Upcoming Events

September 17: How to Organize and Manage Your Finances as a Creative, 1:00pm-4:00pm PDT

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to look at the money specific to your business vs. the money that you take home as a freelancer
  • How to organize your business financials to scale for growth
  • How to set up and manage a budget that you can stick to
  • How to set up revenue
  • Tips and tricks on what you can and can't write off for your work

Past Events

July 7-23: FROM 2D to 3D: Creating Collaborative, Hybrid Work in the Time of Isolation 

Calling all alumnx from the Class of 2015-2020: FROM 2D TO 3D is a three-week, remote course that brings together recent graduates from disparate media led by Roxie Perkins and Ellen Reid (Music Composition MFA 11) of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, p r i s m. Empower yourself with tools to work collaboratively with artists from other disciplines, manage projects from inception to completion, and confidently present and pitch your ideas.

June 29: California AB5: Everything You Need to Know as a Creative, 1:00pm PST

California "AB 5" (the bill that changed the way we legally classify independent contractors) has been a hot topic for many industries, including the arts community, since its passage in late 2019. Attorneys Sam Mazzeo and Olivia Phillips of Better APC will discuss the legislation and what it means for the arts moving forward.

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June 4: 2020 CalArts Costume Design Cocktail Mixer, 5:00pm PST

In this metier specific gathering, Costume Design alumnx will meet other costume alumnx, have the opportunity to share work, and learn to make a new cocktail crafted just for the occasion!

May 15: Graduation-ONLINE, 6:00pm PST

On May 15, 2020, more than 400 graduates will celebrate the conclusion of their studies at CalArts and be conferred their degrees. However, due to the social restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, CalArts and the Office of Student Experience has decided to produce a virtual, livestreamed ceremony so that students, alumni, family, and friends can celebrate our graduates from the safety and comfort of home.

Many alumni and other CalArtians were involved in producing this event. Thank you all for your hard work and generosity!

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May 15: CalArts Expo-ONLINE, 12:00pm PST

An entirely virtual event, the Expo features 120 projects by 484 CalArtians and offers visual art, short films, music, documentation of live and in-progress work, and more. Audiences can experience it in three ways—access through the Virtual Gallery; social media; and media playlists on Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, and Vimeo. All three virtual spaces are accessible at the Expo website.

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May 7: Managing Your Creative Practice During a Crisis with Eric Holter, 2:00pm PST

Managing Your Creative Practice Through a Crisis will help you prepare for the economic and business impact of the COVID-19 response on your creative practice. Though there will be tough times ahead, there are some significant long-term benefits for your practice, if you manage these challenges well.

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April 16: CalArts Alumni Digital Project Share #2, 1:00pm PST

Stay connected during this time of social distancing with the CalArts Alumnx Digital Project Share in the Alumni Association Facebook Group.

| Facebook Live |

April 13: CalArts on the Road: Boston, 5:30pm-8:30pm-CANCELLED

April 3: CalArts at USITT/CalArts on the Road: Houston, 6:30pm-8:30pm-CANCELLED

Mar. 26: CalArts Alumni Digital Project Share #1, 1:00pm PST

Stay connected during this time of social distancing with the CalArts Alumnx Digital Project Share in the Alumni Association Facebook Group.

| Facebook Live | 

Mar. 15: Special Viewing of 50 + 50: A Creative Century from Chouinard to CalArts, 2:00pm-CANCELLED

Mar. 15: CalArts at SXSW/CalArts on the Road: Austin, 7:30pm-9:30pm-CANCELLED

Mar. 19-22: GLAS Animation Festival-CANCELLED

Mar. 22: CalArts on the Road: Bay Area Bash at the GLAS Animation Festival: 3:00pm-5:00pm-CANCELLED

Mar. 6: Alumni Night at "Sweet Land", 4:00pm-7:30pm

Join CalArts in la at Sweet Land.  enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres at Angeleno Wine. Co., followed by a performance of The Industry's latest production which features 30 CalArtians!

Mar. 5: CalArts on the Road: New York: Gallery Walk in Chelsea, 6:00pm-8:00pm

6:00pm-7:00pm at Kasmin Gallery

Valley of Gold: Southern california and the Phantasmagoric features the work of six Chouinard alumni: John Baldessari (1931-2020), Larry Bell '59, Raul Guerrero '70, Robert Irwin '54, and Ed Ruscha '60

7:00pm-8:00pm at Lehman Maupin

Lari Pittman-Found Buried

L.A.-based artist Lari Pittman '74 & '76 presents a series of new paintings and works on paper that combine the genres of landscape, portraiture, and still life.  This is pittman's first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Please join Chouinard and CalArts alumni for the opening! This event is co-hosted by the galleries, along with CalArts Advancement and Alumni office team member, Gwen Strong.

Feb 29: Chouinard Art Institute Reunion, 10:00am-1:00pm

Honoring Barbara T. Smith, presented by Joe Goode, with a tribute to Donald W. Graham.  

Reconnect, celebrate Chouinard Art Institute's 99-year legacy, and hear from CalArts student-artists about their journey.

| The Andaz West Hollywood | 8401 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069 |


Feb. 20: Alumni Night at LA Opera: Eurydice, 7:30pm

Look for ticket information and registration in our e-newsletter, The Network

 | LA Opera | 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 |


Feb. 12: Professional Development Workshop: Marketing and Branding for Artists: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Alumni & Family Engagement is partnering with RISD Alumni Relations to present marketing and Branding for Artists!

Before you — make decisions, collaborate, sign contracts, or release content — have you thought, "How does this align with my brand?" This workshop looks at how to strategically market as part of an overall business model, which will help inform tactical decisions and executions.

