Events
  • Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event
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    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • 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. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • 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.

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From LA to The Bay Symposium

Please contact Alexandra Pollyea (310) 665 6857 for inquiries.

OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN PRESENTS FROM LA TO THE BAY: COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS AND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO URBAN VIOLENCE IN CALIFORNIA

WHAT:
Otis College of Art and Design’s Department of Integrated Learning presents the inaugural symposium From LA to the Bay: Community Collaborations and Creative


Solutions to Urban Violence in California. This free event features key leaders in education, community partnerships and outreach, and policymaking, who will focus on dynamic strategies, successes, and next steps in developing effective solutions to urban violence. Otis’ involvement in this area grows out of its Homeboys History and Culture Project, where Eastside meets Westside in a dialogue between trained artists and self-taught artists about social identity, politics, and culture. Located in Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention organization of its kind in the U.S. From LA to the Bay is made possible in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Custom Hotel.


Reunion and Discussion:
Otis students and Homeboys and Homegirls who have participated in the Homeboys History and Culture Project over the last three years gather to reflect upon their experiences.
 

Presentations:
Ysamur Flores-Pena, MA, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Otis College of Art and Design. Scholar and author Professor Flores-Pena created the groundbreaking Homeboys History and Culture Project three years ago for the Department of Integrated Learning. In this class, Otis art and design students integrate their artistic skills with a capacity to be sensitive to culture, identities, and communities different from their own. Each semester, students develop a unique project based on a theme. With the feedback of the former gang member Homeboys and Homegirls who attend the class, Otis students conduct research, do field studies, and ultimately develop a project proposal that is presented to the Otis and Homeboy Industries communities.

Hector Verdugo, Associate Executive Director, Homeboy Industries
Mr. Verdugo took a new direction with his life when he became involved with Homeboy Industries five years ago. In his work with the organization, he now puts his talents and energies into being part of the solution.

Fabian Debora, Counselor, Homeboy Industries
Mr. Debora is an artist and counselor who has lived the gang life and now mentors young people, and former gang members and their families at Homeboys Industries. Mr. Debora works on his own art projects and is also a member of the Streetscapers of Boyle Heights.

Theresa Gartland, MA, Curriculum and Program Director, Urban Compass, South Los Angeles
Urban Compass operates after school and summer programs at Verbum Dei High School to serve students from 112th Street Elementary School and Sage Child Care Center. These activities give young people at a key developmental age the opportunity to enjoy safe, welcoming, and innovative surroundings, and to navigate a course towards a promising future.

Luis Aroche, Manager of Violence Prevention Programs at Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, San Francisco/San Mateo
For over a decade, Mr. Aroche has been at the center of violence prevention in San Francisco and San Mateo counties with his innovative intervention and mediation approaches in the world of street level conflicts.

Diana Oliva-Aroche, MPH, Planning & Policy Manager, Violence Prevention, City and County of San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF)
The DCYF annually funds a wide range of violence and intervention programs for young people. Ms. Oliva-Aroche will discuss best practices in addressing the needs of at-risk youth and reducing violence in the community.

Moderator:
Keu Reyes, Creator and Producer of Latino 101
Mr. Reyes is a performer, writer, producer, and director. He is the creator and producer of Latino 101, http://www.sitv.com/latino101, an interview series with comedians and entertainers in its second season on SiTV.\

WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2011, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Otis College of Art and Design, Otis Lighting Studio (Galef Center for Fine Arts), 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Free admission and parking; registration recommended: http://www.urbancreativesolutions.com/. Complimentary breakfast will be served. Lunch available for purchase onsite from a variety of specialty food trucks.

For further information contact:
Richard Shelton, Director of Integrated Learning rshelton@otis.edu; 310 846-2566. Learn more about the Homeboys History and Culture Project.

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.
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