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  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • 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.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

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

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Leaders in business, government, education, and the arts urged to unite in support of the creative economy
2012 Otis Report Creative Economy
The 2012 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region at Google YouTube Space LA

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 11, 2012

The 2012 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region, released last week by Otis College of Art and Design at Google’s YouTube Space LA, once again underscored the impact of creative industries on the local economy. According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), from whom Otis commissioned the report, the creative economy is the fourth largest industry cluster out of 66 in Los Angeles County. Driven by arts, design, and entertainment, the creative economy comprises 664,000 jobs and contributes more than $3.3 billion to state and local tax revenues. Projecting a 4.1% increase in creative jobs by 2016, the report emphasizes the need for civic engagement in support of the creative economy.

Chief Economist of the LAEDC Robert Kleinhenz presented the findings of the Otis report, and noted economist and author Ann Markusen presented national models and case studies of city strategies to stimulate and support the creative sector. Mark Lacter of "L.A. Biz Observed" led the guests in round-table discussions and brainstorming sessions focused on new directions and initiatives.

“We must proactively invest in the creative economy to ensure our future,” said Otis President Samuel Hoi. President Hoi urged the invited leaders to work together, emphasizing the need to actively incubate and support innovative enterprises in order to grow the creative sector. He stressed that education of the creative workforce is a great socio-economic equalizer. Companies need an abundant workforce of innovators in an idea-driven economy, and local governments need flourishing businesses, jobs, tourists, and revenues. Philanthropic organizations strive for an equitable, sustainable, and healthy society, while academic and non-profit organizations seek to fulfill service-based missions with similar goals. Independent entrepreneurs and creative professionals need a supportive and fertile environment that allows for their ideas to grow and flourish.

The capacity audience of 200 leaders from corporations, creative enterprises, local government, education, non-profits, and philanthropy, exchanged ideas regarding cross-sector collation to grow the regional creative economy. Topics discussed included, integration of arts into K-12 education, youth mentorship programs, public transportation development, regional branding and marketing efforts, technology, STEM to STEAM, incubator spaces like Google’s YouTube Space LA, and urban planning and development incentives to nurture creative enterprise.

The 2012 Otis Report event served as a meeting for the recently formed Creative Economy Convergence Task Force, a multi-sector leadership group in support of the creative economy of the Los Angeles region. Otis President Samuel Hoi, Executive Director of L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs Olga Garay-English, and CEO of Creative Space Tyler Stonebreaker co-chair the task force.

Sponsors of the event included Google, Mattel, Boeing, CAbi, City National Bank, Coaster Fine Furniture, Disney, Hurley, The James Irvine Foundation, L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs, Miss Me, Nike, Ovation, San Pedro Wholesale Mart, and Sony Pictures.

Since 1918, Otis College of Art and Design has played a pivotal role in developing the creative economy of L.A. With training programs in Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration, Advertising Design, Fashion Design, and more, Otis has been a leading force in creative design and the arts for nearly 100 years. Graduates of Otis College of Art and Design continue to be in the vanguard of the cultural and entrepreneurial life of the region.

About Otis College of Art and Design
Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu.

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.
Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist