Local Historians Speak at Rio Grande City Public Library

On Friday morning, June 13, local historians Carlos Lara, and Lucio Jimenez visited the Rio Grande City Public Library, where they vividly discussed what lif…

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Celebrating Military Veterans in the Arts at Otis College of Art and Design


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 08, 2014

Otis College of Art and Design and the Otis Veterans Association, in conjunction with Craft in America, is proud to present an evening honoring Americas servicemen and women on October 30, 2014 at Otis College of Art and Design in the Galef Center for Fine Arts Clay Studio, located at 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

The event will begin at 6:30pm with a live demonstration by artists Claire Hanzakos, Kaija Keel, and Jilda Schwartz, who will be sculpting life-size busts of three Otis alumni who are veteran artists: Tom Van Sant (57 MFA), Kent Twitchell (77 MFA), and George Martinez (14 BFA). The demonstration is sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Art Options Foundation as part of its Face to Face visual art project, which involved the sculpting of one hundred life-sized busts of men and women veterans as an act of remembrance and historical record. During the demonstration, a short documentary on the Face to Face project will be screened.

Immediately following the sculpture demonstration, Craft in America will premier its newest documentary, Service, exploring creativity and healing among our nations veterans and soldiers. Craft in America is an award-winning series that examines Americas creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. This advance screening of Service will be shown in the Galef Center for Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design at 8:00pm, Service will be broadcast nationwide on PBS on November 2, 2014. KOCE Los Angeles will air Service at 10:30pm Sun. Nov. 2nd.

The event was developed through Otis Creative Action class Clay in LA: 1945 to Present, which is supported, in part, by a grant from the Hearst Foundations. Additional support for the Otis Veterans Association is provided by The Ahmanson Foundation and its Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship Initiative. This event was co-organized by Jo Lauria of Craft in America, who is also a Creative Action mentor.

This evening will be a wonderful tribute to the servicemen and women who have made an indelible mark on the art world with their work and creative vision, said Otis Product Design Faculty Joan Takayama-Ogawa. We are proud to highlight and celebrate these exceptional artists and their creative achievements.

This event is open to the public. RSVP at (310) 846-2617 or through email at mtecle(at)otis(dot)edu

EVENT DETAILS

Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:30pm 9pm

Otis College of Art and Design / Galef Center for Fine Arts Clay Studio

9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Free parking is available at the Otis parking garage

AGENDA

6:30pm Face to Face Documentary Screening and Live Sculpture Demonstration

8:00pm Craft in America Premier of Service

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 CRAFT IN AMERICA

Craft in America, the Peabody Award-wining series, continues to explore America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. The newest episode, SERVICE, part of the PBS veterans initiative Stories of Service*, is the story of craft and the military and premieres on PBS in November. From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, SERVICE documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal.

Ancillary projects include hours of online videos and interactive learning materials, museum exhibitions, the Random House book Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects, and the free-to-the-public Craft in America Center located in Los Angeles, offering artist talks, exhibitions, workshops and a library of publications on the history and techniques of craft.

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 1,150 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.

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Universal City Public Library Visioning and Visual Preference Survey Work Session

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Malmo joins big literary movement started by 'Little Free Libraries'

Malmo joins big literary movement started by 'Little Free Libraries'
Inspiration came from Andrew Carnegie who supported 2,509 free public libraries (including one in Aitkin) at the turn of the last century, from a librarian who brought books to nearly 1,400 locations in Wisconsin between 1895 and 1914 and from ‚Äútake a …
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At the Library: Libraries play a big part in community
The American Library Association has released the State of America's Libraries Report for 2014. The focus is on the value of public libraries. Some of the information was collected through the Pew Internet and American Life Project. I have included a …
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The Legend of Korra – Rebirth


The Legend of Korra – Rebirth

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FAVORITE BOOKS | 2013 EDITION

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- How Far Can Darwin Take Us? Adam Gopnik with Steven Pinker


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SXSW Eco 2014: Renowned Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and Panelists Explore Ways to Sustain the Seas


Austin, Texas (PRWEB) October 06, 2014

South by Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco), a conference connecting global sustainability challenges with opportunities for breakthrough solutions, opens today and runs through October 8 in the Austin Convention Center. The event includes a keynote presentation with world-renowned ocean explorer and researcher Dr. Sylvia Earle and three days of informative panels, inspirational speakers, intensive mentor and coaching programs, pitch competitions, workshops, networking events, receptions and more.

