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Welcome To BLACK GradEx 2021

Enjoy short podcast-style video conversations with graduating OCADU students.

Assistant Professors Michael Lee Poy & Kestin Cornwall sit down with their guests Sydney Gittens, Natia Lemay, Ehiko Odeh, Kayla Wallace,  Kaylee Meyer, Adé Abegunde.  They discuss OCAD U, art, and what inspires their work and how OCAD U and their community can assist them moving forward. You will enjoy the discussions, we promise. 

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Welcome To BLACK GradEx 2021!  Enjoy short podcast-style video conversations with graduating OCADU students.

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It's My Future (IMFTO)
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Dr. Dori Tunstall, dean of OCAD University’s Faculty of Design, is encouraging Black, Indigenous and POC youth living in the Greater Toronto Area to get involved in a unique program where they can share their experiences and give the city some advice on how to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re looking for fresh ideas from BIPOC youth, aged eight to 12 years old. This is a great opportunity for them to contribute their voices and insights to the City of Toronto’s Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group,” explains Dr. Tunstall, who was appointed to the advisory committee in July, which reports to Toronto Mayor John Tory’s Economic and Support Recovery Task Force.

“In joining this advisory committee, I wanted to show how OCAD University’s design thinking and strategic approaches can bring the voices of the vulnerable to the development of policy recommendations, especially as we face the impacts of COVID-19,” she says, drawing on her experience with her Blackreach program. 

It’s My Future Toronto (IMFTO) is bringing education, industry, government and BIPOC community partners together to provide opportunities for BIPOC youth, aged eight to 12 years, to design Toronto’s recovery from COVID-19 and address systemic racism for the next three to five years.

“The City of Toronto is excited about how the It’s My Future Toronto project could serve as a model for how we might engage marginalized youth in not just telling us about their problems related to COVID-19 and racism, but coming up with fresh design solutions to the future of their city,” says Michael Thompson, Chair, Economic and Community Development Committee and Councillor, Ward 21 (Scarborough Centre).

Through this unique program, up to 100 BIPOC youth will participate in a four-step creative process – report, imagine, make and connect – focused on three main influencers in today’s society: advertising, media and policy.

From mid-September to mid-November, they will be guided through “how-to” videos on the website www.itsmyfutureto.ca, which launches on September 17, 2020, and online workshops by professional journalists, designers, advertisers, community activists, movie directors, and policy experts. 

They will learn how to share their ideas with the government through policy, city decision-makers through journalism, and everybody in the city through advertising. Plus, they will gain practical skills in journalism with the opportunity to have their own stories published in the Globe and Mail, as part of the city’s policy recommendations regarding COVID-19 recovery, or launched in an advertising campaign.

IMFTO partners include OCAD University’s Faculty of Design and the Strategic Foresight and Innovation Program; The Globe and Mail; Microsoft (Minecraft); Juliet Advertising Agency; Sid Lee Advertising Agency, responsible for the Raptor’s We The North campaign; Wolff Olins, which designed the project’s branding; Julien Lutz, aka Director X and OCAD U honorary doctorate recipient; and the City of Toronto’s Economic and Cultural Recovery Advisory Group.

“I am humbled that so many partners from OCAD U, industry, government, and the BIPOC community have joined together in order to provide BIPOC youth with the tools to Report, Imagine, Make, and Connect their ideas to the government through policy, decision-makers through media, and the people through advertising. These youth will be the future leaders of the city,” says Dr. Tunstall.

 

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It’s My Future Toronto (IMFTO), a unique program that provides the opportunity for up to 100 eight to 12-year-old BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and POC) youth to advise the City of Toronto on how Toronto should recover from COVID-19 and systemic racism for the next three to five years. Participating youth will be given access to powerful tools and people in journalism, advertising, design and policy making to tell their own story of the future they want. Focused on three main influencers in today’s society, advertising, media and policy, the program guides participants through a four-step creative process of Report, Imagine, Make, and Connect. Many partners are involved in this initiative, including Dr. Dori Tunstall, dean of OCAD University’s Faculty of Design, and the City of Toronto.
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Elizabeth Dori Tunstall, Dean, Faculty of Design, OCAD University; photo by Ismil Waterman.

As the City of Toronto considers how to survive and thrive in a climate of ongoing pandemic outbreaks and significant economic decline, it is seeking expert advice from a design authority at OCAD University.

Elizabeth Dori Tunstall, Dean of OCAD U’s Faculty of Design, has been appointed to the municipal government’s new Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group.

Part of Mayor John Tory’s Economic Support and Recovery Task Force, the group consists of 18 city leaders from a variety of sectors and communities who will make suggestions for how local businesses and cultural institutions can rebuild and innovate in the disruptive age of COVID-19.

Drawing on her extensive experience as a design anthropologist, educator and advocate, Tunstall will address how design principles and practices can help cultural institutions adapt their operations in safe and effective ways.

“We have to think of new ways to bring people together safely, but with a sense of humanity,” Tunstall says. “What are the business models to socially and financially support our cultural industries and practices, when the original model is based on face-to-face interaction?” 

Tunstall has served as the Dean of Design at OCAD U since 2016, and has been probing the value of design in organizing and optimizing human society for much longer. Her design practice and research are informed by her belief that design can help to advance equality, democracy, fairness and human connection.

Among her key projects are the Black Youth Design Initiative, which is an intergenerational platform to strengthen within Black communities the design capacity to Imagine, Make, and Connect as a guard against anti-Black racism.

The advisory group launched on June 24 with an initial meeting, where Tunstall says the members were encouraged to take a “blue sky” approach to reimagining how the city can function.

The members will meet three more times in July, August and September before preparing a final report for Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson, who chairs the Economic and Community Development Committee.

Tunstall is serving with representatives from sectors or industries such as art and design, academia, finance, health care, the law and the trades. The group also includes grassroots community organizations such as the Parkdale Centre for Innovation, the Centre for Young Black Professionals and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. Tunstall hopes to demonstrate how art and design are vital to our economy and society.

“There is a lot of talk right now about essential workers, and what I want to show is how artists and designers are also essential to sustaining our way of life,” Tunstall says. “The creative sector generates much revenue because people understand that we don’t just want to live, we also want to flourish.”

Having worked in academia for 15 years, Tunstall will also share experiences and insights that can be instructive for helping higher education institutions endure this tumultuous period.

As a Black woman—and the first Black dean of a faculty of design anywhere—who has led efforts to support Black designers and artists, Tunstall is also keen to ensure that as Toronto remakes itself, it becomes a more inclusive place for its Black, Indigenous and racialized citizens.

She will solicit input from the OCAD U community, including from faculty and students in the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, which prioritizes people-centred and decolonizing design for achieving business success and positive social change. They will be charged with working with intersectional BIPOC youth to help them document and draw new futures for Toronto.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to engage the brilliance of faculty, students and the wider OCAD U community to help young people envision the future of Toronto,” she says. “We have an opportunity to redesign the city in a way that is more sustainable and equitable, which are values that are important to a flourishing future.”

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Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, Dean of OCAD U’s Faculty of Design, has been appointed to Toronto’s new Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group.
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OCAD University’s Faculty of Design is pleased to announce the hiring of five new tenure-track faculty members who self-identify as Black peoples of African Descent (including Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, North America and Latin America), as a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Joining the University’s Faculty of Design, as of August 1,2020 are Angela Bains, Kestin Cornwall, Kathy Moscou, Michael Lee Poy and Marton Robinson.

The hiring of these five new faculty members is part of OCAD U’s dedication to the implementation of its Academic Plan that articulates a commitment to decolonization, diversity, and equity.

Under the leadership of Dr. Dori Tunstall, Dean, Faculty of Design at OCAD University, the Faculty sought candidates who could demonstrate how their lived experiences as Black people informed a deep commitment through their work to intersectional Black communities and whose theoretical, technical, and making/design expertise fulfilled one or more of the current areas of need within the Faculty.

“It brings real tears of joy to welcome these five Black faculty members to OCAD University and address the Faculty of Design’s 144 years of Black underrepresentation,” said Dr. Tunstall. “The overwhelming support of the Black communities in sharing the call and applying to the positions was crucial in making this Black Cluster Hire a success.”

This is an important announcement within today’s context, given recent anti-Black racism protests and events. It shows how OCAD University is working towards structural change and to find ways to address the longstanding underrepresentation of Black faculty at our University,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University.

“OCAD U understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are essential to, and enrich, the institution’s core mission and vision as an art and design university with a local and global scope,” added Dr. Diamond.

