Poster design by Whak & Mo.

The OCAD U Blxck Student Association has chosen the theme, The New Vanguard, to showcase new developments in the Black creative community. OCAD U has a legacy of Black student-run initiatives that have impacted the Black creative community, and this year is no exception.

With the goal of creating and maintaining the progressive Blxck/Afro-Canadian art and design spaces in our communities, this year’s program includes a wide array of events: artist spotlights, musical programs, wellness sessions, film screenings and discussions.

Student organized events include the panel discussion, The Role of Black Joy in Imagining Black Futures with Black creatives Theo Gibson, Sharine Taylor, Isabel Okoro, Kern Carter, and Rob Elsworthy on February 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on OCAD U Live.

All events are listed on the Black OCAD U website, a site dedicated to creatively teach, promote, and engage Black communities within and outside of OCAD University.