OCAD University hosts Art/Inter/Face:

Connecting through Critical and Creative Action

Conference organized jointly by the Ontario Society for Education through Art, the Canadian Society for Education through Art and OCADU

(Toronto — September 16, 2010) From October 15 to 17, OCAD University (OCADU) will host Art/Inter/Face: Connecting through Critical and Creative Action, a conference organized and sponsored by the Ontario Society for Education through Art (OSEA), the Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA) and OCADU’s Faculty of Art.

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“Our collaboration with CSEA and OSEA reaffirms OCAD University’s commitment to the advancement of art education,” said Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of OCADU’s Faculty of Art. “We are delighted to host the conference and support the dialogue among Canada’s leading art educators and researchers.”

Art/Inter/Face, inspired by OCADU’s innovative architecture, will feature three days of workshops, studio classes, lectures and tours that provide access to the rich cultural facilities on site, at the Art Gallery of Ontario and in the surrounding community. The program offers a wide range of sessions in order to provide professional development and networking opportunities for art teachers, artists, art students and academics in art and design education.

Conference Highlights:

  • Over 35 workshop sessions on a wide range of art and design topics
  • Two keynotes addresses
  • Special tours at the Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Mini-tours of Queen West cultural highlights
  • Two wine and food receptions
  • Art and design trip to the Niagara region

Register at http://dramafocus.ca/osea10/index.html.

About the Ontario Society of Education Through Art (OSEA)
The Ontario Society of Education through Art is a nonprofit organization that actively promotes and advocates learning through the visual arts. Since its inception in 1942, it has served educators across the province by providing leadership in the development and promotion of quality visual arts education at all levels. Members of OSEA include teachers, artists, designers, administrators, university and college instructors, and museum educators. It is a recognized affiliate of the Ontario Teachers Federation and functions in an advisory role with the Ministry of Education and Training, faculties of education and other government agencies. In addition, OSEA holds provincial art education conferences, workshops and special events, as well as hosts a website with elementary and secondary visual arts lesson plans. For more info, visit www.osea.on.ca.

About the Canadian Society for Education Through Art (CSEA-SCÉA)
The Canadian Society for Education through Art (www.csea-scea.ca), a voluntary association founded in Quebec City in 1955, is the only Canadian national organization that brings together art educators, gallery educators and others with similar interests and concerns. Membership represents all levels of education: elementary, secondary, college/university, ministries of education, art galleries/museums, and community education.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information, contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)


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