The hiring committee used Black Cluster Hire profile equivalencies to redefine profiles of excellence based on levels of historical exclusion from post-secondary institutions: Traditional Academic (fully embedded in postsecondary institutions), Praxis Star (limited access to or exclusion from post-secondary institutions), and Community Connector (experiences of exclusion from post-secondary institutions).

The International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015–2024, was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in a Resolution (68/237) adopted on December 23, 2013. The theme of the International Decade is "People of African descent: recognition, justice and development."

Meet the newest members of OCAD U’s Faculty of Design:

Angela Bains
Angela Bains

Angela Bains

Angela Bains is a co-founder and strategic director of TransformExp, an award-winning design firm. Originally from the UK, Bains has more than 25 years of experience in the design industry, working on social change causes, including the Free Nelson Mandela Campaign and commercial accounts including: BBC Television, Swatch Canada, Westinghouse Canada, and the Ritz-Carlton.

She has been invited to speak and host at the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) - International DesignThinkers Conference (Vancouver & Toronto). Most recently, her expertise was covered on CBC and CKNW 980. Bains has taught Strategic Design part-time at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

She has been honoured by her students through six consecutive annual nominations for the BCIT Teaching Excellence Awards which she has won three times and in addition, she was nominated nationally for the RGD - Canadian Design Educators Award of Excellence.

Kestin Cornwall
Kestin Cornwall

Kestin Cornwall

Kestin Cornwall grew up in the Windsor, Ontario area. His father is Grenadian and his mother is American. He spent much of his youth in Detroit Michigan with family. In 2001, he moved to Oakville, Ontario to begin his training at Sheridan College.

While completing the Art Fundamentals and Illustration programs, Cornwall’s focus and love for the arts grew quickly. He increasingly combined both classical drawing and painting with modern digital reproduction and screen-printing.

Over the past 10 years, Cornwall has focused on creating relevant progressive art. He uses images to explore the notion that culture and entertainment, including film and other media, shape the mass public perception of black people and people of colour in North American culture. Cornwall critically charts current political, social, and economic landscapes with compositions brimming with references to media, popular culture, music and art history.

He enjoys challenging what’s considered “common” and feels it is the duty of an artist to add beauty to the world while invoking the unending social responsibility to capture thought. Many of his influences include contemporary graphic realism, street art and old comics, with a complimenting factor of mystery. Each piece depicts an analysis of our obsession with beauty, age and change. Cornwall lives and works in Toronto.

Kathy Moscou
Kathy Moscou

Kathy Moscou

Kathy Moscou’s background is eclectic and unique, merging visual arts and health. Her lived experience, born as an African-American, informs her art, focus on Black cultural aesthetics, contemporary design for social justice, commitment to the Black community and choice of research, which focuses on equity and empowerment of Black and Indigenous youth in Canada, the United States and across the African diaspora.

Moscou’s experience, contributing to the education of post-secondary students and exhibition history, spans more than 20 years. Her PhD research of pharmacogovernance and comparative health policy addresses equity in drug safety and governance to foster healthy communities.

The representative stories in her art, deeply rooted in Black cultural traditions, explore contemporary issues of racism and identity by challenging viewers to see and think beyond contemporary stereotypes, the framing they put on the world and which the world places on them. She uses design, colour, form, and symbols to communicate concepts of Kujichuglia (self-determination), Black cultural pride, resilience, agency and empowerment.

Her work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon); the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto); the M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery (Seattle) and the Bellevue Art Museum (Bellevue, WA).

Moscou embraces a human-centered philosophy of design that empowers individuals or communities seeking to address specific issues to contribute to or collaborate with the designer/design team in designing solutions.

 

Michael Lee Poy
Michael Lee Poy

Michael Lee Poy

Michael Lee Poy is an Afro-Caribbean artist-activist and architect in Trinidad and Tobago. His practice and interests are centered on post-colonial Caribbean design and fabrication in the festival arts – especially Carnival. A graduate of Pratt Institute of Technology in architecture (B. Arch.) and the Yale Graduate School of Architecture, Environmental Design (MED), Michael aims to use interdisciplinarity to augment the innovative, creative, and collaborative process of design.

Since 2015, Lee Poy has been teaching the Hero's Journey process as a design curriculum for graduate students in the Creative Design Entrepreneurship (CDEN) program in the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine campus.

By introducing the class to familiar and unfamiliar local icons, Lee Poy actively decolonizes learning, and deconstructs the “expert” paradigm. He does this in order to generate and inspire new and sovereign knowledge – allowing students from various backgrounds and disciplines to delve into both their historical and creative psyches.

