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Irvine Grant for Media Arts Initiative

THE JAMES IRVINE FOUNDATION APPROVES GRANT FOR OTIS’ MEDIA ARTS INITIATIVE

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 24, 2008)- –Otis College of Art and Design has received a $150,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation for the ongoing support of OTEAM and the planning of Otis Media Arts Initiative--- Since 2005, O TEAM has provided a gateway for underserved youth into higher education and the workforce. Based on the learning lessons of the last three years, Otis has a clearer understanding of how it can use its resources and expertise to deliver a sustainable program that will have a greater impact on how media and visual arts are learned and taught at a high school level. With the Media Arts Initiative, Otis will stimulate systematic change at all levels of learning and teaching of media arts.

Otis recognizes the media arts as an essential and widespread practice that combines art and design with scientific innovation. Given the high demand for innovative approaches to new media such as internet, cell phones, video games, animation, television, print radio and digital and film photography, the media arts are positioned as a momentous industry of the 21st century. Otis has established this media arts program to not only provide educators with new models of research and technologies in media arts, but to give students from all backgrounds opportunities to expand their knowledge in this critical and growing field.


The Otis Media Arts Initiative will: 1) provide high school students with digital media arts knowledge applicable for college and careers; 2) increase teacher capacity and content knowledge in the media arts; and 3) help school districts and individual schools develop and implement a media arts program that mirrors higher education and industry standards. The project will have measurable outcomes, provide real and tangible benefits to all invested parties, and will develop a model of sustainability.

James Irvine Foundation awards $150,000 for OTEAM support and Media Arts Initiative. 11/08

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.