The Council works with the Institute through the Office of Alumnx and Family Engagement to provide initiatives and resources that support fellow graduates. Council leaders include a Chair and a Representative to the Board of Trustees. Each member has generously volunteered their time to reinforce the CalArts community.


Council Members

Clarissa Crawford (Theater MFA 15; Theater Producer) 

John D'Amico (Critical Studies MA 09; Mayor of West Hollywood; current West Hollywood City Councilperson) 

Alexi Gehring (Photography and Media BFA 00, Film/Video MFA 03; Fine Arts Photographer and Experimental Video Artist)

Kali Nikitas (Art MFA 90; Graphic Designer; Chair, Communication Arts and MFA Graphic Design Program, Otis College of Art and Design; Arts Commissioner at Large, City of Inglewood). 

Chair: John Schwerbel (Music BFA 14, Artistic Planning Coordinator, Los Angeles Philharmonic) 


About the Grant Programs

Alumnx Council Seed Grants

Alumnx Council Seed Grants are a pathway of giving that allows the Institute to fund alumnx artists in order to support ongoing projects, events, and happenings. The Seed Grants encourage artistic collaboration, and cultivate connection and inclusion within the CalArts community while broadening its artistic impact globally.

Grants may be applied toward expenses such as, but not limited to, production, equipment, rentals, supplies, hospitality, printing, promotions, etc. proposed projects should be open to and shareable with the alumnx community; weblinks, prints, exhibits, RSVP and/or registration (for events) are allowable and recommended. The goal is for the end product to be accessible to the alumnx community. 

Twelve grants of $500 each will be awarded in the 2019-20 year. 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. to lend your support to the CalArts Fund, visit this link.
  

Graphic Design Alumnx Grants

The program in Graphic Design is offering six $500 grants for Graphic Design alumnx. These grants are meant to support alumnx in realizing self-directed projects. The grants are made possible by funds generated by Graphic Design faculty members, 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.

 Deliverables as Part of the Partnership

We ask grantees for the following as part of the partnership with the alumnx council and wider alumni community: 
 

  • Ability to share the product/project/event with the alumnx and the calarts community and invite attendance/participation.
  • Images of the product/project/event sent to alumni@calarts.edu within a week of completion
  • Documentation of project/event examples include process documents, copy of the work, attendee sign-in sheets, event registration print outs, etc.
  • A brief write-up about your project and experience with receiving a grant following the award

*These items will be utilized by the alumnx engagement office to help demonstrate the community impact of the grants program.

 Spring 2020 Deadlines & Selection Information

  •  Application: Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 5pm PST: Alumnx Seed Grant applications will open on April 1, 2020
  • Award Notification: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • Disbursement: by Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Seed Grant applications are evaluated by the Alumnx Council twice per academic year. 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. Twelve awards will be granted in the 2019-20 (six awards in two grant cycles) year. 

Six $500 Graphic Design Alumnx grants will be issued in spring 2020. A select number of Graphic Design faculty will conduct a blind scoring process of all applications received. 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. 

It is the responsibility of the recipient to responsibly steward awarded funds and consult their tax professional regarding declaring such funds.

To lend your support to the CalArts Fund, which helps to contribute to initiatives like the alumnx council grants, click on the button below: 

Give to the CalArts Fund

Fall 2019 Awardees

Awardee's Name

Alumni Collaborators

Project Title & Description

 Project Links

Emily Call Sean Deyoe, Carmina Escobar, Madeline Falcone, Julia Holter, Betsy Rettig, Laura Steenberge, David Rosenboom (Dean of the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts) Isaura String Quartet presents: hum
An immersive concert, hum brings together CalArts artists from music, theater, visual arts, and creative tech to explore unexpected transformations.
https://www.redcat.org/event/isaura-string-quartet-hum

http://isaurastringquartet.com/programs#/hum
Andrea Gise Knowlton Justin Scheid, Shane Raiford, Bryanna Brock, Dina Lasso; this work will receive its west coast premiere as part of a split bill show, shared with Rebecca Lemme This Land
A choreographic work at the intersection of border politics and environmental crisis. It explores town lines, party lines, scarcity and privilege.
https://vimeo.com/374435876

