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  • 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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2012 Otis Report on Creative Economy of Los Angeles Shows Upswing - Report Released by Otis College of Art and Design

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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