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Image: Coordinator of Alumni Engagement at OCAD University, Danyil Panasyev stands in the kitchen at C'est What? restaurant where he is also the Kitchen Manager. Panasyev has been working in kitchens for 15 years and cooking for almost a decade. 
 

A fundraiser for those displaced by the war in Ukraine organized by OCAD U staff

Danyil Panasyev is the Coordinator of Alumni Engagement at OCAD University. He and his family are from Kyiv, the capital and most populous city of Ukraine, a country that has been upended by war since Russia’s invasion in February 2022. 

According to the United Nations, almost 13 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine since the war began. More than six million have left for neighbouring countries and at least another 6.5 million people are displaced inside the country itself. 

Aggrieved by the devastation he’s witnessed from thousands of kilometres away, Panasyev wanted to take action and help. He has teamed up with Natalie Pavlenko, Strategic Communications Officer at OCAD U who also has Ukrainian roots, to organize a fundraiser that asks, “C’est What? Can you do for Ukraine?”, presented by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. 

“I acknowledge that I have privilege living in North America. I came here with my mother, who raised me by herself,” Panasyev shares. “Now, more than ever, is my time to give back in any way I can. Never has the Ukrainian community, including those who have come and are coming to Canada, needed more support,” he continues. 

Guests are invited to arrive at the fundraising event any time between 6 to 10 p.m. on May 30 at C’est What? in Toronto, where Panasyev is the Kitchen Manager, in addition to his role at OCAD U. Located at 67 Front St. East in Toronto, a two-minute walk from the St. Lawrence Market, the restaurant jumped at the chance when asked to lend a hand. 

The dinner and concert will support people displaced by the war arriving in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with very few belongings, through donations that will go to the Toronto Ukrainian Foundation. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $100 and for $125 at the door and include a full-course meal and performances by StarDust Jazz Duo, violinist Viera Zmiyiwsky and Ukrainian folk band Korinya. The evening’s à la carte menu will include borscht, a traditional Ukrainian soup made with beets and typically served with sour cream. Dinner can be ordered until 9:30 p.m.

“My hope is that this event will raise much-needed funds for Ukrainians displaced by war and boost awareness of this massive humanitarian crisis,” Pavlenko notes. 

The fundraiser is co-organized by Irene Solomon, a friend of Pavlenko’s and a board member of the Toronto branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Solomon is an active member of Toronto’s Ukrainian community in addition to her work in the television industry.

“My parents were born in Ukraine, and although I was born in Toronto, I grew up with deep ties to Ukrainian culture and the Ukrainian community,” says Pavlenko.  

“As the daughter of Ukrainian refugees who endured the horrors of the Second World War and the Holodomor (the Soviet-made famine of 1932-33), I am shocked and enraged that history is repeating itself,” she continues.  

For those who are unable to participate in the event in person you can still donate to the Toronto Ukrainian Foundation and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Toronto Branch’s joint campaign via their website. Funds will support Ukrainians affected by the war to settle in communities across the GTA.  

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Image Credit: OCAD U graduates, Rajni Perera and Shary Boyle stand in front of their mural at Inspirations Studio. Photo by Colin Medley.
 

OCAD U grads Shary Boyle and Rajni Perera collaborate on new mural

Esteemed OCAD U alumnae, Shary Boyle and Rajni Perera’s recent collaboration has resulted in a 15-foot mural that marks the reopening of Inspirations Studio. 

Together, the two internationally exhibited artists offered their time and talent to adorn a large wall at the organization's new location on Toronto's Church St. in advance of their reopening on October 26, 2021.  

"We are so grateful that two of Canada's most respected contemporary artists are collaborating and volunteering to create a mural in our new studio. This is a truly beautiful gift that will endure. It is such a lovely way to celebrate our reopening and to welcome our members back to work," says Inspiration Studio’s director, Gudrun Olafsdottir. 

Inspirations Studio is a ceramics workspace and storefront that supports low-income women who have been impacted by poverty, homelessness, trauma and displacement. 

