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Fourth Annual Otis Kite Festival At Santa Monica Beach Saturday:

Otis College of Art and Design will host its fourth Annual Kite Festival adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, April 11, 2015, from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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

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 Design’s 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.”

Wini Jackson—celebrated 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, Children’s Bureau, and St. Jude’s 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 $12. Parking is available at public city lots and at the Pier. Entrance to the kite festival is free.

EVENT DETAILS

Fourth Annual Otis Kite Festival
Saturday, April 11, 2014 10AM – 4PM 
Santa Monica Pier 
Parking at the North Parking Lot 1 $12 
Admission is Free

Plein Air Drawing Workshop 
With Otis Faculty Member Gary Geraths 
11 am to 2 pm
1450 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA

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