The Solid Black Collective design team is comprised of Dr. Kathy Moscou, Angela Bains, Kestin Cornwall, and Michael Lee Poy. We are four OCAD University Black assistant professors dedicated to outreach in Black communities and mentorship of Black students and youth. Our respective lived experiences and research is deeply committed to advancing decolonization and supporting Black and Indigenous knowledge, cultures in practice, teaching, and learning.
We are motivated by the opportunity to research, design, and develop initiatives for Black communities. Our communities have historically been underserved victimized and misrepresented which results in negative miscommunication of crucial information that ultimately leads to mistrust, disenfranchisement, and barriers to health and social equity and justice.
We are inspired to share our collective design expertise and collaborate with the Black community using Black visual language (communication) tools, resources, message/text, iconography, and symbolism in design, art, music, architecture, and technology that will yield the confidence required to keep all our communities thrive. We are ultimately motivated by the absence of campaigns and initiatives that speak to our lived experiences.
Kathy Moscou’s background is eclectic and unique, merging visual arts and health.
Her lived experience, born as an African-American, informs her art, focuses on Black cultural aesthetics, contemporary design for social justice, commitment to the Black community.
Angela Bains is the Graduate Program Director of Strategic Foresight & Innovation and an Assistant Professor in the Advertising program at OCAD University. In her professional practice, she is the Co-Founder and Strategic Director of TransformExp.com an award-winning creative agency.
Kestin Cornwall grew up in the Windsor, Ontario area. His father is Grenadian and his mother is American. He spent much of his youth in Detroit Michigan with family. In 2001, he moved to Oakville, Ontario to begin his training at Sheridan College.
Michael Lee Poy is an Afro-Caribbean artist-activist and architect in Trinidad and Tobago. His practice and interests are centered on post-colonial Caribbean design and fabrication in the festival arts – especially Carnival.