OCAD U's commitment to support new grads: extended access to Adobe Creative Cloud

Friday, June 14, 2019

As OCAD U celebrates the accomplishments of its newest graduates at today’s convocation ceremonies, the university is also proud to announce a bold new commitment to support these graduates with extended access to key career-related services and supports for the first year after they receive their degree.

NEW! Adobe Creative Cloud access extended by one year
The Adobe suite of software tools are key for creatives. OCAD U will now provide eligible graduating students who were enrolled in the Laptop Program with an additional 1-year extension to their Adobe Creative Cloud license. 

"Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of software is vital for all students coming out of the university,” said Zev Farber, Director, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers. “Retaining access to these tools as our graduates make early inroads into their professions allows them to hit the ground running, creating and making at exactly the level they need to, right from day one beyond their studies at the university.”

 

“We’re very proud to be able to build out our commitment to graduates to provide them with the support, resources and tools that they need to succeed in launching their creative careers,” said Deanne Fisher, Vice-Provost, Students & International. “The Adobe Creative Cloud access is a keystone benefit we’re proud to be able to offer, in addition the vastly expanded new programming we’ve added this past year to career development and experiential learning, delivered by the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers.” 

In addition to the extended Adobe Creative Cloud access, recent grads are invited to come work, collaborate and create in the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at 115 McCaul St., third floor. Think of it as an extension to your studio, office or other workspace —one that is in close proximity to networking opportunities, wifi access, meeting space, career advising, and mentorship via the Creative Professionals-In-Residence program. 

But there’s even more! OCAD U has collaborated with FreshBooks, an all-in-one invoicing and accounting solution made for budding entrepreneurs to offer our graduates a free 1-year subscription. FreshBooks does all the heavy lifting and time-consuming tasks for you, leaving more time for doing the work that you love. Our commitment also includes significant discounts on annual Format portfolio subscriptions, MOO business card and promotional materials, and continued access to tools like the Talent Network student and alumni job board, Career Launcher opportunities, networking and mentorship opportunities, career advising, workshops and industry events, career transition support, and so much more. Read more about our commitment to our new and recent graduates by visiting ocadu.ca/commitment

Poster: 
Extended access to Adobe Creative Cloud for one year beyond graduation

New Living Wall Garden by Raquel Da Silva in Rosalie Sharp Pavilion

Raquel Da Silva Wall Work
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:15am

A new living wall wall work by DRPT student Raquel Da Silva has been installed in OCAD University’s Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. This project was commissioned by the Faculty of Art and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD), and generously supported by Mercedes Benz Financial Services (MBFS) sponsorships.

As part of the Faculty of Art’s Painting in the Expanded Field course, students were asked to create site-specific proposals for a window/wallcorner in the recently renovated Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. Taking into account the building’s focus on experiential learning, the CEAD on level 3 and the publicly visible space, seventeen unique proposals were presented.

A committee of representatives from the CEAD, the Faculty of Art and OCAD U’s Health and Safety team shortlisted three proposals before selecting Raquel Da Silva’s project, Garden of CEAD. Raquel’s piece interpreted the CEAD as a safe space which provides students with the opportunities to grow and flourish. With this in mind, this project realizes the concept of a “garden” through the integration of live plants to foster the idea of growth and transformation. The piece is composed of several layers: a background design painted on the wall, wall-mounted planters and several laser-cut shapes and characters. The result is a three-dimensional wall garden that will grow over time.

Special thanks to Colette Laliberté for facilitating this project and making it possible.

Honourable Mentions:
Fourteen Art Students by Brianna Bruce
Sunseed by Hana Elmisry and Nicole Kim

Natalie King Announced as Recipient of Xpace Programming Coordinator Career Launcher

Natalie King
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 3:15pm

Congratulations to Natalie King (DRPT 2018') who has joined Xpace Cultural Centre as the team's Programming Coordinator. Natalie will work in collaboration with the Director and second Programming Coordinator to manage, plan and execute workshops, events and exhibitions for Xpace’s exhibition spaces. Natalie will also act as a liaison between the OCAD U student body, local and national arts organizations, artists and the general public for all information pertaining to Xpace.

