Community invited to help create “gallery in the sky” at Otis’ Annual Kite Festival

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4/08/16 Update: IN CASE OF RAIN
If the weather does not cooperate on Saturday, shuttles will take participants back to Otis’ Main campus on Lincoln Blvd. where kite workshops will still take place. Stay tuned on Otis’ Facebook and Twitter for day-of updates.

Thousands of art enthusiasts, families and students will flock to  Santa Monica Beach on Saturday, April 9 for Otis College of Art and Design’s Fifth Annual Kite Festival, created by the college’s Creative Action Program.

At the event, world-renowned kite artists and kite makers will showcase their highly-stylized kites helping create a “gallery in the sky” of colorful shapes and designs for onlookers and attendees to enjoy.

Otis students will be on hand to assist festival-goers make and design their own kites and organizers have enough supplies for participants to create 3,000 of them, thanks to the support of local groups like the Drollinger Charitable Foundation, La Tijera Village and Home Depot. A workshop for kids will help teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts  that apply to kite-making including color theory, design, the physics of flight and more.

“You and your family can make kites with Otis students and see some of the most breathtaking aerial sculptures recently made by professional kite artists,” says Otis’ Director of Integrated Learning Richard Shelton, who oversees the Creative Action Program. “It is a fun and engaging educational experience and the perfect event to celebrate the beginning of spring.”

The event will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Santa Monica Pier for $12.

For more info, please visit otis.edu.

Pictured: Festival-goers fly kites at last year’s Kite Festival. Photo By Allison Knight.