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  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event
    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.
    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.
    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.


Creative Economy

Senator Ben Allen Visits Otis to Discuss the Creative Economy

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.

The Otis Report on the Creative Economy in Zócalo Public Square

How L.A. Can Keep Its Creative Hive Buzzing

By Paul Bisceglio
Los Angeles isn’t fantasizing when it calls itself America’s creative capital–the numbers back it up. Economist Kimberly Ritter-Martinez rattled them off at a panel sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to discuss the business of creativity: 355,000 jobs are directly tied to the city’s creative industries, and 620,000 jobs are related in some way. More than 10 percent of Los Angeles county’s GDP comes from these careers.

LA Weekly Dives into the Otis Report on the Creative Economy

Entertainment Leads a Creative Economy Worth $293.8 Billion to California

By Dennis Romero
We criticize Hollywood a lot. It's a white bubble of an industry in a city that is majority brown. And its moguls and creatives are helping to push our cost of living, including sky-high rents and home prices, through the roof.
But the entertainment industry does bring dollars to our community. That's a fact.

Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California Maps Economic Impact on State, Asserts Importance of Talent Pipeline and Arts Education

Sacramento, CA - April 15, 2015 - The results of the 2014 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California (Otis Report) were unveiled today in a state Capitol hearing before the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts in Sacramento. The Otis Report asserts California’s competitive advantage in the creative sector and underscores the need to bolster the talent pipeline through support for the arts and arts education.

KCET Artbound Explores the Art Ecosystem Based on the Otis Report

Southern California's Interconnected Art Ecosystem

By Marissa Gluck

The Hollywood Reporter Premieres Exclusive Clip from "The State of Creativity"

KCET and Otis College of Art and Design Partner for 'Artbound' Episode (Exclusive Video)

By Mia Galuppo
The educational, independent television station KCETLink and the Otis College of Art and Design have come together to produce a multimedia special called State of Creativity that is meant to explore the creative capital of Southern California.

Born in L.A.

Implantable collamer eye lenses
Epogen/neuprogen (biotech blockbuster drugs)
“Dancing” fountains
Celebrity PR
The electric guitar
The multi-channel recording process
Arc welding of natural gas pipelines
The skateboard (Venice)
The Cobb salad
The "Shirley Temple" non-alcoholic cocktail
The Hula Hoop
The strapless bra
Shoulder pads (Adrian for Joan Crawford)
Rhinestone and spangled western wear
Bare midriffs
Neoprene as sportswear (evolved into surf wear)

Otis Report on the Creative Economy

Since its inception in 2007, Otis College of Art and Design’s Annual Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region has been an invaluable tool to assess the tremendous impact and influence of the area’s creative sector on the economy. This year, the California Arts Council awarded Otis funds to expand the report to include analysis of the entire state of California, showing how the state’s economy is effected by jobs in the arts, design, education, entertainment, nonprofits, and independent creative professions, and providing a forecast for 2016.