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We're excited to announce Sara Abulkarim and Emerald Repard-Denniston as the recipients of the Akin Studios 2022 Career Launcher

Sara Abulkarim is an emerging interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Born in Iraq, she immigrated to Montreal in 2002, where she studied Interior Design. Following her passion, in 2017 she decided to study Fine Arts at OCAD University. Sara’s art often stems from memory and feelings. She paints moments and fragments of her life, meaningful spaces and moments that sculpted her into the person she is today. Intrigued by abstract, she loves to try new techniques and mediums to mimic her emotions through colours and gestures. Her work is characterized by vibrant colours and animated movement. 
Website: www.saraabulkarim.com

Emerald Repard-Denniston is a queer Chinese-Canadian visual artist. She is committed to anticolonial and anti-capitalist politics and activist work. She wishes to break apart from settler-colonial, hetero-patriarchal binaries and beliefs. Based in Squamish,Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam/Vancouver, and Tkaronto/Toronto, her practice focuses on the diasporic-Canadian experience through drawing, painting, and digital media. She is an emerging artist who has acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Drawing and Painting Program from OCAD University and a Minor in Art and Social Change.
Website:  www.repard-denniston-emerald.format.com
Instagram: @em_thepainter

The two successful applicants will be awarded $2,000 in credits to go towards a studio space at Akin’s shared workspaces in 2022-2023. Additionally, each recipient will receive $450 credit for use at Akin Studio’s Remote Gallery at Richmond and Portland, courtesy of Akin Studios. Remote Gallery provides the opportunity to exhibit work, host workshops / artist talks, or other activities relevant to early career growth.

Akin is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides creative studio space as well as arts-based programming. Akin’s studios provide a working environment that maintains a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavours and creative entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. They build community through accessible and educational programming along with open studio events, gallery tours, exhibitions, as well as various other art projects. www.akincollective.com 

🎯 To learn more about this and other Career Launchers visit: https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2022-akin-studio

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The Student Union is hosting a Pride Party in collaboration with the Student Wellness Centre, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Sustainability Initiatives at OCADU, and PROUD U Collective.

On Wednesday June 22nd joining us in Butterfield Park from 3 - 6pm for an afternoon full of Pride fun. 2SLGBTQ+ identifying members of the OCAD community and allies are invited to enjoy free food, activities, and a live drag performance.

Join Us for a pride party Come out for the chance to win gift cards to Glad Day Bookshop and Come As You Are sex shop! We hope to see you there.

Contribute to the Pride Playlist! Click here to collaborate with other community members to build a playlist as vibrant and diverse as our campus. 

Illustrated Poster by Khang Do 2022

Thanks to our sponsors OCADU SWC, ODESI, and PROUD U Collective

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The Student Union is hosting a Pride Party in collaboration with the Student Wellness Centre, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Sustainability Initiatives at OCADU, and PROUD U Collective. Join us June 22 in Butterfield Park between 3pm-6pm. 
 

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We're excited to announce Yiren Tang as the recipient of the SwissVBS 2022 Illustrator Internship Career Launcher. 

Yiren is a Chinese illustrator based in Toronto. With a passion for visual arts, she moved to Toronto to study illustration in 2018 after working for several years in China. She started exploring 3D illustration a year ago and fell in love with it. Yiren also loves to explore various traditional and digital media, such as oil painting, screen printing, Maya, After effects, etc. https://yiren-tang.format.com/

Since 2001, SwissVBS has been at the forefront of defining what learning can be in the digital world. Their mission is to create experiences that inspire, engage, transform, and most importantly – deliver results. SwissVBS is building the digital learning experience of tomorrow. https://swissvbs.com/

To learn more about this and other Career Launchers visit: https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2022-swissvbs 

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Join Simon Au, Executive Creative Director at The Kitchen to learn how to break into and succeed the field of content creation when everyone is a ‘content creator’ now.

Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 12pm - 1:15pm
Register: https://bit.ly/SpeedOfCulture

Speaker: Simon Au Executive Creative Director at The Kitchen

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Salt XC is a new agency driven by the philosophy of Experiential Commerce™; their unique framework for designing better consumer experiences that earn attention and drive action. They take an integrated approach that connects consumers’ online and offline experiences through data, media and the memorable moments that drive brand transactions.

What is The Kitchen?  

The Kitchen is an agile team of creatives, strategists, designers, producers, content creators, and social managers working together to deliver remarkable ideas across a range of mediums. What makes us unique is the way we work: sometimes we’re working on our brands’ biggest briefs, and sometimes we create our own briefs from the opportunities that arise from culture and current events. We leverage our unique position as an agency built inside Kraft Heinz to make work that’s only possible with agility and quick collaboration with brands. 

