OCAD University’s Black Sparks initiative receives support from Ford Foundation

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 1:15pm

The Black Sparks fundraising campaign will support Black artists and designers by funding OCAD U’s Black Youth Design Initiative. This initiative includes “Imagine, Make and Connect” workshops for 8–12 year-old Black youth as well as the Design4 program, which provides paid professional opportunities to upper-year OCAD U students.

The Ford Foundation’s commitment of $65,000 is Black Sparks’ biggest donation yet and Dr. Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, couldn’t be happier to secure it. Said Tunstall, who herself is the first Black and Black female dean of a university or college design faculty, “This spark will help us ignite our Black Youth Design Initiative. The donation will support entrepreneurial efforts in the Design4 program to place nine students and recent alumni within three Black community organizations.”

"Because design is the way humans remake the world, we support OCAD University's efforts to increase capacity in Black communities to remake our worlds so that they are more equitable, just, and expressive of our rich cultures," said Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. 

The Black Sparks fundraising campaign seeks to recruit 100 Black leaders who will commit to contributing $100 CAD a month in support of OCAD University’s Black students, faculty, staff and community partners. It’s a part of the transformational fundraising effort known as Ignite Imagination: The Campaign for OCAD University.

The institution’s first Black Spark came from artist and OCAD U alumnus Gordon Shadrach, who donated one of his paintings to the annual university art auction Project 31, raising $3,600 for the Black Youth Design Initiative.

You can join the Black Sparks movement by donating $100 per month. Please visit ocadu.convio.net/100x100BlackSparks for more information.

Dori Tunstall will be the Keynote speaker at the Joint Futures conference in Helsinki.

Dori Tunstall, keynote at Helsinki Conference
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 7:15am to Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 7:15am

All of us strongly strive to create a community and a safe space to learn, get inspired, meet like-minded people, and gather actionable insights to create change in your own teams.

Joint Futures Conference, September 3-5, 2019 - https://jointfuturesconf.com

We have been offered a 10% discount, please use discount code: tunstall@jf2019!2kj6

Venue & Address: 
Helsinki, Finland
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One Who Protects a Sibling

Group Photo
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 12:00pm

Race relations in Canada are often viewed through the prism of Indigenous/European settler binaries. ‘One Who Protects a Sibling’ seeks to shift focus to explore Indigenous and Black relations through the direct personal connections between pairs of OCAD University Indigenous and Black students (Emily Kewageshig, Star Nahwegahbo, Bert Pringle, Renee Loeza Goycochea, Adé Abegunde and Aljumaine Gayle,) as well as the project facilitators, Jason Baerg [Cree Métis] and Dori Tunstall [African American]. Each set of partners co-creates through dialogue mediated objects and/or experiences that provide deep cultural and emotional protection for each other. Through the co-designs, the design partners explore the history of Indigenous and Black relations in Canada, the shared conditions of marginalization that affect both communities, and issues of appropriation and misappropriation between the two communities. Starting with each community’s relationship to the land, the design partners speculate on future relations between Indigenous and Black communities.



Adé Abegunde, Jason Baerg, Aljumaine Gayle, Renee Loeza Goycochea, Emily Kewageshig, Star Nahwegahbo, Bert Pringle, Dori Tunstall


Fri, Jan 18, 2019 — Sun, Feb 3, 2019

Free Admission

Opening Reception: Fri, Jan 18, 6-9pm



BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre

19 Brock Avenue


Daily Hours

Image attached: One Who Protects a Sibling Project Group Portrait

Top row L to R: Dori Tunstall, Renee Loeza Goycochea, Emily Kewageshig, Star Nahwegahbo, and Jason Baerg

Bottom row L to R: Adé Abegunde, Bert Pringle, and Aljumaine Gayle

Photo credit: Brian Martin

Photo Design by Dori Tunstall


Venue & Address: 
BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre, 19 Brock Avenue
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The 9th National Black Business & Professional Convention (NBBPC)

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The National Black Business and Professional Convention (NBBPC) is the meeting and birthplace of great minds as it relates to business, entrepreneurship, professional excellence, economic empowerment and higher education. It is designed to target pools of Canada’s brightest students and forward -thinking professionals.

The NBBPC’s main objective is to provide education, career, entrepreneurial and networking opportunities for students/Individuals, businesses and associations across the Nation, especially within the Black community.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Room 190
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The 2018 Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum

Feminist Forum
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:00am to Monday, December 3, 2018 - 4:00pm

LiisBeth and Feminists at Work hosted the first Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum at OCAD University in November 2017 with support from the City of Toronto, SheEO, Moxie Trades, and the Flourishing Business Model Canvas. 100+ feminists from Toronto and beyond shared stories, knowledge, and new tools. 


This year, we’re back at it with an expanded two-day program. Join us December 2-3, 2018 to explore feminist approaches to business design, product and service innovation, strategic planning, and more. We’re uplifting the voices of feminist business practitioners of all genders and identities.

​Workshops will be about learning and co-creating. We'll move during the day and leave room for emotion as well as intellect. Wild! Meet, get energized, and identify collaboration opportunities.

The future of business is what we make it, and it is most certainly feminist. Join us!


