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JACOB’S LADDER by renowned kite maker Tom Van Sant was a featured design at a previous Otis College of Art and Design Kite Festival. Van Sant and other kite makers will return for this year’s festival Sunday, April 14 on the beach north of the Santa Monica Pier.

JACOB’S LADDER by renowned kite maker Tom Van Sant was a featured design at a previous Otis College of Art and Design Kite Festival. Van Sant and other kite makers will return for this year’s festival Sunday, April 14 on the beach north of the Santa Monica Pier.

Westchester’s Otis College of Art and Design will hold its second annual Kite Festival on the beach near the Santa Monica Pier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14.
The event was created in an effort to bring families and communities throughout Los Angeles together with Otis College of Art and Design to fly kites with a variety of artful designs.
Children from the organizations Urban Compass, Junior Blind of America, Children’s Bureau and St. Jude’s Hospital plan to come to the beach to fly and create their own lightweight kites. Otis students and alumni will join them for a fun-filled day of kite flying, caricature drawing, sand castle building and face painting.
Headlining a day of flying kites and other inflatables will be world-renowned kite maker Tom Van Sant. In addition, a kite performance will be given by acclaimed kite makers Melanie Walker and George Peters.
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 $8. Admission to the kite festival is free.
“This is a fantastic event for the whole family,” said Richard Shelton, director of integrated learning at Otis College of Art and Design. “Kids will have an opportunity to work on their own creation and watch some truly inspiring kites take to the skies.”