Alumnx Council and Alumnx Graphic Design Seed Grants will be open from Thursday, November 12 through Monday, November 30, 2020!
Alumnx Council Seed Grants
Alumnx Council Seed Grants support ongoing projects, events, and happenings by CalArts alumnx. These grants foster community, cultivate inclusion, and broaden our community’s artistic impact globally.
We encourage proposals that are collaborative, experimental, reflect our community’s diversity, and involve the participation of multiple alumnx. This initiative values partnership among CalArts, the alumnx community, and the Alumnx Council.
Grants may be applied toward expenses such as production, equipment, rentals, supplies, hospitality, printing, promotions, etc. Proposed projects should be open to and shareable with the alumnx community, including weblinks, prints, exhibits, RSVP and/or registration (for events).
Twelve grants of $500 each will be awarded in 2020–21 (two grant cycles with six awards each). These grants are funded by the Office of Alumnx Engagement via the CalArts Fund, the primary vehicle by which alumnx support their schools, scholarships, students, and initiatives like this. (Find out how to lend your support to the CalArts Fund.)
Graphic Design Alumnx Grants
The program in Graphic Design is offering ten $500 grants for graphic design alumnx in 2020–21 (two grant cycles with five awards each). These grants support alumnx in realizing self-directed projects. The grants are made possible by funds generated by graphic design faculty members and alumnx, including Yasmin Gibson MFA ’05, Roman Jaster BFA ’07, Anther Kiley, Randy Nakamura MFA ’05, Louise Sandhaus BFA ’93 & MFA ’94, Gail Swanlund MFA ’92, Lorraine Wild, and Michael Worthington MFA ’95.
Applicants must be an alum of the CalArts Graphic Design program to apply.
Selection and Deadlines
Both applications will be open from November 12–30, 2020. Not every proposal is funded. Funds are disbursed approximately 2–3 weeks after award notifications are made and all necessary paperwork has been submitted from the grantee to CalArts.
Seed Grant Applications are evaluated by the Alumnx Council twice per academic year. Not every proposal is funded. Graphic Design Alumnx Grants are evaluated by a select number of Graphic Design faculty and alumnx twice per academic year. It is the responsibility of the recipient to steward awarded funds and consult their tax professional regarding declaring such funds.
If you are awarded a Seed Grant, you will not be eligible to apply again until a year from your awarded cycle. For example, if you are awarded a grant in Fall 2020, you cannot apply for the Spring 2021 cycle, but will be eligible again to apply in Fall 2021