Venue & Address: 
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. East
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IDC's Three-Day Conference

Dr. Dori Tunstall, FoD Dean
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 7:30am to Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:30pm

OCAD U's Faculty of Design Dean Dr. Dori Tunstall will be a speaker at this year's IDC 3-day conference. For tickets or more information please click here: http://idcdesignsymposium.ca/

Venue & Address: 
Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay St.
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STANCE: The Possible role of design and designers

Stance: The Possible role of design and designers
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

About the Speakers

LUIGI FERRARA OAA, MRAIC, Hon. ACIDO, ICSID Senator, Dean, Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology, George Brown College, Toronto. Luigi Ferrara is an architect, designer, educator and storyteller. He is the Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and Director of the internationally acclaimed Institute without Boundaries (IwB). He has served as President and Senator of ICSID (now called the World Design Organization) and lectures around the world on topics as diverse as design and sustainability, design management, urban planning, information technology, digital media, telecommunications and the Wisdom Economy.

DORI TUNSTALL ELIZABETH (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

About the Curator

RODRIGO BARREDA is a Toronto-based designer, and curator with over 25 years experience primarily working in the not-for-profit sector. He is a graduate of Advertising Art Direction from the Ontario College of Art & Design. His work has focused on the study and implementation of projects that address design for social services and social change. Rodrigo Barreda will pursue a Masters in Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University in the fall of 2018. Barreda is currently Manager of Graphic Design at United Way Greater Toronto and Education Programming Director at Sur Gallery.

About Sur Gallery

Sur Gallery is Toronto's first gallery space dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American art. Sur Gallery is a project of LACAP-Latin American Canadian Art Projects.

Sur Gallery acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and The City of Toronto through section 37. Sur Gallery acknowledges its co-presenter Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts as well as our partner OCAD University. Sur Gallery also acknowledges the generous contributions of Mario Navarro, Roberto Cortez, Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Archivo Patrimonial de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Colectivo Diseñadores Gráficos de la Universidad Técnica del Estado Chile for their contribution towards STANCE: Design Against Fascism exhibition.

For further information or press inquiries please contact Alexia Bréard-Anderson at:



Alexia Bréard-Anderson
Gallery Administrator
Sur Gallery
39 Queens Quay East, suite 100
Toronto, ON M5E 0A5
Phone: 416.654.7787


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
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Faculty of Design featured in Scotiabank mini-doc

Student holding up a work of art
Friday, April 27, 2018

Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design, appears alongside OCAD U students in a mini-documentary, titled Enriched Thinking, to be unveiled at the 2018 Hot Docs Festival.  Created in partnership with Scotia Wealth Management, the online video shows Canadians that “a world of infinite potential begins with enriched thinking.” 

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Student holding up a work of art

'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going? Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Panelists will be:

Aura (Visual Artist); Chief Lady Bird (Visual Artist); Dori Tunstall (Dean Faculty of Design, OCAD); Gordon Shadrach (Visual Artist); Kris Noakes (President of Peel Aboriginal Network); Lamoi Simmonds (Spoken Word Artist), Quentin VerCetty (Visual Artist) and Tennille Dowers (Visual Artist).

Moderator: Nicole N. Hanson (Environmental Planner)


The flow for the evening will be:


6:00 - 6:20 pm - Mingling, refreshments & viewing of the artwork (Panelists seated by 6:15 pm)


6:25 - 6:30 pm - Territorial Land Statement --Kris Noakes 


6:30 - 6:35 pm - Welcome by the Museums—Noa Bronstein (Including a blurb about Myseum Intersections Festival that I will send you)


6:35 - 6:40 pm - Spoken Word performance of "Black + Tired" by Lamoi Simmonds 


6:40 - 6:45 pm - Introduction of the panel - Nicole Hanson (Moderator) 


6:45 - 7:45 pm - Panel Discussion - All panelists 


7:45 - 7:50 pm - Closing Remarks and Thank Yous - Tennille 


7:50 - 8:15 pm - Mingling and Refreshments


Event Description:

Join us on March 29, at 6 pm, for the 'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going?' exhibition Panel Discussion and Closing Reception, in the Glass Pavilion at Mississauga Celebration Square (beside Central Library).


'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going?' brings together a group of intergenerational Black and Indigenous artists who are using their artwork and voices to take up public space to represent and share perspectives and experiences from their communities and cultures. The discussion will centre these perspectives and bodies which have often been historically silenced or left in the margins of Canadian art.


The 'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going' screen exhibition will be on display on the Mississauga Celebration Square outdoor screens from March 7 - 30, 2018. The contributing artists are: Aura, Chief Lady Bird, Gordon Shadrach, Lamoi Simmonds, Othello Grey, Quentin VerCetty and Tennille Dowers. For more information on the exhibition, click here: http://bit.ly/2FpM0ZQ


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Social media handles of participating artists, panelists and organizations: 




@_queen_lamoi  ( @LaLaArdor on Twitter) 




@tentendee (@tennilledowers on Twitter) 













Plaza Dance is on the move on Thursday, December 7

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Come and get your groove on with Dean Dori Tunstall and friends to celebrate the last days of the “raise a flag: Works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015)” exhibition at Onsite Gallery.


Bringing your dancing shoes or moccasins. Everyone Welcome.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West
plaza dance