“It's been my honour and pleasure to serve Inspirations Studio. I would like this to be just the beginning of my involvement with this wonderful enterprise. We must follow the studio's example and consider how we can be of service to others, especially those who need a helping hand,” says Perera of the project, who has been shortlisted for the 2021 Sobey Art Prize. 

The permanent painting features pottery from around the globe and across history in a cheerful palette of lilac, maroon, deep blue and teal. The mural’s ceramic vessels are depicted sitting on a large dining table, holding verdant plants and are flanked by two sets of hands extending into the scene from beyond the frame. 

If you look closely, you can see a reproduction of a vase by OCAD U graduate, Julie Moon, who is known for her whimsical botanical ceramic sculptures.

Starting out in a converted church on Toronto’s Queen Street West, Inspirations Studio has supported the creative pursuits of women from a diversity of backgrounds for over 27 years. The space offers a safe and supportive environment for its members to create ceramic works in. 

"I believe in art as a tool of justice, empowerment and healing. The benefit of making and experiencing art should be accessible to all people in all walks of life," says Boyle, who, like Perera, is a member of the steering committee at Inspirations Studio. Boyle represented Canada at the 2013 Venice Biennale and received an honorary doctorate from OCAD U in 2021. 

Since its founding in 1994, Inspirations Studio has grown into a means through which women can gain stability, express themselves, connect with community and transition towards more sustainable economic circumstances.  

At the studio, pottery is not only an art form but a channel through which the organization's members can gain financial independence. You can support Inspirations Studio and its members by purchasing ceramic works available in their retail store and online shop.  

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From February 22 until the end of March, OCAD University’s GradEx 105will showcase the work of 70 recent graduates through outdoor public art projections that will light up the OCAD U campus corridor. This is part of the activities for GradEx 105, which include an online exhibition and videos on OCAD U LiVE.

Hullmark is the presenting sponsor and the University received $170,000 from the Province of the Ontario Reconnect Festival and $12,500 from the City of Toronto’s Winter Activation to support GradEx105’s online transformation.

Produced with the support of the Province of Ontario Reconnect Festival, City of Toronto’s Winter Activations Grant, and in partnership with the Toronto Entertainment District BIA, these public activations will feature large-scale, outdoor projections from the windows of the University’s properties, and from strategically placed, flat-screen monitors along pedestrian routes.

Projections will take place nightly at OCAD U’s main buildings until the end of March:

  • 49 McCaul St.

  • 51 McCaul St.

  • 100 McCaul St. (The Rosalie Sharp Centre for Design)

  • 115 McCaul St. (The Rosalie Sharp Pavilion)

  • 205 Richmond St. W.

As part of GradEx 105, presenting sponsor Hullmark will also host a display of graduate work at one of its sites in Toronto’s west end (950 Queen St. W.).

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An additional component of GradEx 105 is the Poster Exhibition Series, taking place at selected sites across the neighbouring Toronto Entertainment District BIA. Pop-up poster displays will launch throughout March at various locations in the entertainment district and on Queen St. W.

The multi-site presentation is designed to complement the continuous projections on the OCAD U campus.

The unique poster series is made possible with the kind support of the City of Toronto Winter Activations Grant, and with the coordination efforts of the Toronto Entertainment District BIA Office.

The Poster Exhibitions Series will coincide with on-campus video presentations in early March, at the following Toronto Entertainment District BIA locations:

Image above: Artists and designers

Top row, left to right: Yi Ming Li, Seiya Oliver and Leah Probst

Middle row, left to right: Madeleine LeBlanc, Anastasia Tarkhanova and Sadaf Ganjavi 

Bottom row, left to right: Callie DeWees, Juo-Yu Hwang and Ana Luisa Bernárdez 

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Projections will take place nightly at 49 McCaul St., 51 McCaul St., 100 McCaul St. (The Rosalie Sharp Centre for Design), 115 McCaul St. (The Rosalie Sharp Pavilion) and 205 Richmond St. W.


Presenting sponsor Hullmark will also host a display of graduate work at 950 Queen St. W.


