November 6, 2014) The McConnell Family Foundation has selected OCAD University (OCAD U) to be a recipient of the RECODE Catalyst fund, dedicated to activating social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education across Canada. 

RECODE provides social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities to college and university students, so that they may become drivers of progress and change.

RECODE will:

  • Support the development of campus-level social innovation and social entrepreneurship ‘zones’, along with business, community and public sector partners.
  • Operate a national challenge and collaboration platform open to all post-secondary faculty and students in Canada.
  • Advance society’s ability to address social and environmental challenges through collaboration and innovation across disciplines, sectors and institutions.

OCAD U’s new Art & Design Social Innovation Zone will launch student-centred social entrepreneurship programs spearheaded by the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and through the curriculum via entrepreneurship courses. It will do so in conjunction with OCAD U’s Digital Media Research & Innovation Institute’s expansion of social innovation research capacity. Programming will include partnerships with OCAD University’s commercialization hub, the Imagination Catalyst, and build a network of community partners. This network will explore system models for mobilization, positive change-entrepreneurship, learning opportunities and participatory engagement processes — with the goal of uncovering untapped ideas, interests, resources and opportunities; and establishing programs and services needed to drive social innovation and launch social enterprises.

“It is an honour to receive this grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to benefit and serve our students, and network of partners, and to be part of this remarkable platform dedicated to catalyzing social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education across Canada,” said Monica Contreras, Director, Digital Media Research & Innovation Institute. “OCAD University will expand its role as an adaptive change agency and a hub of creative social enterprises ready to tackle society’s greatest challenges.”

To learn more about the initiative please visit www.re-code.ca or join the conversation on Facebook (LetsRECODE) and Twitter @LetsRECODE #LetsRECODE.

About the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization based in Montréal that supports Canadians in building a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable and resilient society. For more information, please visit: http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca.

City MOGULS is a unique event that celebrates Toronto's entrepreneurs in an unforgettable fashion show to raise money for Canadian charities. This year we are proud to be supporting Covenant House Toronto.  The event is Thursday, November 7th at The Toronto Event Centre and we are looking for volunteers! This will be an amazing opportunity to meet people from all different industries in Toronto, as well as be a part of an amazing charity event. If any students are interested in this opportunity, please fill out THIS google form no later than Monday October 21st. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Victoria Marshman at victoria@citymoguls.com or visit www.citymoguls.com for more information.   
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Please see below for full details. 
Left: Eryn Loughheed illustration. Right: Owen Marshall stop sign work. Images Courtesy of the Artists.
These eight emerging bookmakers, photographers, publishers, printmakers and ephemera-enthusiasts will showcase and market their editioned prints, books, or other artworks to a growing audience of over 10,000 artists, curators, collectors, and book-lovers.
Artist Luke Parnell working at rooftop studio, Guanajuato, Mexico
Luke Parnell, Assistant Professor at OCAD University’s Faculty of Art, is taking part as a resident artist at the 2019 Festival Internacional Cervantino  ̶  one of the largest arts festivals in the world. As this year's guest country at the festival, Canada will feature its vibrant and diverse arts sector on the stages and streets of Guanajuato, Mexico. As a resident artist, Parnell is working in a rooftop studio, with the backdrop of Guanajuato, October 13 to 19, 2019.
Dr. Caroline Langill, Vice-President, Academic & Provost, OCAD University, joined higher education and Indigenous leaders at the fifth annual Building Reconciliation Forum held last week at Algoma University – the only university in Canada located on the site of a former residential school.   Jointly hosted by Algoma University, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Nipissing University, Cape Breton University and the University of Northern British Columbia, the forum brought together more than 250 participants including university and Indigenous community leaders, Elders, residential school survivors, partners and students from across the country.I n advance of the fifth anniversary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the forum offered participants a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas and share best practices on how to advance reconciliation through higher education and support the healing journey. 
Konstanz Workshop & Lecture
TITLE: ILLOKONSTANZ VOL 01 VENUE: Kulturzentrum, Konstanz, Germany DATES:  October 14 - 19 OCADU Professors Gary Taxali will be exhibiting work and presenting a lecture/workshop along with illustrators Greg Mably (OCADU Professor), Thilo Rothacker, Ellen Weinstein, Marc Burckhardt, and Thomas Fuchs.  
Anson Liaw - Blame It On Me
OCADU Instructor Anson Liaw has been named 1 of 50 winning artists selected by CIRCLE QUARTERLY ART REVIEW magazine.  His artwork will be featured for publication in print and online for the Fall 2019 issue of CIRCLE QUARTERLY ART REVIEW.  Three of his illustration images were selected as winning images and will be featured along with a short artist statement sharing his perspectives.  The Titles of  three illustration images (see below) are:  Title: Blame It On Me Title: Slim Pickings Title: Born Evil
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Edited by Patricio Dávila, and designed by Ali Qadeer and Patricia Pastén  
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 5:00am

(Toronto—November 6, 2014) The McConnell Family Foundation has selected OCAD University (OCAD U) to be a recipient of the RECODE Catalyst fund, dedicated to activating social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education across Canada. 

RECODE provides social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities to college and university students, so that they may become drivers of progress and change.

RECODE will:

  • Support the development of campus-level social innovation and social entrepreneurship ‘zones’, along with business, community and public sector partners.
  • Operate a national challenge and collaboration platform open to all post-secondary faculty and students in Canada.
  • Advance society’s ability to address social and environmental challenges through collaboration and innovation across disciplines, sectors and institutions.

OCAD U’s new Art & Design Social Innovation Zone will launch student-centred social entrepreneurship programs spearheaded by the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and through the curriculum via entrepreneurship courses. It will do so in conjunction with OCAD U’s Digital Media Research & Innovation Institute’s expansion of social innovation research capacity. Programming will include partnerships with OCAD University’s commercialization hub, the Imagination Catalyst, and build a network of community partners. This network will explore system models for mobilization, positive change-entrepreneurship, learning opportunities and participatory engagement processes — with the goal of uncovering untapped ideas, interests, resources and opportunities; and establishing programs and services needed to drive social innovation and launch social enterprises.

“It is an honour to receive this grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to benefit and serve our students, and network of partners, and to be part of this remarkable platform dedicated to catalyzing social innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education across Canada,” said Monica Contreras, Director, Digital Media Research & Innovation Institute. “OCAD University will expand its role as an adaptive change agency and a hub of creative social enterprises ready to tackle society’s greatest challenges.”

To learn more about the initiative please visit www.re-code.ca or join the conversation on Facebook (LetsRECODE) and Twitter @LetsRECODE #LetsRECODE.

About the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization based in Montréal that supports Canadians in building a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable and resilient society. For more information, please visit: http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca.