OCAD U launches Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 1:00pm

As part of its National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, OCAD University is launching the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge. OCAD University positions decolonization as the first of six key principles of its Academic Plan on a path toward transformative education. In light of its commitment to expanding Indigenous knowledge, OCAD University is thrilled to further facilitate the collaborative work of researchers and artists by providing a dynamic platform for creativity.

This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate Wapatah’s current and upcoming projects as we foster the vision of global Indigeneity and sustainable scholarship of Indigenous cultural heritage.

Under the innovative supervision of Dr. Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice (Tier 1), Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge is a hub for facilitating the documentation, communication and translation of Indigenous ways of seeing. Drawing on the inseparable concepts of perception and knowing, Wapatah assists Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and researchers to collaborate on the presentation and representation of artistic knowledge. Through creative and critical collaborations, Wapatah builds and maintains relationships between artists, scholars and practitioners across disciplines and in ever-widening circles.

The Wapatah Centre launch is an exciting opportunity to celebrate our research milestones and initiatives:

  • Arctic / Amazon Symposium: Part of a multi-year project, the Arctic/Amazon Symposium will take shape from September 19 to -20,2019. The symposium will centralize Indigenous research and artistic production to develop interconnections between Amazonian Indigenous and Inuit thinkers, artists and activists whose works address climate change amidst shifting political times. The purpose of this gathering is to foster and facilitate a collaborative framework in which participants from Inuit and Amazonian communities can share their knowledge and consider future work together.
  • The Entangled Gaze: Knowledge Exchange Workshop: This workshop took place over two days in February 2019 at the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Linagaay, and convened an interdisciplinary group of scholars, curators, Elders, and student participants from across Canada, the United States and Europe. As part of the workshop participants helped to collaboratively develop a set of protocols for research accessibility, preservation, as well as respectful and meaningful engagement with the Indigenous knowledge online.
  • Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art: Building on the success of the 2017 Entangled Gaze conference in Toronto, Wapatah Centre is working on a series of digital archive and database projects and knowledge mobilization initiatives, including the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art set for public release in 2020. The Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art is a digital platform for Indigenous communities, researchers, students, curators, and collecting institutions. This project aims to provide a digital gathering place for data on historical and contemporary Indigenous art, connecting Indigenous communities with researchers and museums.
  • Launch of a special issue of ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations’ and First Peoples’ Cultures. This issue brings together an exciting selection of peer-reviewed papers from The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other conference as an indispensable educational resource for both scholars and knowledge-holders.
  • Launch of the Wapatah website. This new website will enable Wapatah to reach new audiences to communicate its research projects, progress and partnerships. The website can be accessed at www.wapatah.com

New Publication from Dr. Gerald McMaster

The cover of the special "Entangled Gaze" edition of the ab-Original journal.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 3:00pm

New Publication from Dr. Gerald McMaster: “The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other” 

OCAD University is pleased to announce the new peer-reviewed journal ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples' Cultures is now available. This special issue entitled “The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other”1 co-edited by Dr. Gerald McMaster and Dr. Julia Lum (University of Toronto), contains ten essays. The Entangled Gaze shares its title and theme with the 2017 conference that was co-hosted by OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The conference convened an international group of scholars and museum professionals from the fields of art history, anthropology, cultural studies and curatorial practice to explore the topic of how Indigenous and European artists have represented each other in historical art and visual culture.  

 

ab-Original is a biannual, multi-disciplinary publication dedicated to exploring Indigeneity in the new millennium. To learn more about the journal, see here:  http://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_ab-Original.html.  

 

  1. McMaster, Gerald, et al. “The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other.” ab-Original, vol. 2, no. 2, 2018.  

New childrens’ book illustrated by OCAD U grad Chief Lady Bird

Chief Lady Bird (left) and Sunshine Tenaso (right). Courtesy: Scholastic Books.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 3:15pm

Indigenous artist and OCAD U alumna Chief Lady Bird has illustrated a new children’s book, Nibi's Water Song, about the importance of clean water. Chief Lady Bird completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting with a minor in Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University in 2015. Written by Sunshine Tenasco, the founder of Her Braids, an organization committed to advocating for clean drinking water in Indigenous communities, the book will be published by Scholastic Books in July 2019.

Nibi is the Anishinaabemowin word for water. In Nibi's Water Song, an Indigenous girl named Nibi can't find clean water to drink. In the book, with no luck from her tap, or the nearby river, Nibi heads to the next town and starts knocking on doors looking for a safe source of drinking water.

Chief Lady Bird is Chippewa and Potawatomi from Rama and Moose Deer Point First Nations. Her Anishinaabe name is Ogimaakwebnes, which means Chief Lady Bird.  A CBC interview with Chief Lady Bird and Sunshine Tenasco is available online.  

Culture Shifts Presents "Six Miles Deep"

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

National Canadian Film Day Screening

Culture Shifts presents Six Miles Deep

April 17, 2019

3:00pm – 5:00pm

OCAD University, room 258 (George Reid House), 100 McCaul St. Toronto

Screening followed by a Q&A with director Sara Roque

 

Six Miles Deep

2009, 43 min 22 s

On February 28, 2006, members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the People of the Longhouse) blockade a highway near Caledonia, Ontario to prevent a housing development on land that falls within their traditional territories.  
The ensuing confrontation makes national headlines for months. But less well known is the crucial role played by the clan mothers of the community – the traditional source of power in the Haudenosaunee Nation.
With grace and honour, they rally the community on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve – with a population of 20,000, the largest reserve in Canada.
It is the clan mothers who set the rules for conduct. And when the community's chiefs ask people to abandon the barricades, it is the clan mothers who over-rule them.

Six Miles Deep is an inspiring and compelling portrait of a group of women whose actions have led a cultural reawakening in their traditionally matriarchal community.

http://onf-nfb.gc.ca/en/our-collection/?idfilm=56523

 

About the Director

Sara Roque is a creator, leader and activist who has worked on many arts and community arts initiatives and projects in Canada and abroad.  She is the former Indigenous Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council where she worked for ten years mentoring artists and building innovative programs, policies and protocols with Indigenous peoples in the province. She is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of the O’Kaadenigan Weengashk Arts Collective (Peterborough) and The Good Medicine Collective (Toronto). Her education includes Indigenous Studies from Trent University and Dechinta Bush University’s summer program. Sara is a mixed blood Anishinaabekwe from Shebahonaning (colonially known as Killarney, Ontario) and currently residing in Toronto.

In partnership with Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD - CULTURE SHIFTS is a documentary series at OCAD University. Culture Shifts presents documentary media as a catalyst for critical discussions and community action for social change.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, room 258 (George Reid House), 100 McCaul St. Toronto
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/353182182212113/
Cost: 
FREE
"Six Miles Deep" Ultramarine blue text and image of flags blowing in the wind on white background

Call for Applications - Akin Studio Career Launcher

Call for Applications - Akin Studio Career Launcher
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:15am to Monday, April 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the return of the Akin Collective Career Launcher for Drawing & Painting students in their graduating term. Students are invited to apply for this opportunity and one successful applicant will be awarded $ 2,000 in credits to go towards a studio space at Akin’s inspiring shared workspaces in 2019-2020!

This is an amazing opportunity to become part of a larger creative community and gain access to the excellent multidisciplinary facilities that Akin Collective has to offer. Applications will be reviewed by Akin’s Directors, faculty members, and staff from the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers during GradEx.

DEADLINE: April 15, 2019

PARTNER | AKIN COLLECTIVE
www.akincollective.com

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a DRPT student in their graduating year.
  • Must have the intent of remaining in the region following graduation to make use of this opportunity.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email), and a confirmation of eligibility.
  • Current CV
  • Online portfolio or an attached PDF portfolio
  • A statement of interest that contextualizes your intent to use the studio and outlines the significance of the opportunity to your practice

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Please submit all components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Tak Pham: tpham@ocadu.ca

Website: 
https://careerlaunchers.format.com/6126135-2019-akin-studio
Email: 
tpham@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000 Ext. 361

INVC students receive Ontario Heritage Award 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 11:45am

Eight undergraduate students from OCAD University’s Indigenous Visual Culture Program (INVC) received Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards for their project Uncover/Recover. A joint web-based project with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the students, led by Professor Bonnie Devine, worked with curators and others to create an educational, interactive, accessible and informative multimedia exhibition to celebrate Indigenous peoples’ creative legacy – past, present and future. 

Award recipients (Michael Crawford, Ana Morningstar Cisneros, Megan Feheley, Shawn Johnston, Mariah Meawasige and Karalyn Reuben) with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Harvey McCue, Chair, Ontario Heritage Trust, and Professor Bonnie Devine.

Students learned new digital and creative processes, engaged with senior Indigenous scholars, knowledge keepers and museum workers, and analyzed their chosen objects. Their work uncovered and recovered the objects’ original purposes and re-engaged them in the work of Indigenous social reconstruction and restoration. The resulting artistic responses range from humorous to poignant, analytical to emotional, and provide a unique picture of contemporary Indigenous thought and creation. 

The awards were presented at a ceremony led by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on Friday, February 22. Established in 2007, the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards are annual juried awards administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust to recognize exceptional achievements in heritage conservation. Presented each year in a ceremony at Queen’s Park, the awards are part of the Trust’s annual celebrations marking Heritage Week

Poster: 
Karalyn Reuben with her beaded thunderbird panel, photo by Martin Iskander.

Call for Applications - Healthcare Human Factors Communications Design Intern

Call for Applications - Healthcare Human Factors Communications Design Intern
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:30pm

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

Healthcare Human Factors and The Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers are excited to announce the second Healthcare Human Factors Career Launcher. Graduating students and recent graduates are invited to apply for this paid internship, and one successful applicant will work with the team of human factors professionals, designers, engineers, psychologists, and researchers, uniquely integrated into healthcare. Healthcare Human Factors is provided with unparalleled insights and access to the clinicians and patients for whom they design, test, and create for.

Healthcare Human Factors is the largest Human Factors team dedicated to healthcare internationally. Acting as consultants, researchers, designers and evaluators, we are setting standards and developing best practices for human factors in healthcare, leading cultural change and making an impact locally and worldwide

This opportunity was tailor-made to support the emerging design career of an OCAD U student who is passionate about making a real difference in the lives of patients and healthcare providers. Apply your creative and technical skills and education to help Healthcare Human Factors design the future of healthcare.

RATE: $17.5 - $20/hour for 35 hours/week

TERM: Full-time, 4 - 12 months starting Summer 2019

DEADLINE: February 27, 2019

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design a variety of engaging marketing artifacts, internal collateral, and client deliverables
  • Work collaboratively with other team members to identify and seize design opportunities to improve our brand and visual communications strategies
  • Design a wide range of digital and print collateral—including graphics, event materials, presentations, video assets, and more—from concept to production
  • Develop templates that give other team members the independence to quickly and smoothly produce great looking work
  • Proactively seek out feedback and strive for constant improvement
  • Shoot and edit photos and video for our projects, website, and social media
  • Bonus: Record and edit audio for a podcast

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have strong knowledge of visual design fundamentalsMust have a solid portfolio demonstrating your creative accomplishments and design process.
  • Must have an ability to clearly communicate your insights and back-up your design ideas. 
  • Must have a passion for details, but also an ability to zoom out to see the big picture. 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Cover Letter — tell us why you’re the right person for this job specifically 
  • Resume or CV — highlighting applicable experience
  • Portfolio — showing us your thinking, process, and end-product (can link to an online portfolio or a PDF version)

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION

Applications must be submitted through 2019 Summer Design Internship portal accessible here. 

