OCAD U Honours Pride 2016!

Pride 2016

Canada’s first-ever Pride Month will launch on June 1, 2016, featuring extended programming and provocative events throughout the city of Toronto, culminating with the 10-day Pride Toronto festival, June 24 to July 3. OCAD University is following suit with month-long programming open to all members of the OCAD U community and the public! 

June 8 to July 4, 2016
Public Art Exhibition: Objects For Listening
Chicago-based Visual Artist Cheryl Pope & OCAD U Student Exhibition

Works created in collaboration with: Paula Burrows, Tyla Crowhurst-Smith, Atticus Edwards, Anam Feerasta, Rita Camacho Lomeli, Lizz Khan, Tori Maas, Khadijah Morley, Sophie Paas-Lang, Tak Pham, Debora Puricelli, Amanda Robertson-Hébert, Claudio S. Santander and Mary Tremonte. Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith

OCAD University and Onsite Gallery welcomes Chicago-based designer and artist, Cheryl Pope. The new site-specific work in this exhibition was developed through workshops with OCAD U students and the local community, creating objects for listening.

Alongside Cheryl Pope’s work is an OCAD U Student Exhibition to unite and empower our students in their diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Curated by Wrik Mead

Both exhibitions run concurrently:
June 8 to July 4, 2016
OCAD U Great Hall

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June 8, 2016: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Free Public Opening Party
Cheryl Pope: Objects for Listening & OCAD U Student Exhibition

OCAD University’s Great Hall
100 McCaul St., Second Floor

•        DJ Mary Mack
•        DJ Cozmic Cat
•        Don’t miss House of Monroe’s mini-Ball and performance at 8:30 p.m.

Event is FREE, all are welcome
Snacks available from The Steady Café
ASL provided for opening remarks and to interpret the works

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June 15, 2016: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Protection Necklace Workshop with Cheryl Pope

OCAD University’s Great Hall
100 McCaul St., Second Floor

Meet and join Chicago-based designer and artist Cheryl Pope and create a protection necklace, unique to you and for you to keep. Complimentary workshop supplies are provided.

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June 15, 2016: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
You Can Show With Us Digital Image Slam!

OCAD University’s Great Hall
100 McCaul St., Second Floor

With Cheryl Pope, John Greyson, Ness Lee, Kahlil Jamal, Emily Gove and more…

Fast + furious, bold + curious! An open, non-curated digital image sharing event where anything goes. No matter what you decide to show, you can show with us! Presentation slots assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

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July 1 to 3, 2016
OCAD U at the Pride Street Fair

Situated within the Church-Wellesley corridor over Pride weekend, OCAD U will host a student-led public art installation where visitors are invited to reflect and celebrate those who have paved the way for the LGBTQ+ community.  Featuring interactive sculptures by Student Gallery. 

Volunteer Hosts Needed for the Pride Street Fair! If you are interested in getting involved, please email Shamina Chherawala at schherawala@ocadu.ca

OCAD U Pride Programming organized by: Onsite Gallery, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, Recruitment & Admissions and Studio Services. 

Thank you to generous supporters: Office of the President, Office of the Vice-President Academic, Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Faculty of LAS/SIS, OCAD Student Union and Student Gallery.  


Pride 2016 – Multi-University #Displayyourpride Initiative
Calling all faculty offices and administrative units!  OCAD University is teaming up with Ryerson, York and the University of Toronto for a #Displayyourpride event celebrating Pride Month 2016.
What is it?

Decorate your office and/or workstation for Pride Month! This is a fun way to showcase community spirit, build visibility leading up to Pride and highlight OCAD U creativity and imagination alongside participating Universities!  

Show how OCAD U creates welcoming spaces for queer and trans communities. Showcase art & design work, literature, or resources honouring LGBTQ+ communities. Whether it’s with traditional rainbows and banners, or you have your own unique way of subverting the pride aesthetic with something more radical – it’s all welcome! 

On June 23rd, 2016 share your images on social media using the hashtag #displayyourpride 

How do we participate?

Participating is easy! 

Activate your office spaces! – hire a student, work with your colleagues, or create something independently for your workstation! 
Post images on social media using the hashtag #displayyourpride leading up to and especially on June 23, 2016
Who should get involved?

All faculty offices, student services spaces, administrative units and individual workstations are welcome to participate! 
For more information, or to email your photos to have them posted to social media: contact Shamina Chherawala at schherawala@ocadu.ca

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