For the past five years, Lee Poy has been incubating the Moko Jumbie Mas Camp workshops for children aged 7-17. The masquerade (mas) camps were designed and implemented as socially-conscious design/build and fabrication/studio/lab workshops. They operate like a small design incubator/facilitator – just like typical Carnival mas camps. The students learn leadership training, team building, and balance and acrobatics. Eventually, the older students become experts and mentors for the younger ones.

Lee Poy’s architectural and design portfolio includes two buildings at the UWI, St. Augustine campus, the Trinidad Hilton Conference Centre port cochère, in addition to numerous commercial interiors throughout the island. He was co-chair of the UWI Ministry of Design: From Cottage Industry to State Enterprise Symposium (2015); and his work has been featured in Caribbean Beat Magazine (January 2018).

Marton Robinson
Marton Robinson

 

Marton Robinson

Costa Rican artist Marton Robinson has an interdisciplinary background informed by his studies in both Physical Education and Art and Visual Communication. He completed an MFA at the University of Southern California.

Robinson’s art, which is informed mainly by African-American traditions, challenges the conventional representations of black identities in art history, mainstream culture, and the official national narratives, especially those of Costa Rica. With an often ironic and rhetorical take on the constructs of racism, this practice endeavours to confront the hierarchies and conceptions inherited from colonialism in order to subvert the mindsets and prejudices ingrained in our social experience. Robinson’s work exposes the nuances present in the Afro-Latino experience, enriching the critical discourse of contemporary works of the African Diaspora.

Robinson has participated in exhibitions in spaces such as: The Getty Center, California; Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, Costa Rica; Vincent Price Art Museum, California; Fundación Ars TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica; Museo de Arte Costarricense; New Wight Gallery, California; X Bienal Centroamericana, Costa Rica; Pacific Standard Time LA/LA; Aidekman Arts Center, Boston; Le Palais de Tokyo, France; Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen, Norway; Centro de la Imagen, México; ARTBO, Colombia; Prizm Art Fair; Mandeville Gallery, New York; Gallery GVCC, Casablanca; Museo Amparo, México; 21st Biennial Contemporary Art Sesc Videobrasil.

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OCAD University’s Faculty of Design is pleased to announce the hiring of five new tenure-track faculty members who self-identify as Black peoples of African Descent (including Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, North America and Latin America), as a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Joining the University’s Faculty of Design, as of August 1,2020 are Angela Bains, Kestin Cornwall, Kathy Moscou, Michael Lee Poy and Marton Robinson.

The hiring of these five new faculty members is part of OCAD U’s dedication to the implementation of its Academic Plan that articulates a commitment to decolonization, diversity, and equity.
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OCAD University’s Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design, was awarded the “2020 Community Influencer Award” at the 5th annual Black Diamond Ball on February 29, 2020.

A design leader, professional design anthropologist, advocate and educator, Dr. Tunstall joined OCAD University in 2016, as Dean of Design. She plays a vital role in steering aspects of the academic and administrative agendas within the Faculty of Design, as well as related research, outreach, fundraising and operational activities.

The Black Diamond Ball event was billed as “the most exclusive event for Black History Month.” Produced by ArtXperiential Projects, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to support emerging and established artists across various media, the event is a fundraiser for youth initiatives.

This year, the event supported OCAD U’s Black Youth Design Initiative through the 100 x 100 Black Sparks Movement, which brings awareness and support to Black youth in design and the arts.

The Black Sparks fundraising campaign seeks to recruit 100 Black leaders who will commit to contributing $100 CAD a month in support of OCAD University’s Black students, faculty, staff and community partners. It’s a part of the transformational fundraising effort known as Ignite Imagination: The Campaign for OCAD University.

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OCAD University’s Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design, was awarded the “2020 Community Influencer Award” at the 5th annual Black Diamond Ball on February 29, 2020. A design leader, professional design anthropologist, advocate and educator, Dr. Tunstall joined OCAD University in 2016, as Dean of Design. She plays a vital role in steering aspects of the academic and administrative agendas within the Faculty of Design, as well as related research, outreach, fundraising and operational activities.
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ETFO Durham (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario) would like to celebrate their diversity at their 2nd Annual Dinner and Dance to recognize the day for the elimnation of racial discrimination. Guest Speaker is OCAD U's Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, Dean of Design.

 

 

 

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