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Otis College Receives NEA Grant

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Otis College of Art and Design Receives NEW Grant For Creative Economy Advocacy

 

LOS ANGELES – June 7, 2011 – Otis College of Art and Design has received an award of $75,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the creation and implementation of innovative digital initiatives and public events in 2011-12 that will increase awareness and advocacy for Southern California's creative economy locally, nationally, and internationally.

Since 2007, Otis has commissioned The Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region, the first and only report to focus on the arts, design, and entertainment industries as a combined economic force in Southern California. The Otis Report reveals that these industries are a driving economic engine for the Southern California region. The 2010 Otis Report stated a creative economy impact of $127 billion in sales/receipts in the Los Angeles region and more than $4.6 billion in state and local tax revenues. In addition, almost one in every six people in the region is directly or indirectly employed in a creative field.

With the support of the NEA grant, Otis will deepen its capacity to connect diverse audiences with the findings of the Report and motivate these audiences to engage in economic and cultural change. Of particular interest is the Millennial Generation, otherwise known as Gen Y, (ages 18-30), a group already the focus of Otis' Up^Shift awareness campaign. The Otis' NEA-funded initiative will also pointedly reach out to Otis alumni and current students.

"Otis is honored to receive this grant from the NEA, as it validates the importance of the findings of The Otis Report on the Creative Economy: the arts sector is indisputably a veritable powerhouse in the economy of the Los Angeles region," notes Otis College of Art and Design President Samuel Hoi. "This project is directly in line with NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman's "Art works" initiative and substantiates the fact that "arts jobs are real jobs that are part of the real economy" and that "art contributes to economic growth, neighborhood revitalization, and the livability of American towns and cities" (www.arts.gov/artworks). We commend Chairman Landesman's vision to proactively support initiatives that enhance healthy connections between art, design, and strategic economic and cultural growth."

Otis is one of 1,145 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations awarded a grant in the federal agency's second round for 2011. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute more than $88 million to support projects nationwide.

An independent agency of the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts advances artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. "NEA research shows that three out of four Americans participate in the arts," says NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "The diverse, innovative, and exceptional projects funded in this round will ensure that Americans around the country continue to have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts."

About The National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.gov.

 

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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