Events
  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Image: Electronic Sound Bath
     

  • L: Nora Jane 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: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • 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

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

    Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas. Talking to Action is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.
     

  • 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.

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Creative Action

Come Fly a Kite at the Sixth Annual Kite Festival

Otis College of Art and Design will host its Sixth Annual Kite Festival adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, April 8, 2017, 11am – 4pm. Presented by the Creative Action program, the event is free and open to the public. 

6th Annual Kite Festival Honoring Tyrus Wong

Bring your family and friends to make and fly kites down at the Santa Monica Pier. Everyone will receive his or her own free, unique kite along with a color theory instruction lesson.

A Community Mandala Made of Chalk

Lecturer Elektra Grant, along with students in her Human Ecology class, participated in the creation of a community mandala under the direction of artist Gary Palmer. A painter and celebrated chalk artist, Palmer's Circle Around the World project brings the technique of chalk art and the history of the mandala together as a catalyst for social change.

Otis College Partners with "CNN Hero" Marie Da Silva

In 2002, Marie Da Silva was working as a nanny in Los Angeles. She heard that a school in her hometown of Limbe, Malawi was going to close and urged her mother to allow students to gather and learn in their family home.          

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and has the highest rate of HIV in Africa with over a million people living with the disease. Half a million children between the ages of 0 to 17 are orphans due to AIDS.

Examining Bullies, Teasers, and Tormenters

Posted side-by-side along the library windows at Otis College of Art and Design is an unassuming but powerful section of the pop-up installation: 100 Steps to Fairness and Integrity.

An aggressive election year has seen high-profile cases of prejudice and violence played out in the media and communities across the nation. Seeing this as an opportunity for dialogue, Patricia Kovic, faculty lead for the Creative Action course Neighbor-Gap-Bridge, challenged her students to collect 100 instances of negative behavior for analysis.

Artists and Rangers Join Forces for NEA "Imagine Your Parks" Initiative

LOS ANGELES, CA - Otis College of Art and Design and Joshua Tree National Park recently launched the Joshua Tree Art Innovation Laboratory (JT Lab), an initiative which will explore ways that artists can contribute to the National Park Service’s mission and strengthen the role artists play in the National Park Service (NPS). Moving beyond artists solely as image makers, the initiative enlists artists as “creative thinkers, problem-solvers, and communicators.”

Craft In America Celebrates Teachers in the Arts

Craft in America, is the site partner for the Creative Action class 'Made in LA'. The class has previously partnered the Otis Veteran’s Association, in conjunction with Craft in America's episode SERVICE, to present an evening honoring America’s servicemen and women

Moving Art Class Joins in Westchester July 4th Parade

Students from the Creative Action class 'Moving Art' will be presenting their float at the annual Westchester Fourth of July Parade on Monday, July 4th 2016. 

Arts Education at the Beach, Fifth Annual Otis Kite Festival an Event for the Whole Family

LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) - Otis College of Art and Design will host its Fifth Annual Kite Festival adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, April 9, 2016, 11 am – 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Parking at the Santa Monica Pier is $12 for all day access.

Propaganda: Warnings and Lessons from Our Past

Students from Otis College of Art and Design's 'Movies that Matter' class were given a preview tour of State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda yesterday.

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