Xpace Cultural Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union. We are dedicated to providing emerging and student artists, designers, curators and art writers with opportunities to showcase their work in a professional setting. Our programming responds to contemporary issues, and the interests and needs of our membership and community.  Xpace is committed to maintaining an anti-oppressive, queer positive environment, welcoming marginalized, racialized and indigenous folks.

Natalie King is a queer Anishinaabekwe artist, facilitator and member of Timiskaming First Nation. King's practice ranges from drawing, painting, and installation as well as community engagement and activism. Often involving portrayals of femme identities, King’s works are about embracing the ambiguity and multiplicities of identity within the indigenous queer femme experience. King's practice operates from a firmly critical, decolonizing, equity-oriented, non-oppressive, and future-bound perspective, capturing the realities of lived lives through frameworks of desire and survivance.

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school.

Legal Intersections #2 | Alternative Working & Studio Spaces

Legal Intersections is a four-part series addressing legal issues of importance to artists, designers, and cultural workers. The series is presented in collaboration with the Artists’ Legal Advice Services, the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCAD University, and the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Call for Applications - Nuit Blanche Community Engagement Assistant

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016, Director X presented Death of the Sun at Nathan Phillips Square as part of the exhibition, OBLIVION.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:00am to Monday, May 13, 2019 - 12:00am

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

RATE: $20 /hour for 30 hours/week

TERM: Part-time, May - September 2019

DEADLINE: Monday, May 13, 2019

Nuit Blanche Toronto is seeking applications to the part-time Community Engagement Assistant position. Supported by the Career Launcher program, the position will include a full integration into the professional environment of the City Cultural Events Team at the City of Toronto. The position will include the research and development of new programming initiatives for Nuit Blanche 2020 and participation on the on-site team responsible for implementation of the 2019 Nuit Blanche event. The position will offer critical insight and valuable exposure to the planning and execution of a large-scale public art event, learnings about the range of career options available, the opportunity to develop the skills required to succeed in the arts and culture sector. 

Nuit Blanche Toronto is Toronto’s annual free all-night contemporary art event that invites adventurous residents and visitors to take to the streets from sunset to sunrise. Experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of Canadian and international artists. One night only, all night long. 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists on community engagement work to increase Nuit Blanche awareness in communities outside the core. 
  • Works with City Cultural Events Team to identify and facilitate capacity building amongst communities to gather inputs for specific public programming events.
  • Assists with the delivery of interactive educational activities that engage public, provide resource material, collect contact info for future engagement events.
  • Oversees on-site impacting surveying with audience during public programming events with support from volunteers. 

PARTNER | NUIT BLANCHE TORONTO
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QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduated from OCAD University in 2018 or 2019 (undergraduate or graduate);
  • Experience assisting with community-based programs or services, and working at events, with volunteers and others;
  • Experience in developing and running public engagement activities/ events with demonstrated planning and scheduling skills;
  • Actively seeks to create an environment of equity and inclusion in working with culturally diverse and marginalized groups;
  • Team player, able to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Administrative and reporting experience, and attention-to-detail with excellent written and verbal 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Full contact information (name phone, and email) and current resume
  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION

Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Alexandra Hong at ahong@ocadu.ca.

For more information, visit the career launhers website

 

Website: 
https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2019-nuit-blanche-toronto-community-engagement-assistant
Email: 
ahong@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000 Ext. 3708

Call for Applications - Xpace Programming Coordinator

Xpace Cultural Centre welcomes applications for the Career Launcher position of Programming Coordinator. 

Call for Applications - Xpace Programming Coordinator

Call for Applications - Xpace Programming Coordinator
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 10:15am

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

RATE: $18 /hour for 35 hours/week

TERM: Full-time, three year contract starting June 4, 2019

DEADLINE: Monday, May 20, 2019

Xpace Cultural Centre welcomes applications for the Career Launcher position of Programming Coordinator. The Programming Coordinator works in collaboration with the Director and second Programming Coordinator to manage, plan and execute workshops, events and exhibitions for Xpace’s exhibition spaces. The Programming Coordinator acts as a liaison between the OCAD U student body, local and national arts organizations, artists and the general public for all information pertaining to Xpace.

