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Monday, January 14, 2019 - 11:15pm to Monday, January 21, 2019 - 9:00pm

Every artist has that work that they've lost inspiration for or simply ran out of time to do and never finished; this exhibition aims to shine a light on those neglected pieces. It's a sort of ode to the constantly-travelling, fickle mind of the artist; the unconventional processes; the abandoned. The exhibition also aims to explore the true concept of "finished", and it's finality-how does one decide that? Is an artist's "unfinished" another viewer's "finished"?

Featuring: Petra Alexson, Gregorio, HollyJo, Jazmin Cordon-Ibanez, Salisa Jatuweerapong, Eunice Lai, Par Nair, Moira Ness, Em Ratkovsky, Mikhail SK, Janet Tran, Aghavni Vardanyan, Emilia Wilson, Maryam Zaraimajin.

Reception

January 17, 2019

6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Email: 
mchudolinska@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, ext. 2529
Cost: 
Free

Sustainability Initiatives by Student Researchers at OCAD U: Library Research Wednesdays

Promotional image with event title, project titles and speaker names, flanked by a drawings of a laptop and a book
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 12:45pm

On January 23rd, we welcome Victoria Gonzalez and Priscilla Lee to share their experiences of participating in field placements at OCAD University with a focus on sustainability.

Project descriptions:

Reducing Hazardous Waste in OCAD U Studios with Victoria Gonzales
Hazardous wastes are wastes that can pose a threat to health, safety and the environment. Plus, its disposal is expensive! OCAD U is trying to reduce the amount of inappropriate materials that end up in our hazardous waste bins (i.e. coffee cups, paper towels, and rags). This project aims to help studio users minimize their production of hazardous waste, encourage the use of less toxic products, and steer them towards proper reuse, recycling, and waste sorting. Victoria used their design skills to help conduct user research involving hardware prototypes, develop new organizing structures to keep the various bins easy to find and in the expected places, and create a poster series to communicate the initiative.

Victoria Gonzales is an emerging Industrial Designer from Chile with a passion for interior, health and sustainable design.

Sustainable Initiatives at Copy and Print Services with Priscilla Lee
Copy and Print Services provides the OCAD U community with its copying and digital output needs. This includes operating the Digital Print Shop and managing the University’s networked black and white printers, and its fleet of multifunction copiers. From pulp to print, paper is the lifeline of their operation. In this project, Priscilla worked to develop a sustainable and responsible outlook on this lifeline and make an impact in reduction.

Priscilla Lee is an Industrial Design student with an interest in human-centred design.

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Both field placement projects were made possible through the collaboration of the Centre for Emerging Artist and Designers and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives.

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Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Interested in presenting about your own research experiences? Contact Daniel Payne at dpayne@ocadu.ca.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1, also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

Call for Submissions: Black Richness Art Exhibit

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 10:30am to Monday, December 10, 2018 - 11:45pm

The OCADU Blxck Student Association (OBSA) is seeking work from black students, alumni and other artists and/or designers for an exhibition called, “Black Richness: The Untapped Potential of our Ancestry.”

This exhibition will run from 1st to 28th February 2019 and will be on the list of the events that take place as part of Black History Month at OCAD University.

This exhibition will explore themes of Blackness in different parts of the world, Black wealth, employment, culture and tradition, education, the effects of colonialism and how it affects black identities alongside stereotypes of black people, while aiming to celebrate the present. If we must move forward we have to address the past.

From injustice to inequality, “Black Richness: The Untapped Potential of our Ancestry” urges Black artists and designers to think and also reflect on the “what-ifs” of our past.
▪️ What if we were never taken as slaves?
▪️ What if we were never colonized?
▪️ How does that affect us now and how have we as communities decided to grow tremendously with that deeply rooted trauma instilled in us?
▪️ How are we affected physically, emotionally or mentally?

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
We are accepting works in any medium: Installation, Poetry, Music, Design, Sculpture, Video, Performance, Photography, Material, etc.

