OCAD U $1,500 Big Ideas Fund!

Deadline to apply: March 25, 2015

The $1,500 Big Ideas Fund invites OCAD U’s community of creative thinkers, artists & designers to identify social justice and equity issues that impact our community and to take action through innovative project ideas.

It’s easy to apply. THREE grants of $1,500 each available to win! Open to all OCAD U students. Deadline: March 25, 2015

What kind of ideas are eligible?

All project ideas are welcome! Organize an event, create an installation or public art piece, write and produce a zine or publication, curate an exhibition, create an awareness campaign or data visualization, execute a design solution.. any idea that has an empowering, positive and unifying impact on campus is welcome!

What do winners get?

  • $1,500 Cash up-front
  • Faculty and Staff mentorship to complete their project
  • Be featured in an ODESI Publication highlighting equity thought-leaders on campus

Where can students find more information about applying?

Visit www.ocadu.ca/bigideasfund for more for more information and to download the application form.  And follow ODESI on Facebook and Twitter

How will winners be selected?

ODESI’s Student Advisory Committee leads the OCAD U $1,500 Big Ideas Fund and selects winners.  Short-listed applicants will be invited for a quick, informal meeting with the selection committee on March 27, 2015. Winners will be announced March 30, 2015.

What kind of projects did the winners from last year do?

Pop-Up Galleries, Stephanie Hier
Stephanie Hier (Drawing & Painting) curated a series of pop-up galleries, along with launching an arts collective to raise questions about access to space for emerging artists for exhibiting work, and to foster opportunities for engaging and showcasing work by students who typically may be under-represented in traditional gallery spaces. Faculty Mentor: Sarah Nind

Way-Finding Signage, Justin In & Carl Jo
Justin In and Carl Jo (both in Environmental Design) researched, designed and installed temporary pieces of way-finding signage at 100 MCaul Street. Their project responded to an access barrier they felt needed to be addressed and reflected a student perspective on way-finding signage on campus. Faculty Mentor: Chris Moorehead

Interactive Video-Portals, Katie Switzer & Sayyad Glassford
Katie Switzer (Sculpture & Installation) and Sayyad Glassford (Industrial Design) collaborated to build interactive gaming/video relay portals that were situated in several common areas across 100 McCaul Street. Their project addressed what they have experienced as a lack of opportunity to interact with peers who are outside their own programs. Their project also explored how a gaming/communication device can be designed inclusively with accessibility criteria in mind. Faculty Mentor: Doug Back

Read more about last year’s projects here.

Apply now! www.ocadu.ca/bigideasfund