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Current Salt XC Talent Network Postings:

Content Creator - The Kitchen: https://ocadu-csm.symplicity.com/students/app/jobs/detail/0d11691a924ea46c8c8b25b0723fe8ad

Social Copywriter: https://ocadu-csm.symplicity.com/students/app/jobs/detail/8d2fa2428cd2ce42e73e50b301bb1b7e

Designer: https://ocadu-csm.symplicity.com/students/app/jobs/detail/3f25ab0f5e0d8bcff477bc297034040d

 

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Learn about design in the luxury sector! 

Hear of the issues, successes and how designers find careers in luxury. Join Charlene McFarlane(Fashion & Beauty Educator, Business Manager, Beauty Advisor, Holt Renfrew), Angela DeMontigny(Cree/Métis Fashion Designer, Artist, Decolonizer and Founder + Designer of Young Native Fashion Inc. & Lodge Soy Candles) and Janielle McKoy (Style Expert, Cityline, Todays Shopping Choice) for this panel discussion and Q&A;

moderated by Dori Tunstall (Dean, Faculty of Design, OCAD University)

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Register: https://bit.ly/Designing4Luxury
 

Charlene McFarlane - Fashion & Beauty Educator / Business Manager, Beauty Advisor and D&I Committee member at Holt Renfrew 
Born and raised in Downtown Montreal against the backdrop of Parisian culture, Charlene McFarlane is a dynamic award-winning Entrepreneur with 9 years experience in the industry, and Educator for aspiring professionals and entrepreneurs in fashion & beauty. 
Launching her career as a model and one woman street team promoting both talent and events in fashion and philanthropy, she has expanded her talents developing strategies for operations, marketing, customer service, sales, communication, media, branding, client-vendor relations, business start-up and development. 
She is currently a Business Manager/Beauty Advisor at Holt Renfrew, and member the D&I Committee. Check out her free master class at: CharleneMcFarlane.com!

Angela DeMontigny - Cree/Métis Fashion Designer, Artist, Decolonizer and Founder + Designer of Young Native Fashion Inc. & Lodge Soy Candles
Angela DeMontigny, an award winning Cree/Métis designer and artist based in Ancaster, ON has been a pioneer of Indigenous luxury fashion and a creative entrepreneur for 2 decades. Her original leather collections have graced international runways and fashion weeks such as New Zealand, South Africa, London, UK and throughout North America and her designs have been worn by numerous celebs and performers over the years. DeMontigny started her first design business at the age of 24 in Vancouver. She started the first Indigenous owned apparel factory/Industrial sewing training program on Six Nations, ON in 1995 and opened her beautiful, made-to-order boutique/gallery in the art district of Hamilton, ON in 2014. She has been an avid advocate and supporter of Indigenous designers, artisans, women, and youth entrepreneurs throughout her career. 

Janielle McKoy - Style Expert, Cityline and Todays Shopping Choice
Janielle Mckoy is a tv style expert and Learning Differences Advocate. From showcasing her personal style on herself and her clients on and off television, to sharing her experiences living with Dyslexia in the corporate world, she is far from the average style guru.  She has over 15 years of fashion experience and has worked for conglomerates like Saks Fifth Avenue and television networks like CBC, BET and Amazon just to name a few. Today, you can find Janielle on popular Canadian morning show “Cityline” with Tracy Moore, where she is sharing the latest fashion trends. She is also the lead stylist for Todays Shopping Choice formally known as the shopping channel. 

 

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Learn about Design roles at Royal Ontario Museum!

Join Luciana Calvet, Exhibit Designer (3D) and OCAD U ENVR alumni, Courtney Murfin, Interpretive Planner & Rachel Wong, Acting Manager, Design as they discuss the creation of the #MyPandemicStory exhibition, their design roles at the ROM, and advice on entering the field.

Date: Thursday June 9, 12pm
Register: https://bit.ly/ROMLovesDesign

Moderator: Farah Yusuf

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Luciana Calvet, she/her  
Exhibit Designer (3D), Royal Ontario Museum
  
From commissioning a 10-foot diameter black widow spider to designing the galleries of Ancient Rome, Luciana enjoys the process of continually learning about the world at the museum. Working with curators, planners, technicians and other designers, Luciana creates a physical, emotional, and sensory experience for the visitor. Technically, her work deals with space planning, life safety/facilities, millwork builds, and artifact display. She is a graduate of Environmental Design OCAD and holds a degree in Semiotics.

 
Courtney Murfin, she/her  
Interpretive Planner, Royal Ontario Museum 

As an interpretive planner at the Royal Ontario Museum, Courtney works on a wide variety of projects – from bizarre animals to archaeological sites, and from major special exhibitions to digital apps and behind-the-scenes programs. Courtney works with curators and designers to determine storyline, target audience, and tone, and helps to develop much of the project’s content. So far, she’s most enjoyed creating experiences about massive whales, bloodsucking creatures, new dinosaur discoveries, modern mining, historic palaces, horror movie posters, Mexican clothing, tattoos, and most recently, children’s pandemic artworks. 
 
 
Rachel Wong, she/her  
Acting Manager, Design, Royal Ontario Museum 

Rachel has worked in various design-related fields from making architectural models to designing art installations. Her love of learning and interest in meaning-making eventually led her to a career in museums. She has worked at many different cultural institutions across the GTA before finding a home at ROM. Rachel works on both 2D and 3D exhibition design, collaborating closely with curators, interpretive planners, other designers, as well as other project team members. She studied Fine Arts, Interior Design, and Museum Studies.

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OCAD University’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce a recruited placement in partnership with Art Metropole for the role of Programs, Publications & Shop Assistant. The Programs, Publications & Shop Assistant will join Art Metropole’s team to support activities at their 896 College Street space, at pop-up locations, and online. This is a fantastic opportunity for OCAD U recent graduates interested in building skills and knowledge in an artist-run-centre with a focus on artist’s publications and related programming. The role will be a combination of remote and in-person work. 

DEADLINE: Sunday, June 19, 2022, 11:59 PM ET
More Information: https://bit.ly/ArtMetCL2022

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  • Recent OCAD U grads (2022 or 2021) at the Undergraduate level or Master’s level
  • Knowledge of and experience with contemporary art practices or non-profit artist-run centres; familiarity with artist’s books and bookselling is an asset
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask and manage long and short-term projects
  • Demonstrated experience with project management and logistics coordination Mac OS proficiencies with Microsoft OfficeSuite, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator andInDesign
  • Customer service and retail experience would be considered an asset
  • Experience with art handling, archival material, or installing art exhibits is a considerable asset
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Career Launcher opportunity

Art Metropole is a non-profit visual arts centre with a focus on contemporary art in formats predisposed to circulation and dissemination:artists’ books and art publications, video, audio, electronic media, and multiples. Art Metropole distributes works through its space at 896 College Street, pop-up and satellite locations, and online. Art Metropole produces exhibitions, talks, screenings, performances and other programming that feature and/or intersect with distributed art practices; and manages a public art collection and archive pertaining to these practices. www.artmetropole.com

The centre was founded in 1974 by the artist collective General Idea, as a division of Art-Official Inc. (1972). Art-Official’s mission is to facilitate and document collaboration and exchange of ideas between artists. The company had served as the non-profit business entity for General Idea’s File Magazine (1972–1989). Art Metropole was conceived as a related artist-run centre and collection agency devoted to the documentation, archiving and distribution of all the images.

Art Metropole is actively taking measures to ensure better representation of equity seeking culture workers throughout the organization, particularly in leadership and governance. We strongly encourage and will prioritize applications from those who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, Queer, Trans, disabled, and from other self-identifying applicants. Artists and other cultural workers often face precarious working conditions, lack of job security, and below average wages. Art Metropole has committed to addressing these issues, and is proud to be a certified Living Wage Employer, with all staff at Art Metropole earning at least $22.08 per hour, the living wage calculated for Toronto.
 

VACCINATION POLICY
Art Metropole operates in a small space that does not always allow for staff to distance from each other at all times. In order to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required for the selected candidate prior to their start date. Accommodation requests for new hires that are unable to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on medical or other legally protected grounds must be provided in writing.

📌 We encourage applications from first-time applicants to the program and graduates of equity-seeking communities.

We encourage all who might require assistance with the application process to reach out to determine available support.

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Join OCAD U’s Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) and the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) for a special in-person edition of Coffee Chats with Jordan Bennett on Thursday June 9, 2022 1-2 PM EDT at Onsite Gallery. 

Date & Time: Thurs. Jun. 9, 2022, 1-2 PM EDT  
Location: Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W. 
RSVP:  https://bit.ly/CoffeeChatJordanBennett  

This event prioritizes the attendance of Indigenous OCAD U students, alumni, and community members. Wearing a mask indoors is mandatory on OCAD U campus.  

