CalArts Mutual Aid Network Survey

CalArts Mutual Aid Network connects members of the CalArts community with each other and with other communities to give and receive help in times of crisis and beyond. Recently initiated by alumnx volunteers, CAMAN is a communally sustained, exchange-driven space for seeking and fulfilling needs, proposing and participating in projects, and directing creative practices towards mutual aid initiatives.

Through the survey below, we seek to identify both the volunteer interests and the needs of our community. If you have a need or would like to help fulfill the needs of others, this network will enable you to connect.

CalArts Mutual Aid Network Survey

You are also invited to follow the CalArts Mutual Aid Network online:

Follow the CalArts Mutual Aid Network Discord Channel

Follow the CalArts Mutual Aid Network Facebook Page

UPCOMING EVENTS

Stay tuned for upcoming CalArts Mutual Aid Network (CAMAN) events!

PAST EVENTS

September 20: Conversation on Non-Citizen Artists, presented by the CalArts Mutual Aid Network (CAMAN), 5:00pm -6:00pm PTD

Featured contributors: 

  • Geoff Trenchard
  • Barnett Cohen (Art MFA 14)

In this live-streamed conversation, Barnett Cohen (Art MFA 14), artist and activist, will engage in conversation with accomplished immigration attorney Geoff Trenchard on issues that concern non-citizen artists in the rapidly evolving landscape of the US today. What are the political rights of non-citizens in the US (Can I participate in protests? What can I post on social media?)? What public charge rules apply to non-citizens? What are sustainable, legal ways to be a nomadic artist working across borders? What are ways to volunteer for immigration justice? Audiences will have a chance to ask questions in real-time via chat.

Conversation on Art and Wellness is a virtual event supported by the CalArts Mutual Aid Network and the CalArts Office of Alumni & Family Engagement.

August 16: Conversation on Creativity and Wellness + Screening of Psalms 30, presented by the CalArts Mutual Aid Network (CAMAN)

This virtual event was live-streamed on the event page and on the CalArts Mutual Aid Network Facebook page.

Facilitated by Shaina (Theater MFA 17)

Panelists:
Preston Butler III (Theater MFA 17)
Eyvind Kang (Faculty, Music)
Randé Dorn (Dance MFA 00, Counselor for the CalArts Office of Student Experience)
Christopher Ortega

Conversation on Art and Wellness is a virtual event supported by the CalArts Mutual Aid Network and the CalArts Office of Alumni & Family Engagement.

This event will begin with an exclusive first look of, Psalms 30: A Short Film, a mini-documentary by Preston Butler III. Following the screening, artists from various disciplines and wellness specialists will engage in a panel discussion around the topic of creativity and mental health. Tune in to hear interdisciplinary perspectives at the intersection of art and wellness and learn about practical tools on how to maintain well-being as an artist during the pandemic and beyond.


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 Director, Harmony Frederick at hfrederick@calarts.edu

Current Active Chapters:


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

  • August 16, 2020: Conversation on Creativity and Wellness + Screening of Psalms 30, presented by the CalArts Mutual Aid Network (CAMAN)
  • July 7-23, 2020: From 2D to 3D: Creating Collaborative, Hybrid Work in the Time of Isolation and Beyond
  • June 23, 2020: Alumni to Alumni Mentor Program Orientation 
  • June 4, 2020: CalArts Costume Design Cocktail Mixer
  • May 15, 2020: CalArts 2020 Virtual Graduation
  • May 15, 2020: CalArts Expo 2020
  • April 16, 2020: CalArts Alumnx Digital Project Share #2
  • March 26, 2020: CalArts Alumnx Digital Project Share #1
  • March 6, 2020: Alumnx Night at the Industry: "Sweet Land"
  • March 5, 2020: Alumnx on the Road: Art Walk in Chelsea
  • February 29, 2020: Chouinard Reunion Luncheon
  • February 20, 2020: Alumnx outing to the LA Opera "Eurydice
  • February 9, 2020: Alumnx Afternoon at Pasadena Playhouse: "The Father"
  • February 1, 2020: Alumnx CalArts on the Road: Portland
  • January 28, 2020: Alumnx CalArts on the Road: Seattle
  • January 12, 2020: Santa Clarita Chapter meeting
  • November 20, 2019: Alumnx CalArts on the Road: Atlanta
  • November 18, 2019: Alumnx CalArts on the Road: Brooklyn
  • November 14, 2019: Alumnx Night at Pasadena Playhouse: "The Great Leap"
  • October 22, 2019: Alumnx Night at REDCAT: "Witkacy"
  • October 12, 2019: Alumnx Reunion at CalArts Weekend
  • September 27, 2019: LA Chapter presents Figure Drawing Night #5 at Open the Portal
  • September 14, 2019: LA alumnx outing to the LA Opera "La Bohème"
  • August 31, 2019: Alumnx Ambassador Hour at Student Orientation 
  • August 22, 2019: LA Chapter presents Figure Drawing Night #4 at Open the Portal
  • May 17, 2019: Alumnx Parade of the Decades as part of CalArts Graduation 2019
  • May 5, 2019: Alumnx meetup at the World Music Festival
  • March 29, 2019: LA Chapter presents Figure Drawing Night #3 at Open the Portal
  • March 29, 2019: Santa Clarita Chapter at Artquinoxen #1
  • March 16, 2019: LA alumnx Gathering at Other Places Arts Fair (OPAF)
  • March 5, 2019: Alumni to Alumni Mentor Program Orientation 
  • 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 24, 2018: Alumni to Alumni Mentor Program Orientation 
  • 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