Teaching Tolerance and Respect in Los Angeles Through Stories and Narrative Art

Educational initiative addresses bullying, racial profiling, and social injustice; a Museum of Tolerance and Otis College of Art and Design partnership

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Students Working at Otis College of Art and Design

Students Working at Otis College of Art and Design

Working with the Museum of Tolerance on such a powerful initiative is a tremendous opportunity for students to learn more about the history of these issues while using their creative skills to develop art that educates and aims to transform society.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 26, 2012

Civic engagement and social responsibility drive the mission and curriculum of Otis College of Art and Design. Partnering with the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, educators from Otis have developed a course of study focusing on sequential art and storytelling to address critical social issues facing society today.

“Using storytelling to get the point across has long been an effective way to keep an audience engaged and interested in a subject,” says Otis faculty member Candace Lavin. “Working with the Museum of Tolerance on such a powerful initiative is a tremendous opportunity for students to learn about the history of these issues while using their creative skills to develop art that educates and aims to transform society.”

Working in teams, students will develop allegorical scripts that take on issues such as cyberbullying, social profiling, or censorship, and devise ways to illustrate the story through trans-disciplinary methods. The end result may be anything from a graphic novel or animation, to sequential art rendered in sculpture, painting, or mixed media. The Museum of Tolerance will show the final projects in fall and spring.

Creative Action: An Integrated Learning Program provides all BFA students at Otis with collaborative and community experiences that extend beyond the boundaries of their major. Students work in trans-disciplinary teams in tandem with a community and/or corporate partner. They focus on team building, researching and addressing the needs of their partners, and implementing real-world solutions. The goal is to extend the traditional boundaries of the classroom, and to respond creatively to community challenges.

About the Museum of Tolerance
Recipient of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, the Museum of Tolerance is a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. http://www.museumoftolerance.com

About Otis College of Art and Design
Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu.