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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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The California Endowment

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Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

Deadline: December 31
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Deadline: January 16
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Deadline: February 23
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Nov152010

Ann Gray's Take on the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the LA Region 

This past Wednesday I attended one of my favorite events of the business year—the presentation of the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region. For those of you not familiar with this annual event, Otis partners with the LA Economic Development Corporation to assess the size, breadth, and impact of the creative industries locally. This year it was held in the theater at the Colburn School downtown. It is always at the crack of dawn and preceded by coffee and pastries, a chance for me to catch up with artistic friends that I don’t happen across the rest of the year. Otis President Sammy Hoi is truly one of LA’s treasures.

The presenters are brilliant economists, riveting speakers, and I always come away with a heightened respect for all of us who toil in the creative businesses and (every year I am surprised by this) a large appreciation of the state of California that is such a hospitable home for us.
The report is published and quite thick and detailed so I will summarize here some of the more interesting findings for 2009.
•    Locally the creative industries are #2 in size after tourism
•    1 in every 6 jobs in Los Angeles and Orange counties is tied to the creative industries
•    In LA/OC they account for $286 billion in economic output and $4.6 billion in local and state taxed paid
•    In the LA metro area there are 3 times as many creatively employed as there are in the country as a whole

One of the highlights was Rocco Landesman, the Chairman of the NEA. He pointed out the obvious, wherever artists move urban redevelopment follows. He has used his position to reach out to Obama’s cabinet secretaries to find ways to incorporate artist housing and spaces in their plans for urban redevelopment and creative programs in accomplishing their missions. This includes HUD (to subsidize artist housing), DOT (for integration of art in transit projects), Education, Agriculture, and HHS (in the realm of mental health and child development). His vision is one where the arts are a routine component of federal domestic policy.
If you get a chance to attend next year, jump at it.

For more information on the event, click here.

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