For more information, visit the Career Launchers website

 

Venue & Address: 
Healthcare Human Factors Toronto General Hospital 190 Elizabeth Street 4th Floor RF Elliott Building Toronto, ON, M5G 2C4
Website: 
https://careerlaunchers.format.com/6063048-2019-healthcare-humans-factor
Email: 
tpham@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 Ext. 361
Cost: 
N/A

Call for Applications - Gardiner Museum Impact & Engagement Assistant

Call for Applications - Gardiner Museum Impact & Engagement Assistant
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:45am to Monday, March 4, 2019 - 12:00am

RATE: $16.5 /hour for 28 hours/week

TERM: Part-time, April - August 2019 (20 weeks)

DEADLINE: Monday, March 4, 2019

The Gardiner Museum welcome applications to the Impact and Engagement Assistant position. The Impact and Engagement Assistant reports to the Programs Manager, and is a member of the Curatorial, Education & Programs team. This position is responsible for supporting the public engagement by increasing awareness of the Community Arts Space (CAS).  They will work in collaboration with Gardiner staff, CAS neighbourhood hubs, OCADU, and other key stakeholders.

Grounded in the real and metaphorical ability of clay to transform, the Gardiner Museum’s Community Arts Space is a platform for experimentation and socially-engaged art.

Established in 2016, the project connects artists, makers, organizers, and residents through the creation of public projects that inspire social action. We work within and beyond the gallery walls to re-envision what equitable community engagement looks like at a cultural institution. In 2019 the Community Arts Space explores the theme “What We Long For.”

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists on public engagement work to increase awareness of CAS projects within neighbourhood hubs (519, Akin, Art Starts), Gardiner and OCAD University. 
  • Works with Event Coordinator and Marketing department to facilitate capacity building amongst emerging artist networks in connection to specific public programming events.
  • Assists with the delivery of interactive educational activities that engage public, provide resource material, collect contact info for future engagement events.
  • Contributes to outreach and promotional targets through online channels (social media, website, etc.)
  • Assists with the distribution of promotional materials including event flyers and brochures.
  • Meets with neighbourhood hubs to support longstanding relationships for joint projects and cross promotion of events.
  • Oversees on-site impacting surveying with museum visitors during select public programming events with support from volunteers.
  • Records, collects, and analyzes data on levels of impact and engagement of CAS projects and neighbourhood hubs.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • OCADU graduates from 2018 or students graduating in 2019.
  • Experience assisting with community-based programs or services, and working at events, with volunteers and others in a non-profit environment.
  • Experience of developing and running public engagement activities/events with demonstrated planning and scheduling skills.
  • Ability to interact with diverse audiences, including culturally diverse and marginalized groups, and all age ranges, especially experience in working with children and youth.
  • Team player, able to work independently.
  • Ability to collaborate with internal colleagues and external partners and create ways to meet mutual goals.
  • Administrative and reporting experience, and attention-to-detail. 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and current CV.
  • Confirmation of eligibility.
  • Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION

Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Tak Pham tpham@ocadu.ca

For more information, visit the Career Launchers website

Venue & Address: 
Gardiner Museum 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
Website: 
https://careerlaunchers.format.com/6085436-2019-gardiner-impact-and-engagement-assistant
Email: 
tpham@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 Ext. 361
Cost: 
N/A

Call for Applications - Toronto Biennale: Public Programming & Learning Curatorial Assist

Call for Applications - Toronto Biennale: Public Programming & Learning Curatorial Assist
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:45am

