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Creative Action

A Mural Comes to Life

Artist and part-time instructor David Russell, took nearly three months to complete "Welcome to Westchester," a five-story mural commissioned by Drollinger Properties, through a Creative Action class he teaches at Otis College of Art and Design. Creative Action is an integrated learning program that introduces students to compelling social and environmental issues within their community through a series of core courses.

7th Annual Kite Festival

Come fly a kite! On Saturday, April 14, bring your family and friends to make and fly kites next to the Santa Monica Pier! Everyone will receive their own free, unique kite, along with a color theory instruction lesson. Kite makers from across the United States will also showcase their work and create a "gallery in the sky."

Annual Kite Festival Bridges Art and Physics with Fun in the Sun

Come fly a kite with Otis College of Art and Design! The Creative Action Program will be hosting its seventh annual Kite Festival on April 14, 2018 from 11am – 4pm, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The event is free and open to the public.

Otis College in Malawi

Check out Part One of our story on Creative Action's partnership with Jacaranda School For Orphans. "Every day for the next week, Otis teams implemented designs on campus they had developed in a semester-long “Creative Action” course culminating in this trip. They had drawn up problem-solving projects after Skyping with Jacaranda kids to gauge their needs and desires, collected materials and brought them to Malawi."

A Talk by Marc Mertens, Chief Executive Officer for A Hundred Years

A Hundred Years is a full-service creative consultancy that helps organizations across sectors uncover their true purpose to realize their potential. 

Big thinkers and ambitious doers, we came together because we love rolling up our sleeves to create the world we want to live in. We work with innovative, purpose-driven, optimistic organizations across sectors becasue we need everyone to contribute to tackling our biggest challenges today. Whether we're designing a digital product, communications strategy, or new business model, we're always solving for the long term to achieve greater impact today.

Headlines

  • Architect Geeta Mehta
    Geeta Mehta, Otis College’s 2019-2020 Donghia Designer-in-Residency, on the Social Purpose of Architecture and Urban Design
    March 11
  • 10 Questions for Marie Lum—Cartoon Network Storyboard Artist, Otis Alum, and Digital Media Speaker
    October 24
  • J. Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler of Höweler + Yoon Architecture
    Höweler + Yoon to Present 2018 Scanlon Lecture on February 21
    February 16

A Talk by Marc Mertens, Chief Executive Officer for A Hundred Years

A Hundred Years is a full-service creative consultancy that helps organizations across sectors uncover their true purpose to realize their potential. 

Big thinkers and ambitious doers, we came together because we love rolling up our sleeves to create the world we want to live in. We work with innovative, purpose-driven, optimistic organizations across sectors becasue we need everyone to contribute to tackling our biggest challenges today. Whether we're designing a digital product, communications strategy, or new business model, we're always solving for the long term to achieve greater impact today.

Headlines

  • Architect Geeta Mehta
    Geeta Mehta, Otis College’s 2019-2020 Donghia Designer-in-Residency, on the Social Purpose of Architecture and Urban Design
    March 11
  • 10 Questions for Marie Lum—Cartoon Network Storyboard Artist, Otis Alum, and Digital Media Speaker
    October 24
  • J. Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler of Höweler + Yoon Architecture
    Höweler + Yoon to Present 2018 Scanlon Lecture on February 21
    February 16

Come Fly a Kite at the Sixth Annual Kite Festival

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. 

6th Annual Kite Festival Honoring Tyrus Wong

Bring your family and friends to make and fly kites down at the Santa Monica Pier. Everyone will receive his or her own free, unique kite along with a color theory instruction lesson.

Headlines

  • Otis College Annual Exhibition
    Otis College’s 38th Annual Exhibition Goes Online to Showcase Work of Graduating Students
    May 8
  • Otis College MFA Fine Arts Thesis Shows
    Otis College Launches Virtual Gallery of MFA Fine Arts Thesis Shows
    May 1
  • Architect Geeta Mehta
    Geeta Mehta, Otis College’s 2019-2020 Donghia Designer-in-Residency, on the Social Purpose of Architecture and Urban Design
    March 11

A Community Mandala Made of Chalk

Lecturer Elektra Grant, along with students in her Human Ecology class, participated in the creation of a community mandala under the direction of artist Gary Palmer. A painter and celebrated chalk artist, Palmer's Circle Around the World project brings the technique of chalk art and the history of the mandala together as a catalyst for social change.

Otis College Partners with "CNN Hero" Marie Da Silva

In 2002, Marie Da Silva was working as a nanny in Los Angeles. She heard that a school in her hometown of Limbe, Malawi was going to close and urged her mother to allow students to gather and learn in their family home.          

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and has the highest rate of HIV in Africa with over a million people living with the disease. Half a million children between the ages of 0 to 17 are orphans due to AIDS.