The Poster Exhibitions Series will coincide with on-campus video presentations at the following Toronto Entertainment District BIA locations:
• PAI (Thai Kitchen), 18 Duncan St.
• Tim Horton’s, 148 Simcoe St.
• Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King St. W.
• Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Blvd.
• Lee, 601 & 603 King St. W

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From February 22 until the end of March, OCAD University’s GradEx 105 will showcase the work of 70 recent graduates through outdoor public art projections that will light up the OCAD U campus corridor. This is part of this year's exhibition, that has also featured an online exhibition and videos on OCAD U LiVE.

Hullmark is the presenting sponsor and the University received $170,000 from the Province of the Ontario Reconnect Festival and $12,500 from the City of Toronto’s Winter Activation to support GradEx105’s online transformation. 

Produced with the support of Province of Ontario Reconnect Festival, the City of Toronto’s Winter Activation Grant, and in partnership with the Toronto Entertainment District BIA, these public activations will feature large-scale, outdoor projections from the windows of the University’s properties, and from strategically placed, flat-screen monitors along pedestrian routes.

Projections will take place nightly at OCAD U’s main buildings until the end of March and presenting sponsor Hullmark will also host a display of graduate work at one of its sites in Toronto’s west end (950 Queen St. W.).

POSTER EXHIBITION SERIES

An additional component of GradEx 105 is the Poster Exhibition Series, taking place at selected sites across the neighbouring Toronto Entertainment District BIA. Pop-up poster displays will launch throughout March at various locations in the entertainment district and on Queen St. W. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Come learn the basics of softcover bookbinding to give your zines and publications a handmade touch! This workshop will cover folded bindings, pamphlet stitch and Japanese stab binding.  

With the workshop presented online, participants will need to provide their own materials. Bring some blank paper, a ruler, a pencil, scissors or a knife, a needle, and thread. Bookbinding needles and thread are ideal, but any sewing or crafting needles or thread such as embroidery floss will be fine. If you don’t have any thread available, dental floss can be used instead. 

Join the session on Thursday, March 4th at 1pm EST online on Microsoft Teams at https://bit.ly/2Mf2ufz  

If you've missed the past sessions in our Zine Library workshop series, you can access recordings and presentation materials at https://ocadu.libguides.com/zinelibrary/zinemaking

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Come learn the basics of softcover bookbinding to give your zines and publications a handmade touch! This workshop will cover folded bindings, pamphlet stitch and Japanese stab binding.  

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Grant Writing Workshop | Toronto Arts Council | Indigenous Arts Grants
Monday, March 15, 2021
2:00 - 3:30 PM EST
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On March 15, Tash Naveau (Program Manager, Indigenous Arts Projects, Toronto Arts Council), will review what grants are available, discuss the application process, provide tips on how to write a complete grant, and answer any questions you may have. We will also be joined by Timaj Garad, Outreach and Access Program Manager,  Toronto Arts Council who will be providing an overview of the TAC granting programs.

Toronto Arts Council Indigenous Arts Projects 

Tash Naveau is Dene (Chipweyan) and eastern European, she belongs to the Deer Clan and was raised in and is a member of the Ojibwe community of Mattagami First Nation. Currently based in Toronto Canada, her early work experience was in youth work and advocacy in settler and Indigenous communities, while keeping art and image making close by. Moving to Toronto in 2010 opened up a world of media making, shifting her art focus from Photography to Video and media-making work, leading her to experiences in coordinating and leading workshops, assisting and coproducing for short-form independent projects, and editing videos for non-profit organizations and collaborative projects within the Toronto and surrounding Indigenous community.

Tash continues to explore interactive projects involving natural materials, projections, video and sound. She was the Indigenous Place-keeping Fellow at Evergreen Brickworks and Future Cities (2020) and had recent installations and video work presented at film festivals internationally as well as locally at ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, the Toronto Reference Library, Allan Gardens park, and the Ontario Science Centre.

Currently, she shares her time as a creator for documentary content, as the manager of the Indigenous Arts Program the Toronto Arts Council, and is the Interim Student Life Coordinator with First Nations House at the University of Toronto.