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jKVNu6WlK0YuvmQ93N53IOkwRmg7oJl9
Christine Marie Daniel Corral Break Through : (antiquated) Augmented Reality : Section II
40-foot shadows of dancers breakthrough to become fully dimensional- in a vivid, real-time, analog 3D, celebratory defiance of the Male Gaze that dominated 20th-century media.
https://www.antiquatedar.com

http://spinalfrog.com/piece/antiquated-augmented-reality
Luke Martin
Aaron Foster Breilyn, Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu, Michael Pisaro (CalArts Faculty) The Co-Incidence Festival (2020) is based on an expanded view art and music. Following Black Mountain College, it brings together radical artists to take part in an event curated as social sculpture. http://www.coincidencefestival.com
Laura Sofia Perez
How to Love a Place so the Children Will Love their Land
Based on the significant narrative contrasts found between history books and more recent anthropological studies regarding the wiping of Puerto Rico’s indigenous people; a video installation composed of interviews and images of the island’s natural landscapes.
https://laurasofiaperez.com/how-to-love-a-place
Kalean Ung
Marina McClure, Hsuan Kuang Hsieh, Chu-hsuan Chang, Mark Kanieff, Beryl Brachman Letters From Home
An interdisciplinary solo theatre performance that uses multimedia practices to tell the story of a Cambodian-American woman as she explores her connection to her family, her legacy, and the art of her father.
http://illuminations.uci.edu/events/2020_02_13_Letters_from_Home.html

http://theatreghost.org/?p=2562


Spring 2019 Awardees

Awardee's Name

Alumni Collaborators

Project Title & Description

 Project Links

Fernando Belo Valentina Pelayo República Madalena is a short documentary about student housing at the University of São by the Brazilian military government in the 60s. https://www.163films.com/republica-madalena
Kathryn Falcone
The Reapers at Woodbrock is a new play written by Local Playwright Mardee Bennett and produced by CalArts alumni Kathryn Falcone through her theatre company The Collaborative Theater. This script delves into Baltimore community and the importance of history and family legacy.  
Rafael Luna
Jason Oberman, Serena Hughes  A Shift in Color is a project consisting of a 5 track EP of original compositions for flute and guitar. Experimental animator Serena Hughes will create album art based off of the music.
https://open.spotify.com/album/6oof6nREWIPai4hwbf42th
Jody Zellon
Brian Moss
What's on Los Angeles is a mobile-friendly website and mobile app offering a comprehensive weekly listing of local arts exhibitions, openings, and closings in Los Angeles. http://www.whatsonlosangeles.com/
Heidi Jo Gilbert
Glen Keane, Jennifer Hager, Minkyu Lee, Jenny Lerew, Adrian Molina, Steven Mcleod, Joel Crawford, John Sanford, Craig McCracken
A section of animation drawings from the song "Part of Your World" were stolen in the 1990's. This podcast will leverage CalArts alumni to locate and restore the drawings to their creator, Glen Keane, exploring both his and the song's impact on the next generation of the animation industry.  

Fall 2018 Awardees

Awardee's Name Alumni Collaborators Project Title & Description  Project Links
Harold Abramowitz
RAD! Residencies is a new critical-creative literary series that hosts writers to participate in three related events over a defined period of time. It is centered around a question or theme that they are currently exploring in their work to create a community around urgent topics. https://www.facebook.com/events/369663197153494/
Soyeon Kim Tom Hemker The Sun and The Wind is a short narrative film that is apart of an on-going production. Based on the Aesop's Fable moral "kindness effects more than severity", this film introduces the plot of a dispute between the Sun and the Wind to figure out the superiority between the two.
https://www.soyeonkimart.com/The-Sun-The-Wind
Edda Kelly Ariel Hart, Vashti Harrison Books for Babes is an arts festival aimed at highlighting female artists via providing children's feminist books to underprivileged women in shelters. https://www.thebooksforbabes.org
Shaina Simmons Julian Karahalios, Monty Cole, Andrew Lish, Neha Sobti Shaina Shaina Shaina is filming the pilot for the second season of the web series Shaina Shaina. It is a comedic series at the intersections of being black, a woman, and living in the 45 era. https://www.youtube.com/user/ShainaLynnTV
Lucas Martin Aaron Foster Breilyn, Ben Levinson, Amy Golden Co-Incidence is a music festival based on an expanded view of art and music. Following Black Mt. College, it brings together radical artists to take part in an event curated as a social sculpture. https://blog.calarts.edu/2018/01/18/calartians-take-part-in-the-co-incidence-festival-jan-19-28/