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

The Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) is accepting applications for a full-time position of Curatorial Assistant on the Public Programming and Learning team. An ideal candidate must have a view to inclusivity and diversity, building capacity and changing the landscape of future Canadian leaders in arts, education and culture. The Curatorial Assistant will gain significant, hands-on curatorial, programming and production experience through numerous training and learning opportunities with the Curator, Public Programming and Learning, as well as with the broader TBA team; and cross-departmental exposure to all aspects of the biennial, including logistics, production, publications, finance, communication, partnerships, and fundraising.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supporting the Public Programming and Learning team in all aspects of their projects, including: conception, research, liaising with collaborating organisations and individuals, production, implementation, scheduling, artists’ visits, etc.
  • Providing production and coordination support to the Public Programming and Learning team and production team as needed: installation and striking, event prep and coordination, equipment and service provider research, etc. 
  • Supporting artists, educators, scholars, and other program leaders directly in the implementation of their projects as needed.
  • Assisting with welcoming artists to Toronto as needed: on-boarding, welcome package, navigating the city, etc.Supporting the Public Programming and Learning team in liaising with Biennial partners and venues, and ensuring that venue partners are fully briefed on schedules, installation plans and program requirements.
  • Providing administrative support to the Public Programming and Learning team and managing daily tasks as they arise.
  • Assisting all aspects of TBA events: preparation, setup, strike down, post-event reports, etc.
  • Acting as an advocate and mediator for the Biennial as needed.

RATE: $16.5/ hour for 35 hours/ week

TERM: Full-time, March 2019 - March 2020

DEADLINE: Monday, February 25. 2019 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have graduated from OCADU in 2017 or 2018.
  • Experience in curatorial, museum studies, or related fields.
  • Commitment to: community engagement; generating and nurturing deep and prolonged ties to various audiences; working intersectionally and intergenerationally through community-responsive and site-specific programming.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated organization and project coordination skills
  • Required: MAC OS; Microsoft OS; Microsoft Office Suite; Adobe Creative Suite; email.
  • Assets: SketchUp; languages spoken other than English; ability to manage engaging visual content for digital platforms, including websites, video and social media; Driver’s Licence; engagement with art education programs and/or community organisational work; familiarity with accessibility coordination for public programming.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email),a confirmation of eligibility and a current CV
  • A cover letter outlining interest and relevant background

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION

Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Tak Pham tpham@ocadu.ca

For more information, visit our website

Venue & Address: 
Toronto Biennale of Art (TBA) 158 Sterling Road 5th floor (in the MOCA building) Toronto, ON M6R 2B2
Website: 
https://careerlaunchers.format.com/6076037-2019-tba-public-programming-curatorial-assistant
Email: 
tpham@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 Ext. 361
Cost: 
N/A

Call for Applications - Nuit Rose 2019

Call for Applications - Nuit Rose 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:30am to Friday, March 8, 2019 - 12:00am

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

NUIT ROSE is now accepting submissions from OCADU emerging artists, performers, writers, curators, and collectives interested in presenting work and projects for NUIT ROSE EMERGING ARTIST SECTION at the sixth edition of the festival, which will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019. 

The theme for NUIT ROSE 2019 is Arcade. Artists are invited to creatively interpret, explore, and respond to this theme in their proposed projects. 

Examples could include:

  • Projects that utilize multi-media or adopt multi-disciplinary approaches
  • Projects that deploy relational strategies to engage communities and/or the general public
  • Projects that explore techniques, technologies, networks & systems
  • Projects that incorporate play, challenge and risk to convey meanings

We strongly encourage artists to apply who reflect diversity and intersectionality in sexuality, gender, culture, race, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, ability, and other dimensions of diversity.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 8, 2019. 

QUALIFICATION

  • Must be OCADU students graduating in 2019 or recent graduates graduated in 2018. 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants will be asked to apply within one of the 6 categories below, choosing the term which most closely describes the medium of their work and interest.

Please choose one of these categories in the application:

  • Sculpture and Installation
  • New Media
  • 2-Dimensional
  • Performance
  • Film
  • Other

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Proposals must be submitted through Nuit Rose Application Portal accessible here
  • Please clearely identify yourself as a “Career Launcher candidate” in the body of your application. 

For more information, visit our website

 

Venue & Address: 
Nuit Rose
Website: 
https://careerlaunchers.format.com/6076788-2019-nuit-rose
Email: 
tpham@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x 361
Cost: 
N/A

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