OCAD U report points to systemic barriers to creative entrepreneurship

November 23, 2020

“The impact of COVID-19 has been particularly hard on creative entrepreneurs, especially women, Indigenous, racialized and other diverse entrepreneurs,” write Alia Weston, Alexandra Hong, Karli Ferriolo, and Jacquie Shaw, researchers from OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD). In a new report, the authors shed light on the current realities of creative professionals at OCAD U and in the surrounding community, with particular emphasis on the experiences of women and individuals of marginalized genders. The report points to creative entrepreneurs in these communities facing systemic barriers, such as a lack of support structures and inadequate government policies. “What we’re showing are longstanding structural challenges related to gender discrimination and intersectional barriers faced by creatives in the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Weston. OCAD U (ON)