Global Experience Project
Special thanks to The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation

Interested in social change on an international scale? Would you like to expand your practice, travel abroad and receive an OCAD U credit? Enroll in the Global Experience Project.

With the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation, the Global Experience Project (GEP) exposes OCAD University’s most promising creative minds to the rich and varied landscape of global artistic practice. Students experience firsthand how art can make a difference on an international scale.

The Global Experience Project course will facilitate an immersive and experiential learning environment for students by connecting them with international visiting artists and notable scholars at their home campus and abroad. Centered on the artist-in-residence and led by a team of OCAD U faculty, this studio seminar course provides senior level undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to examine the themes, language and techniques of the artist.

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Upcoming Events

Call for Fellows: 2018 Global Experience Project

Friday, March 23, 4:00p.m.

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New Drop-in Information Session

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

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Maria Thereza Alves

Photo of Issac Julien, shot by Graeme Robertson

Maria Thereza Alves’ projects focus on decolonizing knowledge. She investigates strategies on survivance by giving 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. Alves’ Seeds of Change has been awarded the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics for 2016-2018 in New York.



The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project was made possible by a $500,000 gift from the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation to OCAD University. The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation has been a supporter of OCAD U for nearly 15 years by funding such events as the annual Graduate Exhibition and the Nomadic Resident Program.

“We are grateful to the Weinbaums for giving this opportunity to some of the university’s most promising creative minds, enabling them to immerse themselves in the rich and varied landscape of global artistic practice,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University President and Vice-Chancellor. “The Global Experience Project will expand OCAD U’s global connections to strengthen teaching and learning experiences.”

“The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation is delighted to invest in this transformational program at OCAD U, where students will engage with world-renowned artists and embark on international learning experiences,” said Carol Weinbaum, representative of the Foundation. “We are excited to help bring Isaac Julien to campus for the inaugural edition of the project.”


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