Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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Creative Action

 

This signature program offers project-based courses that match multidisciplinary teams of students with local and international community partners. Creative Action courses will introduce you to pressing environmental and social issues through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Through research, leadership, and collaboration, you will focus your creativity on real-world problems. These skills are essential to your career as an artist or designer.

 

Recent Community Partners

African American Museum

Breathe LA

City of El Segundo

CSPG (Center for the Study of Political Graphics

Custom Hotel

Da Vinci Design School

FilmAid International

Global Green International

Hape Toys

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Homeboys Industries

KXLU

LA Cultural Affairs Department

La Tijera Elementary (Installing outcomes)

LAX Airport

Loyola Village Elementary

Loyola/LA planning group and Bill Rosendahl’s office

Museum of Tolerance

Otis Alumni Relation Office

Richard Riordan Center Library

Santa Monica Aquarium

Solano Community Garden

Surfrider Foundation: Rise Above Plastics

The Republic of Palau

Urban Compass

Westchester Senior Center

Westside Leadership Magnet School

 

 


Through collaborative projects, students learn to:

  • Use trans-disciplinary problem-solving skills, working as a team to conceptualize, analyze and define issues and solutions
  • Negotiate diverse public spheres
  • Plan and propose creative solutions for a specific context, informed by engagement with a community group, and when possible, implement projects
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams

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