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OCAD University's GradEx launches on May 11, and is the best place to find emerging designers, artists, creators, thinkers, innovators and creative problem-solvers. Toronto’s largest free art and design exhibition is back, featuring student work both in-person and online. The RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is inviting important industry professionals like you to attend an invitation-only virtual Insiders Welcome & Orientation to GradEx 107 where you will hear recent grads talk about their work, as well as receive our support as you build your creative workforce or look to collaborate with skilled talent.

Conveniently held over a lunch hour, this virtual welcome will celebrate a diverse range of practices and explore the multi-faceted nature of OCAD U creativity and transferrable skills. Hosted by the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, this online event will serve as an orientation to GradEx’s many components and is ideal for employers, curators, talent spotters, collectors and supporting organizations. Join us as we open the largest and most impressive student exhibition of the year!

We invite you to join us:

Tuesday, May 10th
12:00 p.m. EDT

RSVP Now!

 

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OCAD U’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers invites you on May 10th to celebrate and scout out new creative talent at GradEx 107!

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We are excited to announce an upcoming info-session regarding NBA Creators presented by Microsoft, November 23rd , 6-7PM. The session will feature Will Selviz, NBA Creator and OCAD graduate as well as Jordan Nelson, Associate Manager at the NBA. This will provide students an opportunity to learn more about the program and ask any questions students may have.

Info Session event link: https://bit.ly/30B662E

Website Submission Link: https://www.nbacreators.ca/


The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Microsoft Canada have announced the return of NBA Creators presented by Microsoft, a design-focused program that leverages the NBA and Microsoft Canada's platforms to elevate and increase exposure of diverse Canadian artists and their work. Illustrators and graphic designers in Canada who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, Hispanic or Latinx can apply to the program by visiting NBA.com/Creators.


A selection committee comprised of individuals representing the NBA, Microsoft Canada, OCAD University and The Canadian Black Standard will select five winning applicants. Artists in the program will be commissioned to develop creative for the NBA's social media channels and will receive Microsoft devices and accessories featuring premium materials and touch displays that they can use to create and design on throughout the NBA's 75 th Anniversary Season in 2021-22. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 29, and the winning applicants will be contacted by Dec. 17.
 
The inaugural NBA Creators presented by Microsoft program featured five illustrators, graphic designers and multi-disciplinary artists based in Canada: Meech Boakye , Cornelia Li , Rafael Mayani , Corbin Portillo and Will Selviz . Last season, they designed graphics on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 and Surface Studio with the Surface Pen that were featured in league promotional assets during the 2021 NBA Playoffs and Finals.

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We are excited to announce an upcoming info-session regarding NBA Creators presented by Microsoft, November 23rd , 6-7PM. The session will feature Will Selviz, NBA Creator and OCAD graduate as well as Jordan Nelson, Associate Manager at the NBA. This will provide students an opportunity to learn more about the program and ask any questions students may have.

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Thinking about the next steps in your career? Find out about Queen’s Artists in Community Education Program! Our 16 month program provides you with OCT certification so you are ready to jump in to your career – whether that is in a traditional school classroom or inside an arts organization.

Artist in Community Education (ACE) is designed for practicing artists in visual art, music, drama, dance, film, creative writing, mixed media, and all other art forms. It qualifies graduates for Ontario College of Teachers certification.
 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

ACE graduates pursue a wide range of career paths. Some teach in traditional classrooms or community colleges, while others work in outreach for arts organizations, museums and galleries, or assist with municipality engagement, television programming, or coaching while continuing a professional arts practice. The ACE program provides a solid foundation for careers both inside and outside of traditional education settings.
 

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM?

If you are a practicing artist in visual art, music, drama, and creative writing, join us for an information session.

Monday, November 8, 2021
12:00 noon – 1:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://queensu.zoom.us/j/93628190056?pwd=R2UwekpJSzQvSEJnK0Z6eHZHSWFvdz09
Meeting ID: 936 2819 0056
Passcode: 435109

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Thinking about the next steps in your career? Find out about Queen University’s Artists in Community Education Program! Our 16 month program provides you with OCT certification so you are ready to jump in to your career – whether that is in a traditional school classroom or inside an arts organization.

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Yonge-Dundas Square and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Black History Month Digital Exhibition Curator Career Launcher providing a curatorial exhibition opportunity for one (1) curatorial proposal from a current student or recent OCAD U grad. Curators are invited to program a selection of artists and artworks across five (5) digital screens for the duration of Black History Month: two horizontal (960 x 480 pixels) and three vertical (448 x 608 pixels) on the Square, from February 1 to 28, 2022. 

This opportunity is for curators who self-identify as Black. The successful applicant will receive a curatorial fee ($1500) provided by the CEAD. Artists shown will be paid in accordance with CARFAC schedules by the CEAD.

Applicants can virtually tour the square here
Location of 5 screens in Square can be viewed here. 


DEADLINE: Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 11:59pm (midnight)

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Based on the curator’s proposal, work closely with Yonge and Dundas Square, the CEAD and artists to ensure the exhibition is appropriate for the Square’s digital screens 

RATE

  • $1,500 curatorial fee
  • Artists shown will be paid in accordance with CARFAC schedules by the CEAD.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and current creative CVs of curator and proposed artists
  • Website and/or Social Media handle of curator and proposed artists
  • A brief statement/bio that contextualizes your overall curatorial practice (150 words max)
  • A curatorial proposal that communicates your interest in this specific opportunity (400 words max)
  • 5 - 10 sample support images or video links of artists’ artwork in a single PDF (The sample of work must be formatted into versions considering both dimensions: 448 x 608 pixels, and 960 x 480 pixels)
  • A corresponding list for the support images including: artist name, title, year, medium, size duration (for time-based work). 
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Career Launcher opportunity

APPLICATION SUPPORT

The OCAD U RBC CEAD is committed to promoting substantive equality for equity-seeking groups that are under-represented in the creative sector. We encourage applications from first-time applicants to the program and graduates of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities / expressions. Applicants are welcome to advise the CEAD of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. 

Applicants who need assistance with their submissions are invited to connect with the RBC CEAD for Advising supportClick here to learn more about how to book an advising appointment.


QUALIFICATIONS

Curator

  • Current OCAD U students (graduating in 2022-23) and recent grads (who graduated in 2020 or 2021).

Artists Proposed / Proposal

  • Proposal must be a group show exhibiting three (3) artists to five (5) artists. Proposals for multi-channel presentation are highly encouraged.
  • Artists proposed must be OCAD U students or recent grads who graduated in 2020 or 2021). The applying curator cannot be an exhibiting artist
  • Selected artists must have a screen-based practice including but not limited to static, moving images, and multi-channel
  • Artists must be confirmed by curator prior to submission
  • Proposal must comply with YDS Display Policy available here
  • Proposal must comply with City of Toronto’s Municipal Code Chapter 694 - 18, E, (4) and (5) regulations available here

Visit the Career Launcher website for full opportunity details





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Yonge-Dundas Square and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Black History Month Digital Exhibition Curator Career Launcher providing a curatorial exhibition opportunity for one (1) curatorial proposal from a current student or recent OCAD U grad. 

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Virtual Info Session

Nov. 3, 2021
11AM - 12PM EDT
RSVP: bit.ly/2021seedfundeoiinfosession

Attend this info session to learn more about the Seed Fund for Creative Entrepreneurs and how to submit an Expression of Interest.
 

About the Seed Fund for Creative Entrepreneurs

The Seed Fund for Creative Entrepreneurs is an exclusive opportunity for OCAD U students and recent alumni to receive funding to help launch a creative business.

The Seed Fund supports creative businesses in all the possible forms it can take. Recipients will be awarded up to $4,000 to help launch their business. In addition, a company tackling a social problem will be awarded the Ample Labs Prize of $1,000.

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Attend our Info Session on Nov. 3, 2021 from 11 AM - 12 PM EDT to learn more about the Seed Fund for Creative Entrepreneurs. 

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Coffee Chats is a series of virtual casual gatherings with the CEAD team with industry guests. Hosted virtually in small intimate groups, these gatherings will 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 an online community.

Rea McNamara is a writer, curator, and public programmer based in Toronto. Informed by a long-standing engagement with media fandom’s collaborative processes, her research focuses on the emergence of otherness and hybridity within digital identity formations.

