Our long-time friends at Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF) are looking for new students for next fall! This Toronto District School Board alternative school design program has students earn high school credits by creating their own brand and running a skateboard business / professional design studio. This school aligns with the Gladstone’s values and appreciation of the ways art can impact and make change in peoples lives. We can’t speak enough about all the incredible work they do. OSF is now offering even more programs that provide meaningful experiences to youth who may not be suited to a traditional learning environment; SK8 Entrepreneurship Opportunities & New Courses including SK8 & Art Co-ops, Native SK8 Studies, Physical Arts & Mindful Living. Applications are now available for September Registration and we suggest you get booking!
Below are some shots of their most recent Exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel’s annual 4-day alternative design exhibition. The project, ‘Rat’s Nest Skatepark’ transported visitors to a post-apocalyptic skateboard park that has been taken over by gangs of skateboarding rats. Where some schools have tigers or eagles as mascots, OSF felt more kinship with rats- social outcasts who are clever and resourceful. OSF created a space that while grimy and unappealing to some, serves as a sanctuary to every teen “skate rat”. Using a mix of street art and skateboard culture contrasted with art gallery conventions, students told a story that conveyed years of decay and infestation of an abandoned skate park turned gallery.
Follow their social media channels to see what’s new at OSF and learn more about registration here!