Friends of CalArts is a special giving society of CalArts whose members represent some of the most influential and philanthropic arts patrons in Southern California and across the country.

Founded in 1990, the group’s extraordinary generosity has enabled the Institute to award scholarship grants to the vast majority of its students and to provide them with the resources and tools necessary to achieve their artistic potential. Members include alumni and parents, as well as philanthropists, who are dedicated to supporting the Institute’s vision and excellence through annual leadership gifts. Throughout the year, special programs are planned for the group that highlight the very best of CalArts and bring them closer to the arts.

Membership Levels and Benefits

Member: $2,500 | Alumni: $1,000 | Young Alumni (1–5 years out) $250

    • Invitation to exclusive Friends of CalArts events with President Ravi S. Rajan and CalArts leadership
    • Designated CalArts staff member to assist with Institute inquiries
    • Up-to-date information regarding significant CalArts news and events
    • A complimentary subscription to The Pool magazine

Patron: $5,000

All Member benefits, plus:

    • 2 complimentary tickets to a REDCAT performance (subject to availability) or a year-end showcase of your choice on campus

Benefactor: $10,000

All Member benefits, plus:

    • 4 complimentary tickets to a REDCAT performance (subject to availability) or year-end showcase of your choice on campus
    • Private tour of the CalArts Costume Shop or Music Tech Machine Room

President's Club: $25,000

All Benefactor benefits, plus:

    • Private lunch with President Ravi S. Rajan 
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For more information about this diverse and exciting group of CalArts supporters, please call the CalArts Advancement Office at 661.222.2747 or email


Friends of CalArts membership begins at $2,500, made annually or as a monthly donation. CalArts alumni from the past 7 years are encouraged to begin their philanthropic support of their alma mater by joining Friends of CalArts with a gift of $250, and alumni from the past 8 to 15 years are invited to join with a gift of $1,000.

Make a gift today.