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Third Annual Otis Kite Festival at Santa Monica Beach: Family Event

  (March 31, 2014)
Third Annual Otis Kite Festival at Santa Monica Beach: Family Event

Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2014

Otis College of Art and Design will host its third Annual Kite Festival adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, April 13, 2013, from 11am to 4pm. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $6 for all day access.

Headlining a day of flying kites and other inflatables will be world-renowned kite artists Tom Van Sant, Tyrus Wong, George Peters, Melanie Walker, Jose Sainz, Ali Fujino, Ron Gibian, and Bobby Stanfield.

A special workshop for kids focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) will integrate California Common Core requirements in Science with instruction in Art and Design. Kids will learn about the physics of flight, climate and wind, sustainable materials, and color theory while designing and decorating their own unique kites.


The Kite Festival was developed by Otis College of Art and Designs Creative Action Program to bring families and communities throughout the Los Angeles region together for a fun-filled day of learning, creating art, and kite flying. This year, with generous support from the Drachen Foundation, Art4Moore, the Tides Foundation, the Home Depot, and the California State Coastal Conservancy, Otis has secured the funds and supplies to deliver a fantastic community event that will include educational workshops, painting, kite design and flying, and a special plein air drawing workshop.

This is a fantastic event for the whole family, says Richard Shelton, Director of Creative Action at Otis College of Art and Design. Kids will have the opportunity to learn about the physics of flight, work on their own creations, and watch some truly inspiring kites take to the skies.

This year the indomitable Wini Jacksoncelebrated advocate in service to children has pledged her support and time to include kids from group homes, county facilities, public schools, treatment centers, and special needs homes throughout Los Angeles. All leftover supplies donated for the event will be given to Urban Compass in Watts.

In past years, Otis Kite Festivals have included children from the organizations Urban Compass, Junior Blind of America, Childrens Bureau, and St. Judes Hospital.

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 $6. Parking is available at public city lots and at the Pier. Entrance to the kite festival is free.

Event Details
3rd Annual Otis Kite Festival
Sunday, April 13, 2014 11AM 2PM
Santa Monica Pier
Parking at the North Parking Lot 1 $6
Admission is Free

Plein Air Drawing Workshop
With Otis Faculty Member Gary Geraths
11AM 2PM
1450 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA

Event Sponsors

The Hearst Foundations State Coastal Conservancy Art4Moore The Tides Foundation The Santa Monica Pier American Kite Flyers Association Reclaiming Our Youth Urban Compass The Drachen Foundation The Home Depot The City of Santa Monica

About the Creative Action Program

The Creative Action Program at Otis College of Art and Design offers project-based courses that match multidisciplinary teams of students with local and international community partners. Creative Action courses introduce students to pressing environmental and social issues through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Through research, leadership, and collaboration, students focus their creativity on real-world problems. These skills are essential to the career of an artist or designer.

About Otis College of Art and Design

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The Colleges 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, Guggenheim, and MacArthur grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Disney, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Pixar.  

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 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.

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