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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Creative Economy Resources

A wide range of information including research reports, data analysis, and policy discussions centered on creative economies is available. This resource section aims to serve as a convenient conduit to regional, state and national information.

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Related Creative Economy Reports

Americans for the Arts: Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry

California's Arts and Cultural Ecology (PDF)

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Welcome To Los Angeles County (You Tube video)

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and National Endowment for the Arts Preliminary Report on Impact of Arts

Municipal Cultural Master Plans

Below are some examples of cultural master plans for cities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. A recent trend in cultural planning is to focus on the development of both the cultural community and the overall creative economy. One such report is the “Cultural Collaborative,” a comprehensive cultural masterplan for San Antonio, Texas.

Los Angeles County

Burbank - Burbank Cultural Arts Plan

Glendale - A Strategic Plan for the Arts in Glendale

Inglewood - Cultural Arts Master Plan (PDF)

Lancaster - Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Cultural Master Plan

Long Beach - Create Long Beach

Pasadena - Cultural Nexis: An Action Plan for the Cultural Sector in Pasadena

Pomona - Pomona Cultural Plan

Santa Clarita - Arts Blueprint Phase I (PDF)

Santa Monica - Creative Capital: Culture, Community, Vision

Orange County

Costa Mesa – Theater and Arts District Plan (PDF)

Laguna Beach – Community Cultural Plan For The City Of Laguna Beach (PDF)


Creativity Indexes

The Creative Vitality™ Index (CVI™) is an index and research tool that measures annual changes in the economic health of an area by integrating economic data streams from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. The Creative Vitality™ Index is a resource for informing public policy and supporting the work of advocates for creative economies. CVI™ reports have been used as a way to define the parameters of an area's creative economy and as a means of educating communities about the components and dynamics of a creative economy.Creative Vitality™ Index

Arts Education K-12

LA County Arts for All

Arts Education Partnership

Commission on the Skills of the American

National Center on Education and the Economy

National and Regional Arts Advocacy Organizations

Americans for the Arts

Arts Education Partnership

Arts for LA

Arts Create California

Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce

The Creative Coalition

Massachusetts Economic Development

The Mayors' Institute on City Design

National Center on Education and the Economy

National Endowment for the Arts

Next Generation Arts
Nurturing California¹s Next Generation Arts and Cultural Leaders (PDF)

No Right Brain Left Behind

Project Zero

Western States Arts Federation
Western States Arts Federation Publications and Research

Entering the Creative Economy Workforce

Arts, Media, Entertainment Industry & Education Connecting for Students

LA Culture Net (LACN)

Next Gen Arts Nurturing California's Next Generation Arts and Cultural Leaders

Think Tanks and Entrepreneurship

Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles

Center for an Urban Future in New York

The Creative Economy Association of the North Shore (CEANS) in Massachusetts

The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University

DigiSo at the West Virginia Economic Development Center

Project Zero

Professional Associations

American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA)

The American Institutes of Architects, Los Angeles

American Institute of Graphic Arts

California Fashion Association

Digital Media Association (DiMA)

Dramatists Guild

Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)

Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Stage Managers' Association

Toy Industry Association (TIA)

Selected Publications

Americans for the Arts, “Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts”

Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning Champions Report (PDF)

The Conference Board, “Ready to Innovate”
Ready to Innovate (PDF)

National Center on Education and the Economy, “Tough Choices or Tough Times: Report on Skills of the American Workforce” (PDF)

National Endowment for the Arts, “Creative Placemaking” (PDF)

Pew Charitable Trust, “Activating Cultural Capital,” (PDF)

Project Zero research (2010), Current Projects (PDF)

Rockefeller Foundation, “From Creative Economy to Creative Society,” (PDF)

Additional Creative Economy Research

California Cultural Data Project

Center for an Urban Future (PDF)

The Entertainment Economy Institute

NEA Artist Employment Survey Oct 2011, NEA Artists and Art Workersin the United States (PDF)
Research Note - 105

Sir Ken Robinson