Timaj Garad is the Outreach and Access Program Manager at Toronto Arts Council (TAC). She is leading the development of TAC's new Black arts funding program, in addition to supporting outreach activities and improving accessibility across the organization.  For the past 15 years, Timaj has been performing, facilitating workshops, and creating events as a spoken word artist and singer-songwriter, alongside her community work supporting Black artists, newcomers, youth, and persons with disabilities. Timaj is deeply passionate about creating greater access to the arts and amplifying artists in Toronto’s underserved communities.

This event is presented by OCAD U's Indigenous Student Centre and the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers.

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Speaker Series | February 16 – 18, 2021
Schedule & RSVP Links Below

The annual  Design Career Fair at OCAD University is going virtual in 2021! We’re planning a week of virtual programming relevant to emerging designers.  

From February 16 – 18, 2021 attend the DCF Speaker Series to hear from industry partners as they profile their companies and deliver presentations on specific topics of interest within design and creative entrepreneurship.

On February 19th, 2021 attend the virtual fair on the OCAD U Talent Network to connect with industry professionals, get feedback on your portfolio and build your professional network. 

 

Day 1 | DCF Speaker Series | Tuesday, February 16, 2021

  • 2pm – 3pm | Scotiabank Keynote: The Future of Design as a Practice
    Pamela Hilborn, SVP, Global Head of Design, Digital Banking
    RSVP

  • 4pm – 5:30pm | How Much? ! Demystifying Pricing for Designers
    Julian Brown, Jess Leong, Rebecca Wilkinson, moderated by Graham Nhlamba
    RSVP

Day 2| DCF Speaker Series | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

  • 10am – 12pm | Your Creative Career: Preparing for the Design Career Fair
    Presented by RBC CEAD staff
    RSVP

  • 1pm – 2pm | Tax 101 for Freelancers & Small Businesses
    Shantae Cunningham, Founder and Senior Associate, Cobella Financial
    RSVP

  • 3pm – 4pm | Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training: OCADU Info Session
    Jessica Tabak, Job Developer, Miziwe Biik
    RSVP

Day 3 | DCF Speaker Series | Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • 11am – 12:30pm | Shopify Career Journeys: From Intern to Full-Time Designer
    Komal Javed, Jessica Tam, Amanda Spilchen, Patrick Kidney, Steph Shin, Ellie Jeon; Moderator: Sarah Tranum (OCAD U / TrickleUp Design)
    RSVP

  • 2pm – 3pm | Doing Better: Diversity & Equity Hiring Practices
    Stephanie Small (Black Taxi), Judy McLean (GroupM) and Stephanie McRae (Leo Burnett and Saatchi & Saatchi); Moderator: Zviko Mhakayakora (RBC CEAD)
    RSVP

  • 4pm – 5pm | Critical Mass: Digital Storytelling: How to use data to create better ads
    Cam Benedict, Associate Creative Director, Critical Mass and Chantal Miyagishima, Copywriter, Critical Mass
    RSVP

Day 4 | Virtual Career Fair | Friday, February 19, 2021, 11am-3pm

Open to OCAD U Students and Alumni online via the Talent Network > Events & Advising > Virtual Fairs
. Watch a video preview of the Job Seeker experience.

RSVP BY CLICKING "ATTEND"

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Darlene Kulig
Toronto-based visual artist Darlene Kulig.

In her more than three decades as a visual artist, Darlene Kulig never imagined her artwork would be featured on face masks.

Yet for this Toronto-based artist, the COVID-19 curveball has inspired a way to raise money for cancer research in memory of a beloved nephew, Craig Kulig, who succumbed to the disease four years ago.

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD U) Kulig studied communications and design, graduating in 1984. She describes herself as a “semi-abstracted spirited landscape artist” who paints natural environments that speak to her heart, in a style influenced by Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris, that she infuses with “luminosity and vibration.”

Kulig's beloved nephew Craig passed away after a courageous battle with a rare and aggressive type of soft-tissue cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma, at age 23. A vibrant and wise young man who knew his way around cars, Craig enjoyed jamming on his acoustic bass guitar, and could be counted on for good advice. He was deeply loved by his circle of family and friends. His father, Bruce, established the Craig Kulig Memorial Fund at the Ottawa Hospital to raise money for more effective and gentler cancer therapies.

