Chapters and Ambassadors

You are never far away from CalArts. CalArts alumnx volunteers act as Ambassadors to the Institute around the globe, connecting and engaging their local communities. Our alumnx leaders and the Alumnx and Family Engagement team facilitate opportunities for you to meet, network, and collaborate with fellow CalArtians wherever you are, whether you are a local or a visitor. 

When groups of Ambassadors in geographic proximity to one another come together as leaders, we call those regional groups Chapters. Chapters and Ambassadors work with the Office of Alumnx and Family Engagement to curate, create, and host events, programs, and initiatives that benefit, strengthen, and support fellow alumnx.

If you would like to volunteer to join the rockstar ranks of our existing community of alumnx leaders, get in touch with our Assistant Director Sarah Van Sciver.

Ongoing Alumnx Ambassador Partnerships

  • Alumnx Night at the Bijou: on-campus hosted screenings of alumnx films
  • Ambassador Hour: alumnx ambassadors and families host incoming students and their families for a reception during Move-In weekend, welcoming and celebrating with new faces, fielding their questions about the CalArts experience
  • CalArts Weekend: alumnx ambassadors take part in festivities, welcoming and recruiting registrants and featured artists for the Institute's annual homecoming weekend on campus
  • Care Calls: annual calls made by alumnx ambassadors to congratulate graduates and speak with them about post-CalArts aspirations, projects, questions, and reflections
  • Grads of Last Decade (GOLD) event and Open Seasonal multimedia open mic: annual gathering with alumnx ambassadors as hosts; gathers recent graduates for a multimedia open mic and gallery gathering for alumnx to network and celebrate as well as showcase and share their projects with peers
  • Graduating Students' Dinner: annual gathering with alumnx ambassadors as hosts; dinner celebration on campus that celebrates, congratulates, and inducts graduating students into the alumnx association (membership is automatic and free of charge to all CalArts graduates)
  • Holiday Market: alumnx ambassadors take part as vendors or attendees, welcoming and recruiting registrants, attendees, and featured artists for this annual pop-up shop market on campus

Past Events Presented in Partnership with Ambassadors

  • February 21, 2019: LA Chapter presents Figure Drawing Night #2 at Open the Portal
  • February 13, 2019: NY alumnx/College Art Association meetup at Faces and Names
  • January 18, 2019: LA Chapter presents Figure Drawing Night #1 at Open the Portal
  • January 6, 2019: Portland alumnx meetup
  • November 17, 2018: LA Chapter at Open the Portal talk "Stop Motion as a Special Effect"
  • September 29, 2018: LA alumnx outing to the LA Opera "Don Carlo"
  • May 13, 2018: LA Chapter outing to LA Master Chorale's Reid and Riley
  • April 28, 2018: Santa Clarita Chapter meetup at the World Music Festival
  • March 26, 2018: LA Chapter meetup
  • March 25, 2018: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Bash at GLAS Animation Festival
  • February 23, 2018: LA alumnx/College Art Association meetup at Barcito
  • December 16, 2017: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter outing for Wadada Leo Smith concert at the Lab
  • December 12, 2017: Atlanta alumnx meetup at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • December 7, 2017: LA and Santa Clarita Chapters Holiday Party, in partnership with Otis Alumni
  • November 19, 2017: NY Chapter outing at Spongebob Squarepants the Musical on Broadway
  • September 21, 2017: Santa Clarita Chapter outing at the Main
  • September 14, 2017: LA alumnx outing to the LA Opera "Carmen"
  • August 17, 2017: Boston Chapter gathering, remembering Jules Engel
  • August 15, 2017: Philadelphia alumnx outing to indie film festival at L'Etage
  • July 27, 2017: LA and Santa Clarita Chapters at sp[a]ce Gallery
  • July 24, 2017: LA Chapter meetup
  • July 15, 2017: LA Chapter alumnx Beach Party
  • June 9, 2017: Venice, Italy alumnx meetup
  • April 27, 2017: LA alumnx outing to the LA Opera "Tosca"
  • April 7, 2017: Boston Chapter art show opening night gathering at "All Together Now," featuring artworks exclusively by CalArts alumnx artists of New England
  • April 6, 2017: NY Chapter outing to Casablancabox performance
  • April 4, 2017: LA and Santa Clarita Chapters gathering for alumnx to meet incoming CalArts President, Ravi Rajan at REDCAT
  • March 27, 2017: LA Chapter meetup
  • March 10, 2017: St. Louis alumnx meetup
  • March 5, 2017: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Bash at GLAS Animation Festival
  • February 27, 2017: NY Chapter meetup
  • February 27, 2017: LA Chapter meetup
  • February 23, 2017: LA Chapter at Open the Portal talk "Keeping Your Artistic Vision Alive"
  • February 17, 2017: NY alumnx/College Art Association meetup at Faces and Names
  • January 30, 2017: NY Chapter meetup at Cienfuegos
  • January 23, 2017: NY Chapter the Little Prince screening
  • January 15, 2017: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter meetup
  • December 1, 2016: LA and Santa Clarita Chapters Holiday Party, in partnership with Otis Alumni and Art Center Alumni
  • November 21, 2016: NY Chapter meetup at Lillies
  • November 19, 2016: LA and Santa Clarita Chapters outing to Getty Villa
  • November 18, 2016: NY Chapter outing to National Sawdust
  • October 27, 2016: Santa Clarita Chapter outing to Steven Lavine talk at ARTree
  • October 22, 2016: LA Chapter at JAUS Gallery
  • October 1, 2016: LA Chapter Henry Selick screening
  • September 10, 2016: LA Chapter outing to Brand Library
  • August 28. 2016: LA Chapter alumnx Beach Party
  • July 30, 2016: Boston Chapter outing to Sculpture Garden
  • July 7, 2016: New Zealand Gathering
  • May 10, 2016: LA alumnx outing to the LA Opera
  • April 10, 2016: LA Chapter outing for Shelter performance
  • February 10, 2016: LA Chapter night out at REDCAT Wooster Group Performance