▪️ Artists are allowed to submit 1-2 works only.
▪️ Mostly finished works (WIP) will be accepted.
▪️ Send 2-3 pictures of the piece(s) you would like to be considered for the exhibition.
▪️ Photos must be JPEGs OR PDF, including dimensions.
▪️ Include a 250-word artist statement describing your work, in PDF
▪️ ALL Works must be submitted to blackexcellence.obsa@gmail.com

The Deadline to submit is DECEMBER 10TH, 2018.
Accepted applicants will be notified around December 15th.
Completed works MUST be completed AND delivered by January 21st, 2019.
~Due to the nature and subject matter of this exhibition, students that self-identify as Black will be given priority.~

Co-curated by Ehiko Odeh and Kaylee Meyer

ABOUT OCAD U BLXCK STUDENTS ASSOCIATION:
OCAD U Blxck Association is aimed at accommodating OCAD University’s Black community through the facilitation of conferences, events and workshops. Our initiatives are meant to instil a sense of community, raise awareness, celebrate and uplift Black lives in our institution. Our association is currently working on the programming for the upcoming Black History Month where we look forward to student and faculty engagement on topics surrounding being Black in Canada.

ABOUT STUDENT GROUPS:
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.facebook.com/events/1400613656778282/
www.facebook.com/ocadubsa
www.instagram.com/ocadu_bsa/
Email: 
blackexcellence.obsa@gmail.com
Black Richness call poster

Winter Clothing Drive

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 10:00am to Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

We are collecting your gently used and clean clothing items in good condition:

  • Jackets
  • Coats
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Toques
  • Jeans/pants/tights
  • Sweaters and more!

Proceeds benefit Allan Gardens Food & Clothing Share.

ABOUT ARTIVISM:
(Formerly ART & SOCIAL CHANGE STUDENT COMMITTEE) Artivism OCAD U is a group of OCAD U students and alumni whose goal is to unify social justice and its integration into artistic practice. We put into the forefront urgent matters affecting the student body, staff and faculty on campus. Some of these issues include (but are not limited to) environmental justice, sexual violence, student poverty and housing, combating racism, as well as decolonizing the curriculum. Through various student-led initiatives, we aim to raise awareness of equity and accessibility issues, and build a strong social justice community on campus.

MORE ABOUT STUDENT-RUN GROUPS:
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street
Email: 
asoc.ocadu@gmail.com
winter clothing drive 2018

Feeling Awful? Have a Waffle!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Feeling Stressed? Working at school into the late hours of night? Come and get a free, freshly made waffle topped with delicious toppings and made with love.

ABOUT INTERVARSITY AT OCAD U:
(Formerly OCAD Christian Fellowship) We want to share love and support the larger OCAD U community as well as the city by fostering a caring community through our actions and events. We hope to welcome and create safe spaces for people to engage and grow in their faith. We also want to encourage others to learn and grow to use their skills and talents to serve the larger community.

OTHER STUDENT GROUPS:
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (Room 187), 100 McCaul Street (MCA)
Website: 
www.facebook.com/IVOCADU
Email: 
ocadivcf@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free!
Strawberry waffles

Chill Zone

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The Chill Zone is a new drop-in at the Learning Zone where students are welcome to stop by, hang out and de-stress. Come say hi!

We’ve got zines, puzzles, games, colouring and tea :)

We know it gets stressful so let’s take care of ourselves ♥

The Learning Zone is an accessible venue with two gender neutral washrooms located within the space. Please email mchudolinksa@ocadu.ca if you would like to participate in this event and would like to discuss accommodations.

Illustration by Natalie Mark.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Email: 
mchudolinska@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext 2529
Cost: 
Free & open to all students

OCAD Artist Alley 2018: Holiday Edition

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Looking for unique gifts for friends and family this holiday season? Come to OCAD's student-run Holiday Artist Alley: Holiday Edition, where you will find a wide variety of beautiful posters, prints, zines, stickers, greeting cards, ceramics, fashion, jewellery items and more from local creators. This event is open to the public.

Remember to BRING CASH as most artists do not have card readers. There are ATMs in the building.
We are a wheelchair accessible space. Please take the main lobby rear elevators to Level 2, Great Hall.

Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/ocadartistalley to view Artist Profiles leading up to the event!

If you want to volunteer or have questions, please email ocadartistalley@gmail.com

ABOUT ARTIST ALLEY:
The OCAD Artist Alley is a student initiative, created with support from OCAD Student Union, giving students and alumni across all programs the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.
Poster art by Becky Wu.

