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Come Fly a Kite at the Sixth Annual Kite Festival

Otis College's Day of Art, Education, and Fun for All Honoring Alumnus and Disney Legend Tyrus Wong

Otis College of Art and Design will host its Sixth Annual Kite Festival adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, April 8, 2017, 11am – 4pm. Presented by the Creative Action program, the event is free and open to the public. 

World-renowned kite artists offer something for everyone, from the inventions of artist-architect Tom Van Sant to the artful work of the late Disney legend Tyrus Wong. This year’s festival is held in remembrance of Wong, who passed away at the age of 106 on December 30, 2016. Wong graduated from Otis College of Art and Design (then the Otis Art Institute) in the 1930s, and while exhibiting artworks around Los Angeles, he began working in the film industry as a production illustrator. It was his evocative concept art for Walt Disney's Bambi that would ultimately lead him down the path of becoming one of the most celebrated Chinese American artists of our time. Wong was a regular at the Kite Festival since its inaugural year in 2011.

Attendees will see kite makers from across the United States showcase their work as they create a "gallery in the sky.” Featured kites include the evocative works of Melanie Walker and George Peters, the colorful, stylized kites of Ron Gibian, and the stunt kites of Kevin Bayless, co-founder of the Revolution Sport Kite Team.

To join in the fun, attendees will be able to create their own kite using a provided kit and basic design instruction. Through generous support from Los Angeles World Airports, The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation, La Tijera Village, Art4Moore, and the Tides Foundation, Otis College is able to provide materials for participants to create up to 3,000 kites.

For the first time, the Otis College Kite Festival will be joined by the County of Los Angeles Public Library's mobile learning MakMo van, which will be demonstrating educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) experiments for students ages 5-17. Additional workshops include a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) centered workshop designed for the whole family.

The event is also an opportunity for Otis College to partner with many organizations benefiting children throughout Los Angeles County. A major partner, Reclaiming Our Youth (R.O.Y.) has expanded the event to include kids from group homes, county facilities, public schools, treatment centers, and special needs homes. R.O.Y. is overseen by Wini Jackson, renowned advocate for children who has served Southern California communities for more than 30 years.

“You and your family can make kites with Otis students and see some of the most breathtaking aerial sculptures recently made by professional kite artists,” says Otis College’s Director of Creative Action Richard Shelton, who oversees the kite festival. “It is a fun and engaging educational experience and the perfect event to celebrate the beginning of spring.”



Saturday, April 8, 2017, 11AM – 4PM
Santa Monica Pier
Parking at the North Parking Lot 1 $12
Admission is Free

A free shuttle leaves from Otis College and the Santa Monica Pier every hour. Additional parking will be available at the Santa Monica Pier Parking Lot for a fee of $12 and at public city lots.

EVENT SPONSORS: Los Angeles World Airports • Reclaiming Our Youth • The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation • La Tijera Village • Art4Moore • The Tides Foundation • The Santa Monica Pier • American Kite Flyers Association • Otis College Student Activities