McNamara has curated and programmed on/offline public projects for The Gardiner Museum, The Drake Hotel, and The Wrong Digital Art Biennale. In 2011, she founded the art party series Sheroes, widely recognized for its innovative presentation of internet-based art. Her work has been presented at The Art Gallery of Ontario and is in the Whitney Museum of American Art collection.

Additionally, McNamara has written on art, culture, and the internet for frieze, Art in America, Canadian Art, The Globe and Mail, Art F City, and more. From 2020-2021, she was the Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellow for Curators with Hyperallergic.

Rea is open to talking about: 
On/offline curation and community organizing, digital feminisms, open source ethics, balancing interdisciplinary creative and professional practices, critical engagement with pandemic networked publics, navigating and capacity building inclusion and cultural equity initiatives within institutional and cultural non-profit environments, virtual boundary setting.

Interested in joining our next Coffee Chat? RSVP here.
Ten Thousand Coffees is an online mentoring and networking platform that’s used by emerging talent and professionals around the globe.  

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OCAD University's GradEx launches on May 3rd, and is the best place to find emerging designers, artists, creators, thinkers, innovators and creative problem-solvers. We invite professionals to attend one of three invitation-only virtual tours where you will see recent grads talk about their work, as well as receive our support as you build your creative workforce or look to collaborate with skilled talent.

Conveniently held over a lunch-hour in May, virtual tours will celebrate a diverse range of practices and explore the multi-faceted nature of OCAD U creativity and transferrable skills. Hosted by the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, tours are ideal for employers, curators, talent spotters, collectors and supporting organizations. Join us for the largest and most impressive student exhibition of the year. 

 

Scouting out new creative talent? We invite you to join us for one of the following sessions: 

  • Thursday May 13 
    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm ET 
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  • Wednesday May 19 
    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm ET 
    RSVP Now!
     
  • Thursday May 27
    12:30 pm to 1:30 pm ET
    RSVP Now!

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OCAD U’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers invites you to celebrate and scout out new creative talent at GradEx 106!

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OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

OCAD University’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce a recruited placement in partnership with DesignTO for the role of Programs Assistant.

Working with and reporting to the Artistic Director, the Programs Assistant supports the planning, administration, and execution of DesignTO Festival programming, including exhibitions, events, outreach, and special initiatives.

With a keen interest in art, design, public programming and community engagement, this role requires effective ideation, communication, collaboration, and execution. Valuable attributes include strong communication and collaboration skills, attention to detail, self-motivation, and a willingness to learn. This is a part-time position, requiring an average of 12 hours of work per week, and increased hours during Festival Week in January 2022.

DesignTO Festival is Canada’s leading (and largest) annual design festival that celebrates design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making. Since 2011, DesignTO has been bringing communities together to celebrate design, by taking art and design out of the studio and into the urban realm.

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April 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with the Artistic Director and programming team to achieve Festival goals and long-term vision;
  • Contribute to overall programming efforts by assisting with developing, organizing, and executing initiatives and projects, including research, outreach, calls for submissions, artwork installation;

  • Share your ideas and participate in bi-weekly team meetings; 

  • Maintain good communication internally and externally with the art and design community, partners, and stakeholders as appropriate to each project;

  • Contribute to Festival website by assisting with content collection and event listings for Festival events;

  • Be responsible for the progress and outcomes of initiatives and projects you contribute to;

  • Support Festival events and projects by being an on-site point-of-contact.

RATE

$17/hour
 

TERM

Part-time (12 hours per week) from May 2021 to February 2022 (10 months)
 

LOCATION 

Remote work in Eastern Standard Time, with in-person meetings when pandemic conditions allow
 

APPLICATION SUPPORT

The OCAD U RBC CEAD and DesignTO are committed to promoting substantive equality for equity-seeking groups that are under-represented in the creative sector. We encourage applications from first-time applicants to the program and graduates of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities / expressions.