Participants will learn:

  • How to develop a personal brand 
  • Focus on simple marketing 
  • Find a system that works for them 

This interactive workshop is suitable for artists and creatives of all disciplines and career stages.

 $15 special CalArts rate (the workshop normally costs $35 per person)

| Japanese American Cultural & Community Center | 244 S. Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 |

Feb. 9: Alumni Afternoon at Pasadena Playhouse: The Father: 2:00pm

50 free tickets are available to calartians for this matinee.  directed by jessica kubzansky (mfa theater '94).

| The Pasadena Playhouse | 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 |

Feb. 1: CalArts on the Road: Portland, 11:00am-2:00pm

Join us for a CalArts gathering in Portland! Roberta Margolis (BFA '88, MFA '90) will walk us through her group show, 2019 Pacific NW Drawers at Blue Sky Gallery.  Our afternoon will conclude with a festive group lunch.  

| Blue Sky Gallery | 122 NW 8th Avenue, Building B, Portland, OR 97209 |


Jan. 28: CalArts on the Road: Seattle, 5:00pm-7:30pm

Join us for a CalArts gathering in Seattle!  View the Silfurá installation as you enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and conversation with your fellow CalArtians.  Hear from the artist herself, Etta Lilienthal (BFA '97 MFA '99), a creative director, installation artist, scenographer, and painter.

| Threshold Gallery, Mithun Seattle | Pier 56, 1201 Alaskan Way #200, Seattle, WA 98101 |


Jan. 26: Exclusive CalArts screening of Klaus, 12:00pm-3:30pm

Director Sergio Pablos '92 will join us for a screening and Q&A of his Oscar-nominated film, Klaus.

| REDCAT | 631 West 2nd Street #200, Los Angeles, CA 90012 |


Nov. 20: CalArts on the Road: Atlanta, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Please join us for a gathering in Atlanta! CalArts alumni and families are invited to meet, mix, and (re)connect.

Parking: there is a lot in front of the main entrance and across Krog street.  There is also a parking deck with valet service located next to the restaurant on Krog Street.

| Bar Mercado | 99-v Krog Street, Atlanta, GA 30307 |

Nov. 18: CalArts on the Road: Brooklyn, 6:00pm-8:00pm

CalArts alumni and families are invited to meet, mix, and (re)connect over drinks and light bites.  Event is co-hosted by current parents Dan Wilby and Barbara Norman, along with Advancement and Alumni office team member Gwen Strong.

| Hollow Nickel | 494 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 |  

Nov. 14: Alumni night at Pasadena Playhouse: The Great Leap: 6:30pm-10:30pm

6:30pm: Pre-Show Reception Trejo's Cantina*

8:00pm: Performance of The Great Leap

| Pasadena Playhouse | 39 S El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 |

Nov. 7: CalArts x: 4th Annual Art Auction to benefit CAP, the CalArts Community Arts Partnership: 6:30pm-9:00pm

This annual benefit supports Southern California youth arts education programs.  This event features a silent auction of works by CalArts alumni and CAP participants.  Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will served.  Hosted by Susan Disney Lord.

 Alumni, faculty, and staff receive 20% off all ticket types.

| The Bel-Air Restaurant | 662 North Sepulvada Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049 |

Nov. 5: CalArts Happy Hour gathering for faculty & staff who are alumni: 4:00pm-7:00pm

We recognize that our alumni who have continued to serve calarts as faculty and staff hold a special connection within the community.  To celebrate you and your dedication, join us for a gathering in your honor.

This event is open to faculty and staff who are alumni of CalArts.  Full-time, part-time, and over-hire staff and faculty are all welcome.

Event features live music by the Ari Giancaterino trio, with Ari Giancaterino '19, Will Kjeer '19, and Ben Thomas '19.

| Black 'n Blue | 24300 Town Center Drive Suite #110 | Santa Clarita, CA 91355 |

Nov. 1: CalArts 48th Annual Halloween Party: Twisted Candyland: 10:00pm-2:30am

10:00pm: doors open; no entries past 12am


  • CalArts alumni*: $10 presale, $15 at the door; 2 guests permitted per person
  • CalArts faculty & staff: free with ID; 2 guests permitted per person
  • Guest** ticket: $15 presale, $20 at the door

Tickets can be purchased in person at the cashier's window or over the phone by calling the CalArts Accounting Cffice at 661-253-7846.

*In order to purchase tickets, alumni who graduated pre-2015 must email studentexperience@calarts.edu; include halloween alumni tickets in the subject line, and include your full name and year of graduation.

**Guests must be accompanied at all times; alumni, faculty, or staff with guests must remain with their guests throughout the party

| CalArts Campus | 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia CA 91355 |

Oct. 22: Alumni Night at REDCAT: Witkacy/Two-Headed Calf: 7:00pm-10:30pm

7:00pm: CalArts meetup at the REDCAT lounge, hosted by CalArts Alumni & Family Engagement

8:30pm: Performance of Witkacy/Two-Headed Calf

Free RSVP to CalArts meetup at REDCAT lounge

Discounted tickets while supplies last

$15* CalArts alumni/student ticket to Witkacy/Two-Headed Calf

$25* family/friend ticket to Witkacy/Two-Headed Calf

*includes 1 free parking voucher per party for the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking garage.  Enter from 2nd Street, and proceed to Level P3 for direct access to REDCAT.

All are encouraged to attend the CalArts meetup and the Witkacy performance.  Attendees can participate in either or both and do not have to attend the meetup to attend the performance, or vice-versa.

| REDCAT | 631 West 2nd Street | Los Angeles, CA 90012 |

Oct. 11 & 12: CalArts Weekend

| CalArts Campus | 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355 |