Professional Development Resources Overview

The Institute strives to support our alumni community with a multitude of professional development programs to help foster growth and community.


We find presenters as well as facilitate alumni-to-alumni talks. We welcome you to share your expertise on a particular topic with fellow CalArtians. Past topics include how to pitch your script, social media for artists, and maintaining your creative vision while managing professional relationships. 

Workshops are presented on a volunteer basis and are hosted in Los Angeles or virtually. Presentations run 45 minutes with an additional 15-30 minutes for Q & A. Your workshop may be live streamed or recorded to share with the CalArts community. The Alumnx Office presents 2-4 Peer Knowledge Share Workshops a year and will move forward with complete submissions that best fit the needs and requests of the community.

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Past Workshops

  • May 7, 2020: Managing Your Creative Practice During a Crisis with Eric Holter
  • February 12, 2020: Marketing and Branding for Artists with Katrina Frye
  • July 31, 2019: Grant Writing Workshop with Cathy Akers '06
  • January 24, 2019: Taxes for Artists with Emily Churchill
  • July 18, 2018: Facebook and Instagram Skills for Artists with Kyle Henry '13
  • June 26, 2018: Digital Marketing and Social Media as a Business Tool with B. Neimeth '16
  • May 29, 2018: Budgeting for Artists with John Henningsen '15
  • August 3, 2017: Copyright for Creative Professionals with Sarah Van Sciver '16
  • June 15, 2017: Zen and the Art of Professional Relationships with Reynier Molenaar '00
  • February 8, 2017: Alumni Entrepreneur Panel with David Braun '13, Harmony Jiroudek '05 & '07, Tina Tangalakis '00, and Leslie Scott '16
  • January 28, 2017: Deducting Your Creative Career with Scott Rubenstein
  • July 28, 2016: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews with Rita Soultanian
  • June 15, 2016: Grant Writing with Cathy Akers '06
  • March 18, 2016: Fractured Atlas with Dianne Debicella

Career Services at The Patty Disney Center for Life and Work

The Center for Life and Work provides a multitude of professional development resources for alumnx. Visit their website for information about professional development eventsjob search resources, and more.

Career Services

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