Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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From LA to The Bay Symposium

Please contact Alexandra Pollyea (310) 665 6857 for inquiries.

OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN PRESENTS FROM LA TO THE BAY: COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS AND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO URBAN VIOLENCE IN CALIFORNIA

WHAT:
Otis College of Art and Design’s Department of Integrated Learning presents the inaugural symposium From LA to the Bay: Community Collaborations and Creative


Solutions to Urban Violence in California. This free event features key leaders in education, community partnerships and outreach, and policymaking, who will focus on dynamic strategies, successes, and next steps in developing effective solutions to urban violence. Otis’ involvement in this area grows out of its Homeboys History and Culture Project, where Eastside meets Westside in a dialogue between trained artists and self-taught artists about social identity, politics, and culture. Located in Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention organization of its kind in the U.S. From LA to the Bay is made possible in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Custom Hotel.


Reunion and Discussion:
Otis students and Homeboys and Homegirls who have participated in the Homeboys History and Culture Project over the last three years gather to reflect upon their experiences.
 

Presentations:
Ysamur Flores-Pena, MA, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Otis College of Art and Design. Scholar and author Professor Flores-Pena created the groundbreaking Homeboys History and Culture Project three years ago for the Department of Integrated Learning. In this class, Otis art and design students integrate their artistic skills with a capacity to be sensitive to culture, identities, and communities different from their own. Each semester, students develop a unique project based on a theme. With the feedback of the former gang member Homeboys and Homegirls who attend the class, Otis students conduct research, do field studies, and ultimately develop a project proposal that is presented to the Otis and Homeboy Industries communities.

Hector Verdugo, Associate Executive Director, Homeboy Industries
Mr. Verdugo took a new direction with his life when he became involved with Homeboy Industries five years ago. In his work with the organization, he now puts his talents and energies into being part of the solution.

Fabian Debora, Counselor, Homeboy Industries
Mr. Debora is an artist and counselor who has lived the gang life and now mentors young people, and former gang members and their families at Homeboys Industries. Mr. Debora works on his own art projects and is also a member of the Streetscapers of Boyle Heights.

Theresa Gartland, MA, Curriculum and Program Director, Urban Compass, South Los Angeles
Urban Compass operates after school and summer programs at Verbum Dei High School to serve students from 112th Street Elementary School and Sage Child Care Center. These activities give young people at a key developmental age the opportunity to enjoy safe, welcoming, and innovative surroundings, and to navigate a course towards a promising future.

Luis Aroche, Manager of Violence Prevention Programs at Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, San Francisco/San Mateo
For over a decade, Mr. Aroche has been at the center of violence prevention in San Francisco and San Mateo counties with his innovative intervention and mediation approaches in the world of street level conflicts.

Diana Oliva-Aroche, MPH, Planning & Policy Manager, Violence Prevention, City and County of San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF)
The DCYF annually funds a wide range of violence and intervention programs for young people. Ms. Oliva-Aroche will discuss best practices in addressing the needs of at-risk youth and reducing violence in the community.

Moderator:
Keu Reyes, Creator and Producer of Latino 101
Mr. Reyes is a performer, writer, producer, and director. He is the creator and producer of Latino 101, http://www.sitv.com/latino101, an interview series with comedians and entertainers in its second season on SiTV.\

WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2011, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Otis College of Art and Design, Otis Lighting Studio (Galef Center for Fine Arts), 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Free admission and parking; registration recommended: http://www.urbancreativesolutions.com/. Complimentary breakfast will be served. Lunch available for purchase onsite from a variety of specialty food trucks.

For further information contact:
Richard Shelton, Director of Integrated Learning rshelton@otis.edu; 310 846-2566. Learn more about the Homeboys History and Culture Project.

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.
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