Spring 2018 Awardees

Awardee's Name Alumni Collaborators Project Title & Description Project Links
Joanna Swan John Martin, Darcy Huebler, Kayla Ephros, Nathalie Casagram Lopez, John Olivo, Zach Vidal Open Drawing is a drawing session for introspective, collaborative, and nonjudgmental art making. https://lacarchive.com/item/incomplete-record-open-drawing
Hanul Bahm Fabian Euresti Detonator is a CalArts alumni-driven online arts discovery portal and digital zine. http://www.detonate.work/about
Alexis MacNab Thadeus Reed, Tane Kawasaki, Sam Breen, Hilario Saavedra, Caitlyn Conlin, Ryan Masson, Nikhil Pai, Nora King, Jacob Gibson, Erica Carpenter, Nils Jansson Home combines puppetry, video design, and physical theater to explore themes of exile, transience, and displacement. http://alexismacnab.com/home-show
Daniel McNamara
Mobile Object for Drawing (MOD) is a mobile live-animation projection device, at the Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction Conference. http://alimomeni.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2018_TEI__MOD__revisions_-5_opt.pdf
Yanyu Dong Rajee Samarasinghe, Yu Chen, Aashish Khan, Pin-Hua Chen, John Hawk  Ayesha is an imaginary biography of my mother who, in her youth, dreamed of being a Bollywood dancer. In a lush fantasy through India, I reclaim her destiny and desires lost in another age. https://www.yanyudong.org/ayesha-1


Fall 2017 Awardees

Awardee's Name
Alumni Collaborators                      Project Title & Description
 Project Links      
John Henningsen Alison Keating, Jesse Garrison, Zach Davidson
Galleria was a massive undertaking involving the collaboration of 8 musicians, crossing the disciplines of music, sculpture, performance, writing, and costuming. This subject matter focuses directly on Indigenous, specifically Oglala Lakota, epistemologies through the investigation.  https://www.thymelearts.com
Alison Keating
Wild Art Group is an arts company created to give post-graduate CalArts artists an opportunity to show and experiment with works in progress. https://www.facebook.com/wildartgroup
Suzanne Kite Eyvind King (faculty), Kemancheh, Marilu Donovan, Matthew Clough Hunter, Matthew Allen, Hannah Lawton, Mint Park, Devin Ronneberg
Everything I Say is True was a massive undertaking involving the collaboration of 8 musicians, crossing the disciplines of music, sculpture, performance, writing, and costuming. This subject matter focuses directly on Indigenous, specifically Oglala Lakota, epistemologies through the investigation.
http://kitekitekitekite.com/portfolio/items/everything-i-say-is-true/
Kestrel Leah Brigette Dunn-Korpela, Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh, David Moyer, Nathan Nonhof, Craig Gibson, Emma Green Alarm is highly inter-disciplinary, combining a wide range of different artistic skills and cultural perspectives. In response to racial and economic segregation and rising tendencies of nationalism, we make a conscious effort to foster international collaboration. http://dashasur.com/alarminstallation/


Dany Naierman
Tanya Orellana, Rose Malone, Alexandra Escobar Port Capa: Layers Become Landscapes originated as a New Works Festival 2017 show, and continues as an integral CalArts endeavor. There are hints that we will form a company, and our connection to teach other and the CalArts community is stronger every day. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/port-capa#/