The Global Experience Project 2018 Information Session

Photo of garden installation with artist in foreground
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:30pm

Are you interested in the role of art in social change on an international scale?

Do you want to expand your practice, travel abroad and obtain an OCAD U credit?

Are you interested in becoming a Global Experience Project Fellow?

Apply for the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project—an exciting opportunity to work alongside acclaimed Brazilian contemporary artist, Maria Thereza Alves.

NEW Drop-in Information Session:

Thursday, March 8, 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

100 McCaul St., room 264

(Snacks will be served)

2018 The Global Experience Project (GEP) : The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project (GEP) is a trailblazing initiative designed to explore and build Canada’s prominence in global communities of art and culture. Piloted in 2016-2017, GEP brought renowned British artist Isaac Julien to OCAD U. Connecting OCAD U students to experiential learning opportunities in Toronto, Buffalo, NY, and London, UK.

GEP is centred on an immersive studio-based course, taking place in Toronto and abroad, that allows OCAD U students to work with pre-eminent artists and other notable scholars in dynamic, international contexts.  In 2018-19, the Cross-disciplinary course “Recipes of Resistance” will bring contemporary Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves to OCAD U for a period of 5 to 9 weeks. Alves’ residency is designed to coincide with a dedicated course that has been designed by Professor Min Sook Lee. The objective of this course is to guide students to create socially impactful art, do research and engage with timely social issues. Additionally, Alves will produce work in the studio while interacting with students and faculty. Later in the Fall 2018 semester, students and faculty leads will travel to Naples, Italy to visit Alves’ studio and take up a residency. Student airfare and accommodations are generously supported by the GEP.

CROS-3XXX Recipes of Resistance, with Maria Thereza Alves

Fall 2018 / Credit Value: 0.5 / Instructor: Min Sook Lee

Pre-Requisite: 8.0 Credits, Good Academic Standing (70% average min.)

Open to Faculty of Art Graduate and Undergraduate Students

About the Artist

Alves’ art projects focus on decolonizing knowledge. She investigates strategies of survivance that give space and voice to silenced histories. Since the early 1990s, Alves has addressed both the devastating effects of Portuguese imperialism on the Indigenous peoples of her native Brazil and the impact of the Spanish conquest of the Americas. 

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a portfolio and CV. In your letter, you should outline how you see this international opportunity helping you continue building your creative practice. Special attention will be given to applicants whose work explores thematic and conceptual issues investigated by the artist Maria Theresa Alves. All applicants are encouraged to do some research on the artist and/or to direct their questions about the course to Prof. Lee.

Submission Package:

1/ Portfolio: 10 images accompanied by relevant context information about the artworks

2/ Letter of Interest: maximum 500 words.

3/ Artist Statement

4/ Curriculum Vitae

Please note that this 300-level course requires completion of 8.0 credits and Good Academic Standing (70% average or above)

A class of up to 10 students will be selected through this application process. Applications will be adjudicated by the lead faculty, Associate Dean, and a Fellow (graduate) of GEP pilot project.

Applications should be submitted in a single PDF file to John Rubino, Assistant, Outreach and International Projects, at by Friday, Mar 23, 2018.

Interested Applicants are Encouraged to Attend a GEP Information Drop-in Session:


Thursday, March 8, 11:45 a.m. –  1:30 p.m.

100 McCaul St., room 264

(Snacks will be served)


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St., Roomm 264 Toronto, ON
Snacks will be served
Photo of garden installation
map of installation project
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