Conference 2017


Social Artistry: Art for Change

Social Artistry: Art for Change

Educators are consistently called upon to engage students in critical discussion as they respond to the world around them. Our students need to make sense of the political, social, and environmental issues that bombard them on a daily basis. We live in a world of constant change, and as educators we are called upon to affect change!

As Artists/Researchers/Teachers (ART), our job is to respond to our students’ needs and visions with culturally relevant pedagogy, trans-disciplinary units, authentic, community based projects, and technology applications. Engaging and accommodating our students through differentiated instruction often requires inspired, innovative ideas.

The idea of Social Artistry stretches beyond this conference. It’s on the streets, in our communities, in some of our schools, in coffee houses, and at urban or rural festivals. With this in mind, we’ve invited Professor Olivia Gude, one of the foremost art educators who has in recent years united her work as a community artist and art educator by creating participatory spaces in which teachers investigate and re-invent the social practice of art education.

We are honoured to offer a wide range of expert speakers. Our Keynote Speaker, Prof. Olivia Gude, who is not new to Toronto, will share her passion for art education with the audience at our awards ceremony on Friday, April 21st at the OISE/UT library. Prof. Gude will also be one of the workshop presenters on Saturday, April 22nd at The Woodlands School.

Professor Gude works with art teachers to foster the collaborative creation of new curriculum and assessment models in urban and suburban school districts. She has created many award-winning collaborative mural and mosaic projects.

Over 40 workshop proposals were submitted to our conference committee. As a result we have had the luxury of selecting a wide range of hands-on, creative and inspiring workshops geared for teachers from Primary through to Post-Secondary grade levels.

Start your conference day off with an early morning yoga and mindfulness class that will end in art reflection. Celebrate Earth Day 2017 with us as we gather resources, develop our skills, and empower our practice. We look forward to seeing you at #SocialArtisty:Art4Change

Trade Fair & Silent Auction


Companies that have confirmed include:
  • Hot Docs
  • Curry’s Art Supplies
  • McMichael Gallery
  • Aboveground Art Supplies
  • Oakville Galleries
  • Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
  • B&B Education
  • Max the Mutt Animation School
  • Visual Arts Mississauga
  • Spectrum Art Supplies
  • Living Arts Centre-School Programmes
  • The Beguiling Bookstore
  • Aga Kahn Museum
For more information about the Trade Fair, or to book a table and participate as a vendor, please contact Cyrel Troster at before March 25, 2017.

Our annual Silent Auction is a fun and exciting way to contribute to the ongoing work of OAEA, and generally includes amazing art supplies, original artworks, vouchers, and gifts.

Conference Committee

Conference Co-Chairs: Beryl Cohen and Bob Phillips
Website: Michele Kleinschuck
Social Media/Marketing: Amber Passalidis
Awards, Trade Fair and Silent Auction: Cyrel Troster
Treasurer and Catering: Tony Caputo