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

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
AGM, RECEPTION, AWARDS, and KEYNOTE ADDRESS — 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at the Library, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
5:30 p.m. — Early Registration Check-in begins
6:00 p.m. — Ontario Art Education Association (OAEA) Annual General Meeting
6:45 p.m. — OAEA Awards Presentation
7:30 p.m. — Keynote Presentation: Prof. Olivia Gude

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

The Woodlands School
WORKSHOPS, TRADE FAIR, and NETWORKING — 7:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION — 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Earth Day Yoga — 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Workshop A — 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Workshop C — 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
BREAK – 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Workshop B — 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Trade Fair — 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lunch, Trade Fair, Silent Auction, and OAEA Networking — 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Workshop D — 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Workshop F — 1:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
BREAK – 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WORKSHOP E — 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE to go to the conference registration page!

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You will make your workshop choices during Registration Check Out.

Out of Towners: Click here for information on the Conference Hotel Accommodations

Trade Fair & Silent Auction

This year’s Trade Fair will operate on site from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at The Woodlands School. Check out the great resources from a varied selection of art suppliers, art non-profit organizations, schools, galleries and more. Browse through new materials, buy samples of the latest art supplies and books, and obtain information about learning programs available to teachers and students.

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


If you are coming from out of town, we suggest carpooling. We have created a ride share list for Saturday morning with drivers and those who want a lift. Please email, with either “OAEA Conference Carpool Driver” or “OAEA Conference Carpool Rider” as the Subject. Provide your name, the area you are coming from, if you want a ride or can give a ride, and your email address. We will send you access information for our secure webpage of all of those people who are interested in carpooling. It will be up to you to connect with each other.

Further Conference Details

  • In recognition of Earth Day, please bring your own water bottle and coffee cup.
  • Many of our vendors will accept cash, credit or debit.
  • OAEA also has a silent auction. We prefer cash or a cheque for items that you bid on. If you would like to donate an art piece or materials for our auction we will provide you with a donation receipt. Please contact Cyrel Troster at

Conference Funding Opportunities

OAEA has provided a number of funding links. We can’t possibly list all areas of the province. We suggest you do a web search as we did for FUNDING for Professional Development ETFO and OSSTF or Funding for Professional Development Public (Catholic/Private) Schools in Ontario. If you can provide a link that is not in our link, let us know and we will be happy to add it for others in your area.