CURRICULUM VITAE (June 30, 2013)

School / SK8 & Street Art Design Services
(Toronto District School Board)

Scadding Court Community Centre
Room 3, 707 Dundas St. West
Toronto M5T 2W6

Classroom: (416) 393-0845

craig.morrison@tdsb.on.ca; lauren.hortie@tdsb.on.ca


Program Description:

OASIS SKATEBOARD FACTORY School / SK8 & Street Art Design Services

Just ask students at the worldʼs first skateboard design school site where it starts and theyʼll tell you it begins with the board. How do skateboards and schools mix? At Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF), a publicly funded alternative school site in the TDSB, skateboards are a way to experience success and earn high school credits. OSF teachers and community partners reengage students who had not previously experienced school success. These young boarders apply to enter the program so they can learn to design and build decks, create a brand that reflects their personal vision and to spray graphics with impact. They explore a range of curricular areas through high profile, public arts and entrepreneurship projects run in collaboration with professional mentors, earning a range of credits including English/Media, Business/Marketing, Arts/Design and Leadership. With the focus and courage it takes for individual skaters to master a trick, OSF students also become part of a hard-working team, building a successful business while succeeding in school and developing transferable creative and entrepreneurial skills. They experience a feeling of success when they push their branded boards onto the street!

An internationally recognized model of student engagement that inspires other youth organizations and a unique TDSB educational program that doesnʼt exist anywhere else in the world, the OSF recently achieved a 100% course completion rate for previously non-attending, non- achieving, hard to engage youth! OSF is an award-winning innovative school / social enterprise whose mandate is to reengage "at-risk" youth both in school and in the community.

Awards and Recognition:

Ken Spencer Award Winner for Innovation in Teaching and Learning Canadian Education Assoc. (2011-12)

Art Educator of the Year: Craig Morrison, Founding Teacher                  Ontario Art Education Association (2012)

 TedX Talks Presenter: Lauren Hortie, OSF Program Teacher
Queens University (2012)

 #1 On the Toronto Star’s  “Coolest Schools”                                                (March 17, 2011)

 Hottest on the Now Magazine “Barometer”                                                    Design Issue (Feb. 2012)

Selected Exhibitions:

National Youth Arts Week - Artists in Residence & Gallery Installation
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON, May 2013

Board N' School - Art Skateboard Exhibit
Gladstone Hotel Art Bar, Toronto ON April 2013

Pop-Up Shop/ Upcycling Display - Toronto Design Offsite Festival
The Baitshop, Toronto ON  Jan 2013

Featured Brand and Pop Up Shop Display
LongBoard Loft, Manhattan NYC, June 2012

"Tomorrow Should Be Ours", Public art (street posters/large vinyl banner in Yorkville) Collaboration with UK artist Mark Titchner/AGO, Fall 2012 to present

The Alternative Tentacle- Window displays and board installations
XPace Cultural Centre, Ongoing (2009-present)

Longboard Product Launches in Kensington Market
Longboard Living, Toronto ON, Ongoing (September 2010-present)

Dorothy H. Hoover Library- Featured Artists
OCADU, Toronto ON June 2011

Dangerous Grinds Pop-Up Shops & Product Launches (*ongoing projects with independent coffee shops)
Manic Coffee, Toronto On, 2009, 2010
Sam James Coffee Bar, 2011, 2012

Year End Art Shows at Roarockit Skateboard Company

Partnerships/Community Projects:

OSF customized TORD Roller Derby Helmets auctioned to support local female athletes
Championship Game, June 2013

"Free after 3 Skateboard Design Workshops" at the Art Gallery of Ontario
OSF Student run workshops for Toronto teens every Wednesday

OSF x Bamboo Skateboards (California)
Student sustainability themed graphic design contest / art show

Bannockburn Montessori School
Student leaders run mural workshops for elementary school students
Spring 2012, 2013

Concrete Wave Magazine
Student writing featured bi-annually in this international skateboarding magazine
Ongoing (2009 - present)

"slo_skate zine" (featured in the OCADU sine library)
Students publish, distribute and sell a bi-annual zine focussing on skateboarding, art & social justice/sustainability
Ongoing (2009 - present)

Change the World Grant with City View Alternative Elementary
"Heels on Wheels - Girl Empowerment through Skateboarding"
Dec 2011

Clay and Paper Theatre-Night of Dread Community Event
Commissioned "Hell on Wheels" themed large scale puppets

OSF & Student Branded Products (T-shirts, stickers, buttons, griptape stencil art, custom boards)
Sold in various shops (Cardinal Skateshop, The Baitshop, Longboard Living)

Conference Presentations:

OSF Teachers/Students have presented at numerous conferences (Ontario Arts Educators Association annual conference, TDSB Professional Development Days, New Business Movement youth conference, Hart House UofT, Public Alternative Schools Conference at Ryerson)

Selected Media:
*For a complete list vist http://oasisskateboardfactory.blogspot.com