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  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event
    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.
    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.
    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu


Teaching Tolerance and Respect in Los Angeles Through Stories and Narrative Art

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

Educational initiative addresses bullying, racial profiling, and social injustice; a Museum of Tolerance and Otis College of Art and Design partnership.
Nick Edinger Sketches
Nick Edinger Sketches

LOS ANGELES, CA, Sept. 26, 2012 - Civic engagement and social responsibility drive the mission and curriculum of Otis College of Art and Design. Partnering with the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, educators from Otis have developed a course of study focusing on sequential art and storytelling to address critical social issues facing society today.

"Using storytelling to get the point across has long been an effective way to keep an audience engaged and interested in a subject," says Otis faculty member Candace Lavin. "Working with the Museum of Tolerance on such a powerful initiative is a tremendous opportunity for students to learn about the history of these issues while using their creative skills to develop art that educates and aims to transform society."

Working in teams, students will develop allegorical scripts that take on issues such as cyberbullying, social profiling, or censorship, and devise ways to illustrate the story through trans-disciplinary methods. The end result may be anything from a graphic novel or animation, to sequential art rendered in sculpture, painting, or mixed media. The Museum of Tolerance will show the final projects in fall and spring. The Museum of Tolerance will show the final projects in fall and spring.

Creative Action: An Integrated Learning Program provides all BFA students at Otis with collaborative and community experiences that extend beyond the boundaries of their major. Students work in trans-disciplinary teams in tandem with a community and/or corporate partner. They focus on team building, researching and addressing the needs of their partners, and implementing real-world solutions. The goal is to extend the traditional boundaries of the classroom, and to respond creatively to community challenges.

About the Museum of Tolerance
Recipient of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, the Museum of Tolerance is a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. http://www.museumoftolerance.com

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.