Xpace Cultural Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union. We are dedicated to providing emerging and student artists, designers, curators and art writers with opportunities to showcase their work in a professional setting. Our programming responds to contemporary issues, and the interests and needs of our membership and community.  Xpace is committed to maintaining an anti-oppressive, queer positive environment, welcoming marginalized, racialized and Indigenous folks.

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to the Director, the Programming Coordinator:

  • Coordinates the planning and installation of exhibitions in consultation with the Programming Committee;
  • Coordinates the planning, promotion and implementation of workshop and event programs;
  • Coordinates web and print promotional material;
  • Edits exhibition essays and writes exhibition essays as needed;
  • Outreaches to student populations at OCAD University and other Toronto institutions;
  • Leads occasional art tours for classes and other arts organizations;
  • Creates press releases and disseminates programming information to media, Xpace membership and relevant arts organizations;
  • Ensures that the vision, mandate and objectives of Xpace are carried out through all programming initiatives;
  • Manages the planning, organization and execution of special projects;
  • Oversees interns in collaboration with the second Programming Coordinator and Director;
  • Maintenance and organization of space, supplies and storage;Co-manages and updates the Xpace website and social media as needed;
  • Acts as an ambassador for Xpace and the OCAD Student Union at class visits and OCAD U events. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have graduated from OCAD University in 2018 or 2019 (undergraduate or graduate);
  • Excellent administrative, communication, verbal and organizational skills;
  • Knowledge and interest in contemporary visual art, design and art writing;
  • Comfortable working in a Mac environment;
  • Comfortable with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and Wordpress;
  • Able to work in a collaborative environment;
  • Able to work occasional evening shifts for Xpace events;
  • Experience in exhibition installation, art writing/editing, arts education, media arts skills and/or grant writing will be considered an asset. 

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email), a confirmation of eligibility and a current resume
  • A cover letter outlining interest and relevant background
  • A short writing sample

 

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION

Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Alexandra Hong at ahong@ocadu.ca

For more information, visit the Career Launchers website

Venue & Address: 
Xpace Cultural Centre 303 Lansdowne Avenue Unit 2, Main Floor
Website: 
https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2019-xpace-cultural-centre-programming-coordinator
Email: 
ahong@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000 Ext. 3708
Cost: 
N/A

Toronto Animated Image Society at OCAD U

Toronto Animated Image Society at OCAD U
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Calling all animators!

Join us for a presentation by Mariam Zaidi, Managing Director of Toronto Animated Image Society to learn more about their residency programs, membership and Anijam call for submissions.

The Toronto Animated Image Society - TAIS’s Anijam call features 10-second-long animated films submitted under a theme, which are compiled and screened at the TAIS Annual Animation Showcase.

The Showcase Jury’s pick for Best Anijam will be awarded a cash prize and in-kind studio use toward production of a short-animated project for presentation at TAIS Showcase in 2020. The 2019 Anijam is High Tension. Artists are invited to submit 10-second-long mash-up masterpieces, creative never-before-seen combos, or unique universes populated by well-known characters.

Deadline: June, 23, 2019 (midnight)
More information: http://tais.ca/programs/2019-anijam/

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ABOUT TORONTO ANIMATED IMAGE SOCIETY (TAIS)

As a non-profit, charitable, artist-run production centre, TAIS is dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of independent animation through production, screenings, workshops, and exhibitions. Founded in 1984, today TAIS’ artistic vision is shaped by support for the ever-broadening multidisciplinary and global context of the animated arts. Annually, TAIS programming seeks to prioritize diverse, intersectional, and progressive artistic and community-based interests that maintain support for the traditions of the discipline while also reflecting an evolving, expanded definition of animation.

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ABOUT THE OCAD U CENTRE FOR EMERGING ARTISTS & DESIGNERS (CEAD)

Established in 2013, the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) sits alongside the other student-focused departments in the portfolio of the Vice-Provost, Students & International at OCAD U.

The CEAD is committed to supporting the early-career advancement of all students and recent alumni at OCAD U. Our team delivers specialized programs and services that connect individuals to
meaningful opportunities, communities of practitioners, skill-building resources and facilitated learning experiences.

The work of the CEAD is delivered across our Career Development and Experiential Learning Program portfolios. We are located on level 3 of OCAD University’s newly renovated Rosalie Sharp Pavilion for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul Street.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, OCAD University

Ontario Association of Art Galleries & Young Canada Works at OCAD U

Ontario Association of Art Galleries & Young Canada Works at OCAD
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Get your foot in the door at galleries, heritage centres, the cultural sector!

The Young Canada Works (YCW) program offers a variety of summer jobs and internships for you to develop work skills and gain professional experience. There are about 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, and culture!

On April 15th, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) will be visiting OCAD U to introduce their organization and the Young Canada Works (YCW) program.

OCAD U Photo grad Morgan Sears Williams will also join us to share her experience as a former YCW recipient and how this led to her current full-time job.

Following the presentations, the CEAD will be hosting a resume writing workshop. We will be going over helpful tips to aid you in building a resume just in time for summer jobs and internships. Please come with your laptop and a physical copy of your most recent resume.

Facebook Event 

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ABOUT THE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ART GALLERIES (OAAG)

Our Vision of the Future:
The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) will be an essential and sustainable art service organization serving Public Art galleries.

OAAG will be recognized as a leader in Canada’s cultural sector, whose voice is respected and trusted by stakeholders. OAAG will be enterprising in its delivery of services that members value. It will enable member connections through a state of the art digital platform. Members will be in ongoing contact with each other, to share resources and to develop the capacity of each individual and organization. OAAG and its partners will provide relevant, groundbreaking professional development courses to members.

Our long term vision is when our members and the entire public art gallery sector are thriving, art galleries will be contributing to the well-being of their communities through innovation and inspirations to move beyond the status quo. The art gallery as a site of learning will be at the centre of civic conversations, fostering curiosity and understanding. Galleries of all sizes occupy beautiful, functional facilities (physical and virtual) that inspire and display new creative forms. Galleries are sustainable because they are supported by members of the community and all levels of government.

Our Mission:
Through advocacy, professional development, and network-building, OAAG advances and empowers Ontario public art galleries.

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ABOUT YOUNG CANADA WORKS (YCA)

Young Canada Works (YCW) offers young Canadians the opportunity to develop work skills and gain professional experience. Through summer job programs and internship programs, students and recent graduates can put their skills to the test, build career equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path. YCW creates about 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, culture and official languages.

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ABOUT THE OCAD U CENTRE FOR EMERGING ARTISTS & DESIGNERS

Established in 2013, the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) sits alongside the other student-focused departments in the portfolio of the Vice-Provost, Students & International at OCAD U.

The CEAD is committed to supporting the early-career advancement of all students and recent alumni at OCAD U. Our team delivers specialized programs and services that connect individuals to
meaningful opportunities, communities of practitioners, skill-building resources and facilitated learning experiences.

The work of the CEAD is delivered across our Career Development and Experiential Learning Program portfolios. We are located on level 3 of OCAD University’s newly renovated Rosalie Sharp Pavilion for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul Street.
 

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, OCAD University

DPXA Students to Screen Animation with Live Orchestra

DPXA Students to Screen Animation with Live Orchestra
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 3:45pm

Earlier this semester, OCAD University's Experiential Learning Program partnered with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra on a project to create a series of animations that will accompany the live performance of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Led by Tommy Truong (DPXA Alumni) and animated by a group of talented Digital Painting Expanded Animation students, this final animation will be screened with a live orchestra at the Living Arts Centre as part of their season finale performance.

Pictures Moving at an Exhibition
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:30pm
Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Dr, Mississauga

Poster: 
DPXA Students to Screen Animation with Live Orchestra

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