OCAD University is proud to announce an historic gift of $3 million from Ada Slaight to fund scholarships, improve studios and student gallery space, and create The Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media, the first named chair in the school’s 138 years.
“This investment is a fitting tribute to my mother Ada Slaight in recognition of her 25 years of volunteering, leadership and advocacy in support of OCAD University. This will continue her commitment to enabling students to excel in their studies and push the boundaries of imagination,” said Gary Slaight, President of The Slaight Family Foundation.
Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University, thanked the Slaight family for “a transformative and generous donation that will provide opportunities for students and expand the resources of the university in its traditional strength of studio-based learning in a meaningful and lasting way. These scholarship funds will attract the best and brightest students from across Canada for a generation, creating a legacy of innovation in the name of Ada Slaight.”
The Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media will focus on drawing and painting, printmaking, and digital painting and animation, combining the oldest and celebrated programs at the university with new streams of study. Chairs are the leaders of programs who provide new curriculum and direct student support. Funds can be used for visiting artists, student academic travel, teaching and research.
The scholarship fund will provide full tuition for 36 students, renewable for four years. It will also increase funding for 15 currently funded scholarships established in 2012. The Ada Slaight Entrance Scholarships represent the university’s largest and most prestigious scholarship program.
This support will also improve studios for painting, drawing and printmaking at 100 McCaul St., which together will be named the Ada Slaight Studios.
In a second refurbishment, the newly named Ada Slaight Student Transit and Critique Galleries will provide improved space for students to create and exhibit their work.