Jordan Bennett is a Mi’kmaq visual from Stephenville Crossing, Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland). He lives and works on his ancestral territory of Mi’kma’ki in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia with his partner in life and art Amy Malbeuf. Bennett’s ongoing practice utilizes painting, sculpture, video, installation and sound to explore land, language, the act of visiting, familial histories and challenging colonial perceptions of indigenous histories and presence with a focus on exploring Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture of Ktaqamkuk. https://www.jordanbennett.ca/ 

Jordan’s large-scale outdoor mural, pi'tawita'iek: we go up river and solo exhibition, Souvenir launches at OCAD U June 15, 2022. More details on these exhibitions and additional events at: https://www.ocadu.ca/event/jordan-bennett-x2  

Jordan would love to talk about: Analyzing Mi’kmaq visual language through cultural connections to ancestral objects to remember and reimagine our relations to each other, to our histories and with the land; porcupine quill work; combining historical art and culture with popular culture and community 

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Coffee Chats is a series of casual gatherings with OCAD U’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) and industry guests. Hosted in small intimate groups, these gatherings provide a space for group conversations with practitioners who are interested in supporting OCAD U students and grads to offer mentorship, and share their professional insights and journey, while collectively creating a community.  

The Indigenous Student Centre offers a welcoming environment with a wide range of specialized services to support the academic, cultural, social and emotional well-being of Indigenous students at OCAD University. https://www.ocadu.ca/services/indigenous-students  

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Table and the CEAD are excited to be hosting Millie Chen (Class of 2019) for Session 2 of ‘Pull Up A Chair’. “Pull Up A Chair” is a virtual conversation series hosted by Table @table_inds featuring OCAD U industrial design alumni. The conversation will explore their journeys through the university program and beyond - diving deep into matters of representation, equity, and inclusion.

This series aims to amplify the voices of alumni who identify as women, non-binary, LGBTQ2S+, BIPOC and/or people with disabilities.

Join our conversation on Twitch on Wednesday, May 25th @ 8PM EST.

https://bit.ly/PullUpAChair02 

Millie is a videographer, filmmaker, and photographer, having recently won ‘Best Film’ at TIFF Next Wave 48h Film Challenge (2021) 🎞️. Graduating with a minor in Material Art & Design, Millie has experience in jewelry design and production, as well as soft goods design. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Millie has built upon her industrial design background to provide fresh perspectives to her endeavors. 

 If you have any questions for Millie, drop them in the comments!

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Table was created with the goal to better support OCAD University industrial design alumni. A seat at the table has long been a symbol for the power of inclusion, but also, exclusion. As industrial designers, we are deconstructing the table and rebuilding it to be the symbol we hope for the future. We are committed to being an inclusive community that nurtures relationships based on trust, consistency and accountability.

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The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the inaugural Contemporary Textile Studio Artist Residency Career Launcher for students or recent grads (2021, 2022). One (1) successful applicant will be awarded a 9 week self-directed residency with Contemporary Textile Studio Cooperative ($550 value) which grants them access to the co-op’s studio, facilities and equipment. Mentorship from one to two studio members will be provided throughout the residency. Additionally, the CEAD will provide the selected artist with $300 to support the cost of materials and supplies during their residency. This is an amazing opportunity to become part of a larger creative community and gain access to the excellent multidisciplinary facilities that Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative has to offer.

DEADLINE: Monday, June 6, 2022, 11:59 PM
Apply: https://bit.ly/ContemporaryTextileStudio2022CL 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current OCAD U students in any discipline or 2021, 2022 grads exploring textiles in their work
  • Ability to work independently and respectfully in a shared studio space
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Career Launcher opportunity

📌 We encourage applications from first-time applicants to the program and graduates of equity-seeking communities.

We encourage all who might require assistance with the application process to reach out to determine available support.

The Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative was started in 2006 by a group of textile artists wanting an affordable and properly equipped studio space, and a home for the promotion of textile arts and design in Toronto. The cooperative is located in a well-known cultural hub that is home to many galleries and artist-run centres. Their working studio is a prime 1200 square foot space on the first floor of the historic 401 Richmond Street West building where members and friends produce work, teach, learn, interact, and innovate with other designers, artists, student, and the community. Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative relies on members’ and residents’ diverse backgrounds and perspectives to spark innovation and creativity. www.textilestudio.ca

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The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the inaugural Contemporary Textile Studio Artist Residency Career Launcher for students or recent grads (2021, 2022). One (1) successful applicant will be awarded a 9 week self-directed residency with Contemporary Textile Studio Cooperative ($550 value) which grants them access to the co-op’s studio, facilities and equipment. Mentorship from one to two studio members will be provided throughout the residency. Additionally, the CEAD will provide the selected artist with $300 to support the cost of materials and supplies during their residency. This is an amazing opportunity to become part of a larger creative community and gain access to the excellent multidisciplinary facilities that Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative has to offer.

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