Talking Wellness OCAD U! Exhibition

A speech bubble with text about how wellness at OCAD U could be improved
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 6:00pm

Art and Design Education (ADEL): Community has been investigating various concerns around how we might achieve a healthier art and design education community at OCAD U. We have taken this up through personal observation and in conversation with the staff at the Health and Wellness Centre. Our intention has been not to suggest definitive policy changes nor do a rigourous quantitative research but rather to explore, as artists, through personal discovery and dialogue, what we might envision as an ideal – or even imaginary – healthy community for those who study, teach and work in art and design at OCAD U. This exhibition presents creative voices in declamatory dialogic as they imagine a healthy thriving community for OCAD U.

Please join us to celebrate and feast at the opening reception, November 28th at 2pm. 

Artists/Researchers: Jerad Beauregard, Rhys Castro, Tara Clews, Tania Costa, Hana Elmisry, Zen Huang, Cori Jin, Nataly Kais, Angie Ma, Kaylee Meyer, Kais Padamshi, Cleopatria Peterson, Ariella Polisuk, Sam Young

Project Co-facilitators: Tal Sofia Braniss, Marta Chudolinska, Pam Patterson, and Robyn Shaw.

Thank you to Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean, FoA for providing assistance for mounting this exhibition, Marta Chudolinska and the Learning Zone for encouragement and direction, and Amanda Hotrum and Cathy Cappon, ODESI, for resources and support.

A special thank you to the Health and Wellness Centre (HWC) OCAD U for partnering with ADEL artists/researchers and providing goodies: Robyn Shaw, for taking on the role of one of the project facilitators who, with Courtney Ward, Nathan Klaehn, Alanna Fletcher, Tamara Aleong, Alex McLaren, Sarah Cree, Kaitlyn Young, met in many one-on-one conversations with students, and to the HWC administrator, Gloria Han for co-ordinating all these meetings.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street

Chill Zone

Drawing of simplified human figure surrounded by fun items like zines, tea and books, with other figures relaxing around them
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

Chill Zone

Drawing of simplified human figure surrounded by fun items like zines, tea and books, with other figures relaxing around them
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 3:00pm

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 OCAD U students

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/
Willows for Wellness Graphic

O-DAYS! 4th Annual Safety & Wellness Day

Safety & Wellness Day photo
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

New and returning students, faculty, staff and members of the OCAD U community are invited to come and meet the Safety & Security Services and Health & Wellness teams.

Highlights include:

  • Free barber shop haircuts by The Mad One Barber Shop
  • Visit from local Therapy Dogs
  • Food trucks with discounted menus
  • Free food and giveaways
  • Enter-to-win prizes
  • Free self-defense class 
Venue & Address: 
Butterfield Park and Lambert Lounge (Room 187), 100 McCaul St. (MCA)
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/orientation/o-days-schedule.htm
Cost: 
Free

Drop-in Yoga

OCAD Yoga graphic
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

Wednesdays (February 1 to March 29, 2017)
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Cash only / exact change

Payable only before each class starts

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (Room 187), Level 1, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/yoga
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000, Ext. 4021
Cost: 
$5.00