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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
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    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • 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. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

  • 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).

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Senator Ben Allen Visits Otis to Discuss the Creative Economy

Jul 16, 2015
Spotlight Category: College
California State Senator Ben Allen met with President Bruce W. Ferguson to discuss the Otis Report on the Creative Economy and its future role in the economic development of the state. During his visit he joined the excitement about Otis’ campus expansion project, setting his hands in the foundation for the new residence hall and academic wing.
 
Senator Allen and President Ferguson were joined by Lauren Pizer-Mains, consultant for Allen; Dr. Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, economist at LAEDC Kyser Center for Economic Research and principal contributor to the Creative Economy Report; Matthew Tecle, Institutional Advancement specialist at Otis; and John Axtell, Otis Director of Communications at Otis.
 
Senate Ben Allen at Otis construction site. Allen represents the 26th Senate District from Santa Monica to Palos Verdes and serves as the Chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts in Sacramento. The Committee serves as a forum for all issues regarding the arts, from economic incentive programs to arts education. 
 
The group discussed the history, breadth, and depth of the Otis Report on the Creative Economy and its potential to influence policymaking and advocacy in the Capital. Since Otis is not supported by the state government and is not an advocacy group, the College is seeking more resources and support when it comes to advancing its Creative Economy Report. During the meeting various potential scenarios were discussed and Sr. Ben Allen was very enthusiastic and engaged, offering to continue his support and work with the group to take the Otis Report to a higher level of exposure.
 
Ritter-Martinez pointed out that the creative economy is a relatively new field in economics, and the Otis report is helping to define it. She added that the report encourages businesses to establish themselves and stay in Los Angeles.
 
The senator suggested using the report to engage the greater business community in order to change the national narrative of California. 
 
“There’s a different story to be told about how exciting and innovative the economy is here,” said Allen.
 
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