Friends of CalArts is a premier giving society of the Institute. Members include alumni, parents, and philanthropists dedicated to supporting the vision of CalArts through annual leadership gifts. 

Founded in 1971, the group’s ongoing generosity has helped the Institute award scholarships and provides many young artists with the resources and tools necessary to achieve their creative potential.  

Throughout the year, special programs and exclusive events are planned for Friends of CalArts members which highlight the very best of CalArts students, alumni, and faculty and others creating at the forefront of arts and culture.

Membership Levels and Benefits

Member's Circle: $2,500

CalArts Recent Alumni (1-5 years out) $250

CalArts Alumni (6+ years out): $1,000 

  • CalArts Tote
  • Invitation for you and a guest to attend exclusive Friends signature events in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco
  • 2 complimentary tickets to a REDCAT performance*
  • VIP seating for you and a guest to CalArts' Year-End Showcases at REDCAT*

Artist's Circle: $5,000 

All Member's benefits, plus:

  • Concierge service to assist with Institute and REDCAT Inquiries
  • VIP seating for you and a guest to the CalArts World Music and Dance Festival

Dean's Circle: $10,000 

All Artist's benefits, plus:

  • Invitation for you and a guest to CalArts' Jazz CD recording session at Capitol Studios*

Provost's Circle: $25,000 

All Dean's benefits, plus:

  • Private lunch with President Ravi Rajan
  • Invitation for you and a guest to CalArts' Character Animation Producers' Show*

President's Circle: $50,000 

All Provost's benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to an event at a private home with faculty

*Subject to availability, reservation required


Monthly payments are welcome!

Join Friends of CalArts today


For more information about Friends of CalArts, please contact Karolyn Heimes, Associate Director of Alumni and Family Engagement, at 661.222.2752 or email kheimes@calarts.edu.