Earlier this year, Kulig underwent a brand-boosting exercise with the support of some local college students enrolled in a social media marketing program. The efforts raised her profile and eventually attracted the attention of BYOM (pandemic lingo for Bring Your Own Mask), a new business launched by a family-run Mississauga-based graphic design and image-printing company that makes and sells designer fabric masks with a top-quality filter. An initial conversation led to a collaboration whereby BYOM is producing and selling adult and child masks featuring some of her paintings while directing a portion of each sale to the Craig Kulig Memorial Fund. The masks can also be purchased via Kulig’s website.

“Craig was a lovely and talented young man who was the centre of his family and seeing what they went through, and how they want to help other families suffering with cancer, I find it so inspiring, and I want to be a part of that,” Kulig says.

Mask art is just the latest venture in Kulig’s long and accomplished career in fine and commercial art. For more than 20 years, she ran D.M. Kulig Design, serving clients in the corporate, institutional, non-profit and arts spheres, including the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Ontario Securities Commission and the Canadian Opera Company.  During the last ten years, Kulig has been painting full-time.

She has also taught painting, including at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto charity for those affected by cancer, a disease that has also taken the lives of Kulig’s parents and a good friend. “Art helps me cope,” she says.

It seems she’s not the only one who feels that way, as business is brisk for Kulig, with orders for her artwork up. A U.S. book and stationary publisher is producing puzzles, greeting cards and calendars with images of her art. And the masks are now on sale at the Ottawa Hospital Gift Shop, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She credits OCAD U for encouraging her to trust and express her artistic vision.

“It helped me learn to be creative and unafraid, curious and open-minded,” Kulig says. “I got to learn about my abilities as an artist, and to learn with other artists in a supportive environment.”

Kulig’s work can be found in galleries across Canada and the United States, as well as private collections around the world. 

Lisa McLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.
Lisa McLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, wearing Kulig's Dragonfly New Dawn face mask. Photo: courtesy CBC.
Darlene Kulig's dragonfly mask.
Dragonfly New Dawn is Kulig's painting in honour of her nephew, Craig, who died of cancer in 2016. The dragonfly symbolizes the power of personal growth and change.
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In her more than three decades as a visual artist, Darlene Kulig never imagined her artwork would be featured on face masks. Yet for this Toronto-based visual artist, the coronavirus curveball has inspired a way to raise money for cancer research in memory of a beloved nephew, Craig Kulig, who succumbed to the disease four years ago.
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Interested in drawing a professional model? These sessions are perfect for people looking for life drawing without instruction.

While this studio time is offered by the OCAD University Alumni Association, you don't have to be a student or alumnus to attend — the sessions are open to everyone!

Bring a drawing board and materials. $10 cash per session. Please pay the monitor on duty.

Please note that due to room capacity limits these sessions are run on a first-come first-served basis. There are no reserved spots.

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Interested in drawing a professional model? These sessions are perfect for people looking for life drawing without instruction.

While this studio time is offered by the OCAD University Alumni Association, you don't have to be a student or alumnus to attend — the sessions are open to everyone!

Bring a drawing board and materials. $10 cash per session. Please pay the monitor on duty.

Please note that due to room capacity limits these sessions are run on a first-come first-served basis. There are no reserved spots.

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$10 Cash
Email
alumni@ocadu.ca
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(416) 977-6000 ext. 4880
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https://www.ocadu.ca/alumni/alumni-association/life-drawing-sessions
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Room 617 100 McCaul Street Toronto ON M5T 1W1
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Interested in drawing a professional model? These sessions are perfect for people looking for life drawing without instruction.

While this studio time is offered by the OCAD University Alumni Association, you don't have to be a student or alumnus to attend — the sessions are open to everyone!

Bring a drawing board and materials. $10 cash per session. Please pay the monitor on duty.

Please note that due to room capacity limits these sessions are run on a first-come first-served basis. There are no reserved spots.

Cost
$10 Cash
Email
alumni@ocadu.ca
Phone
(416) 977-6000 ext. 4880
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https://www.ocadu.ca/alumni/alumni-association/life-drawing-sessions
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