Applicants who need assistance with their submissions are invited to connect with the RBC CEAD for Advising support from Zviko Mhakayakora at zmhakayakora@ocadu.ca


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current OCAD U students in any discipline at the 3rd or final year at the Undergraduate level and any year at the Master's level

  • Strong communications skills 

  • Detail oriented, highly organized and strong time-management skills 

  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills and a strong ability to clearly articulate point of view

  • A team player with a “can-do” attitude—i.e., able to collaborate with all levels of internal and external partners

  • Ability to work effectively and independently on multiple tasks within a deadline oriented, fast-paced environment

  • Strong conceptual skills

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Current resume including full contact information (name, phone and email)

  • Cover letter outlining your interest in the opportunity and highlighting your relevant experience

  • Creative portfolio (PDF or website). 

Visit the Career Launcher website for full details 

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Michael Madjus has over 10 years of experience in design, marketing, and social media. With a degree in Industrial Design (OCAD University), and having worked with George Brown College, IMM Living, the Children’s Own Museum, and the CN Tower, he helps businesses increase their presence online and IRL in creative ways.

Currently, Michael is working to help advance design culture in Canada as Head of Marketing for DesignTO, Canada's largest cultural celebration of design. Through the Festival, Michael and the DesignTO team turn the City of Toronto into a hub for creativity, making a platform for over 600 artists and designers every January.

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On campus Winter 2020: Fridays 10am – 5pm (starting January 31, 2020)

 

ABOUT THE CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

The OCAD U Creative Professionals-In-Residence program is a mentorship initiative created to support the career success of current OCAD U students and recent alumni. The program sees invited professional guests, from a variety of art and design-related disciplines, present on a regularly scheduled basis over the course of the academic semester, in the new Rosalie Sharp Pavilion for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul Street.

We invite students to set up a casual chat or studio visit with our residents to talk about their projects, goals and questions. Visiting creative professionals are alumni and collaborators of OCAD University, invited to provide mentorship to current OCAD U students and recent alumni. This winter’s residents are Liz Ikiriko and Michael Madjus

 

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Current students and grads can use the OCAD U Talent Network to book appointments with our Creative Professionals-in-Residence. To book an appointment, please follow these four steps:

  • Log in at www.ocadu.ca/talentnetwork
  • Complete your personal and academic profile - you will not be able to book an appointment otherwise
  • Under the "Events & Advising" tab select "Workshops & Advising" and RSVP for a date/timeslot with your resident of choice that fits your schedule. The timeslot you select will no longer be available to others once you choose it.
  • Come to 115 McCaul St, 3rd Floor at the time of your appointment
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Liz Ikiriko is an artist, independent curator and photo editor. Her knowledge as a prairie-born researcher, writer, photographer, teacher and mother inform her practice which is focused on contemporary and historic African and diasporic narratives. She is devoted to the creation of experiential, embodied experiences that utilize accessible platforms to share moments of vulnerability and care for all of us on the margins. Her independent curatorial projects include: The Break, The Wake, The Hold, The Breath (Circuit Gallery at Prefix ICA, 2019), An Archive, But Not An Atlas (Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2019), and upcoming ___a lineage of transgression___(Artspace Peterborough, 2020). Her writing has been published in Public Journal, MICE Magazine, Akimbo and The Ethnic Aisle. She holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University (2019).

www.lizikiriko.com

On campus Winter 2020: Wednesdays 10am – 5pm (starting January 22, 2020)

 

ABOUT THE CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

The OCAD U Creative Professionals-In-Residence program is a mentorship initiative created to support the career success of current OCAD U students and recent alumni. The program sees invited professional guests, from a variety of art and design-related disciplines, present on a regularly scheduled basis over the course of the academic semester, in the new Rosalie Sharp Pavilion for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul Street.

We invite students to set up a casual chat or studio visit with our residents to talk about their projects, goals and questions. Visiting creative professionals are alumni and collaborators of OCAD University, invited to provide mentorship to current OCAD U students and recent alumni. This winter’s residents are Liz Ikiriko and Michael Madjus

 

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Current students and grads can use the OCAD U Talent Network to book appointments with our Creative Professionals-in-Residence. To book an appointment, please follow these four steps:

  • Log in at www.ocadu.ca/talentnetwork
  • Complete your personal and academic profile - you will not be able to book an appointment otherwise
  • Under the "Events & Advising" tab select "Workshops & Advising" and RSVP for a date/timeslot with your resident of choice that fits your schedule. The timeslot you select will no longer be available to others once you choose it.
  • Come to 115 McCaul St, 3rd Floor at the time of your appointment
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