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Second Annual Kite Festival at Santa Monica Beach: Family Event

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos: 310-665-6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu

World-renowned kite maker Tom Van Sant and a kite performance by Melanie Walker and George Peters highlight a day of family fun and art.
First Annual Otis Kite Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 28, 2013 - Otis College of Art and Design will be holding its second Annual Kite Festival adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 10am to 4pm.

Headlining a day of flying kites and other inflatables will be world-renowned kite maker Tom Van Sant along with a kite performance by acclaimed kite-makers Melanie Walker and George Peters.

The day was created with the intention of bringing families and communities throughout Los Angeles together with Otis College of Art and Design. Children from the organizations Urban Compass, Junior Blind of America, Children’s Bureau, and St. Jude’s Hospital will be bussed down to the beach to fly and create their own lightweight kites. Otis students and alumni will join them for a fun-filled day of kite flying, caricature drawing, sand castle building, and face painting.

The festival will take place directly north of the Santa Monica Pier, parking will be provided at the Santa Monica Pier Parking Lot for a fee of $8. Entrance to the kite festival is free.

“This is a fantastic event for the whole family,” says Richard Shelton, Director of Integrated Learning at Otis College of Art and Design. “Kids will have an opportunity to work on their own creation and watch some truly inspiring kites take to the skies.”

About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
 
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.