Events
  • 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.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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Community Partners

The Artists, Community, and Teaching (ACT) Program partners with local schools, teachers, museum education departments, community arts organizations, and socially engaged artists and designers in order to provide positive learning experiences for students who are invested in working with diverse communities using their art and design skills. The best partnerships are mutually beneficial – the partner gains needed assistance while the students gain hands-on experience in the field, and in many cases either college credit or hourly wages.

Host a classroom observation or site visit: Several ACT classes include field trips to local arts organizations, museums, K-12 classrooms, public art sites and the studios of socially engaged artists and designers. Email act@otis.edu if you would like to host a small group of ACT students.

Mentor an ACT student as your assistant: During the required internship/early field experience, juniors and seniors are assistants in school and community settings. K-12 public school teachers who hold CA Single Subject in Art Credentials can mentor a student pursuing either the Teacher Credential Preparation or Community Arts Engagement Minor. Socially engaged artists and designers as well as non-credentialed teaching artists/designers working in private schools, museum education departments, correctional facilities, or organizations that offer community arts programming can only mentor students pursuing the Community Arts Engagement Minor. In either case the student interns a minimum of three hours a week for ten weeks while earning two credits. It is a mutually beneficial partnership in which the mentoring artist/designer/educator has the eager assistance of the intern in their classroom or studio, while the internship provides an invaluable opportunity for students to map theoretical learning of their coursework with the realities of art and design education and socially engaged art practices in schools and community settings. Email act@otis.edu if you would like to mentor an intern.

Have an ACT student teach at your school, museum or community organization:

Students enrolled in the Teaching for Learning II course are required teach their own art/design lessons in a school or community setting of their choice. Students who have already completed their internship/early field experience can also apply for the ACT Assistantship Awards, which places top students or recent alumni as a paid assistant in a school or community setting of their choice. These are opportunities for ACT students to hone their teaching skills while providing meaningful art experiences to K-12 students and community members in often underserved parts of Los Angeles county. Email act@otis.edu if you would like to host a visiting ACT student teacher.

Community Work-study Partners: Several local non-profit organizations have partnered with Otis to offer paid Teaching Assistant and Program Assistant positions, funded by the Federal Work-study Program. The ACT Program and the Financial Aid Office collaborate to allocate funds to partner sites at the start of each fiscal year, after which the work-study jobs are posted on the Otis Job Board, hosted by Career Services. Students can apply for these positions at the start of fall semester, and typically work for the same organization for a full school year, with the possibility of continuing during summer (depending on available funds, Federal Work-study eligibility, and schedule coordination). Some community work-study partners are Armory Center for the ArtsartworxLAThe Getty Museum’s Education Department, LACMA’s Education DepartmentreDiscover CenterSide Street Projects and Venice Arts.

Hire an art/design educator from our qualified pool of students and alumni: Paid positions and for credit internships can be posted on the Otis Job Board. Contact the ACT Director or Career Services if you are interested in hiring an ACT student or alumni to teach at your school or organization.


Since 2005 ACT Community Partners have included:

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