RSVP:
Please register your intent to attend through our Eventbrite link (tickets NOT needed for entrance): https://bit.ly/2P6y7sr

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall (Level 2), 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.facebook.com/ocadartistalley/
Email: 
ocadartistalley@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free Admission
Holiday OCAD Artist Alley

Call for Submissions: Willows for Wellness

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:15pm to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:45pm

"Willows for Wellness" is having an Open Call For Submissions, an Exhibit, and will host three (3) Interactive Workshops on the subject of mental health awareness and advocacy!

SUBMISSION DETAILS:
We encourage works that specifically relate to Alzheimers Disease but are interested in works in all kinds of mediums and media that address personal relationships to mental health, themes of advocacy and work promoting awareness!

  • Submissions are due November 1, 2018, 11:59 PM.
  • Applications will be reviewed November 1 to 4, 2018.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted with further details by November 5, 2018.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If your work requires technology/equipment for display it will be the responsibility of the Artist/Designer to provide the equipment themselves. Internet connection cannot be guaranteed.

Please Submit To: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsNAyh16lgoZLfaxnhYdE5Z4AGjEJ2akCkiyg1kUWFW2zjNw/viewform?usp=sf_link

EXHIBIT & WORKSHOPS:
Workshops will be facilitated by the following "Willows For Wellness" members:

  • Nora Bahgat: A baking enthusiast, Nora will guide you through a relaxing and fun session of decorating delcious, baked, gluten-free vegan goodies!
  • Kaya Joan: Hit the books! or rather make one! Zine building with Kaya will help bring your inner author to life through drawing and text work!
  • Hekter Franklin: Keeps us up to date with whats hip! Join Hekter as they show us how to get down and funky with acorn instrument creation!

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM to 9 PM
Location: 49 McCaul Street

ABOUT "WILLOWS FOR WELLNESS"
Willows for Wellness is a not-for-profit organization that hosts mental health awareness events, in effort to educate spectators about various mental illnesses and how they affect those who struggle with them through interactive workshops, art exhibis and inofrmational talks. This months event is focusing specifically on Alzheimers disease and a portion of sales from the silent auction will be donated to the Alzheimers Society of Toronto. The goal of our exhibition and workshops event is to address mental health and seeks to provide a safe space where people can have a conversation about stigma and mental health awareness.

We want to thank you all for your interest and aim to show as much work as possible!
Remember to practice both Self Care and Self Love, reach out to a trusted loved on and remember you are not alone and more than what you struggle with.

Much Love,
Willows For Wellness

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.facebook.com/WillowsForWellness/
www.facebook.com/events/2056187654441346/
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NCCM Workshop: Islamophobia & Bystander Intervention

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

This workshop will cover the definition of Islamophobia. A bystander intervention workshop will use case studies in order to better educate students, faculty and staff on how to respond to incidents they may encounter on and off campus. This will be an interactive workshop that will engage the audience/participants in a dialogue and discussion.

Please RSVP:
See event and Eventbrite link here: www.facebook.com/events/856505614552846/

Supported by OCAD U Campus Life and Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives.

ABOUT OCAD U MSA:
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a Muslim community within OCAD University that is run by students. The MSA assists and represents Muslim students in several matters, and works with the Administration, and Campus Security to ensure a safe environment for Muslim students on campus, as well as a maintained safe, peaceful space for prayer. All events are open to Muslim and non-Muslim students, faculty and staff.

MORE ABOUT OTHER STUDENT-RUN GROUPS AT OCAD U:
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Room 230, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.facebook.com/groups/ocadumsasocial/
www.facebook.com/ocadumsa
Email: 
msa.ocad@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free

Research Wednesdays: The Queer Publishing Project

Research Wednesdays, 1 to 2 pm in the Learning Zone. October 31: The Queer Publishing Project
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join Shamina Chherawala and members of the Queer Publishing Project to learn about their process of creating Handbook: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art & Design Education, the first student-authored resource book of its kind. The guide draws from anti-oppressive education models to enable faculty 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.

Handbook is a creation of the Queer Publishing Project, a research group of over 100 students, alumni, staff and faculty at OCAD University.

Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff or faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our 2019 winter schedule (January to April). Send an email to Daniel Payne (dpayne@ocadu.ca) and include:

  • brief 250 word description of your talk
  • indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you
  • list of technological needs
  • ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement
  • description of any participatory activities that may be used (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal)
Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 217
Cost: 
Free

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