Founder of Mission Blue, the Sylvia Earle Alliance and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc, Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer. Formerly the chief scientist at NOAA, she has logged more than 7,000 hours underwater earning her the title Her Deepness by the New York Times and Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

Dr. Earle is the strongest voice for oceans the world has ever known, said Chris Sonnier, producer and program manager of SXSW Eco. Combining the highest level thinkers from diverse fields is what SXSW Eco is all about.

Attendees will participate in three days of panel discussions and interactive sessions on pressing environmental challenges. Ocean-related programming includes Dr. Earles presentations on sustainable seas and fish farming. Another session Can We Solve Our Plastic Oceans? features a diverse group of experts seeking innovative solutions to plastic pollution in our oceans. The panel brings together:


Anna Clark, author of the book “Green, American Style” and president of EarthPeople, the first US consultancy to support the Plastic Disclosure Project.

Daniella Russo, CEO and founder of Think Beyond Plastic Accelerator and Innovation Forum.

Tanya Streeter, a world renowned free diver with 10 world records to her name, patron of the Plastics Ocean Foundation and a champion of addressing global ocean pollution.

Michael Usey of PlastiPure, a veteran technology company specialist who has helped bring several breakthrough technologies across a wide range of industries to market.

Moderator: Adam Leipzig, CEO of Entertainment Media Partners and a producer and distributor on more than 25 films including March of the Penguins, Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Dead Poets Society.

Going beyond just exploring the issue of plastic pollution, these leaders will focus on real solutions that regular people can realize to address this epidemic. The discussion will take place in MR 19B at the Austin Convention Center MR from 10:30AM – 11:30AM. For more information, visit http://www.sxsweco.com.

About SXSW Eco

Now in its fourth year, SXSW Eco attracts a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world. A uniquely inclusive platform for professionals, SXSW Eco examines the critical challenges of our times through a kaleidoscopic lens of design innovation, policy tipping points, technological breakthroughs, conservation practice, entrepreneurial spirit and a culture of creativity to transform inspiration into action.

About EarthPeople Media

EarthPeople Media is a communications firm and publisher of books and content on business, culture, sustainability and social innovation. Since launching as a consultancy in 2005, EarthPeople has helped startups, NGOs, and Fortune 500s strengthen brand equity, human capital and environmental leadership. Among its services, EarthPeople provides branding, communication strategy, corporate social responsibility reporting, public relations and publishing. For more information, visit http://www.EarthPeopleMedia.com and http://www.EarthPeopleCo.com.







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Stacey Whites first book The Reincarnation of Bobby Johnson is an Enchanting Journey into a Bygone Time Filled with Social Intrigue and a Precisely Constructed Plot


(PRWEB) October 09, 2014

Stacey White, an accomplished writer, has completed her first book The Reincarnation of Bobby Johnson: a gripping and powerful story that expresses pain and suffering, courage to survive, surpassing trials and facing the devastating events in life caused by human nature.

The story describes how justice is observed, served and kept through a series unfortunate events involving the family. Faith and hope are the familys weapons against struggle and adversity.

The family is rewarded with fortune, after the death of a kind-hearted woman who left all her wealth to them. Though living life to the fullest with those unimaginable blessings, the family was haunted with a tragic past. Despite all that is happening, they continue to live by the grace of God, develop a stronger family bond, and are able to accept what life has to offer them.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Stacey Whites engrossing tale is a compelling page turner from start to finish.

Readers who wish to experience this mesmerizing work can purchase The Reincarnation of Bobby Johnson at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing

Page Publishing is a traditional New York based full-service publishing house that handles all of the intricacies involved in publishing its authors books, including distribution in the worlds largest retail outlets and royalty generation. Page Publishing knows that authors need to be free to create – not bogged down with complicated business issues like eBook conversion, establishing wholesale accounts, insurance, shipping, taxes and the like. Its roster of authors can leave behind these tedious, complex and time consuming issues, and focus on their passion: writing and creating. Learn more at http://www.pagepublishing.com.







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- Wendy Kopp & Malcolm Gladwell: Teach for America Revolution


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