With so many options for giving to CalArts, we have developed a list of specific fundraising initiatives to assist alumni, parents, and friends in their gift, memorial, endowment or bequest considerations. 

Some of these funding priorities are listed below. Additional areas of focus may be available, so please don’t hesitate to contact The Office of Advancement if you are interested in supporting a specific program or initiative.

Current Use Giving

Special Opportunity–CalArts Travel Scotland 2018

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Graduating Actors Showcase Fund

Contributions enable CalArts School of Theater graduating BFA and MFA actors to prepare showcase performances in New York and Los Angeles for industry professionals, including producers, agents, managers, casting directors and theater companies. Learn more.

CalArts Festival Theater Edinburgh Program Fund

Contributions enable CalArts’ School of Theater to present work in the Edinburgh Theatre Festival Fringe, held each summer in Scotland. Learn more.

Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Program Fund

Contributions make possible CAP’s impactful youth arts programs throughout Los Angeles. Learn more.

Leo Hobaica Jr. Scholarship Fund

This scholarship honors the memory of a beloved CalArts faculty member who challenged and nurtured students to become the best artists they possibly could be. Learn more.

Katie Jacobson Writer-in-Residence Fund

Honoring the memory of a talented CalArts student, this fund supports the annual visit of a distinguished writer who interacts closely with students during the residency. Learn more.

Patty Disney Center for Life & Work Program Fund

Contributions support a variety of programs for students and alumni to achieve their creative and professional goals. Learn more.

Allan Sekula Social Documentary Fund

Honoring the memory of an influential CalArts faculty member, this fund provides grants for students working in the social documentary genre. Learn more.



Endowment Giving

Creating an endowment is one of the most valuable ways to support CalArts, since it benefits students and programs in perpetuity. New endowment funds require a minimum of $50,000 payable over three years. If you are interested in learning more about creating an endowment, please contact Sally Bickerton, Director of Leadership Gifts, at 661.253.7728, or email giving@calarts.edu.

JJ Adkisson Memorial Scholarship Fund

With unbridled passion, creativity, intelligence and talent—as well as a remarkable work ethic—JJ Adkisson (School of Art-Graphic Design BFA 2) was on his way to becoming an outstanding designer. On July 15, 2016, his life was cut short when he died in tragic car accident with his best friend. In loving memory of JJ, his family and friends have established this endowed scholarship to support exceptional young artists studying graphic design at CalArts. Learn more.

Charlie Haden Jazz Scholarship

In honor of the legendary jazz innovator and founder of the Institute’s Jazz Studies Program, this endowed scholarship enables committed and talented jazz musicians to pursue their creative and career goals with essential tuition support. Learn more.

Steven D. Lavine Presidential Scholarships

In honor of President Emeritus Lavine’s nearly three decades of leadership (1988-2017), this endowed scholarship will enable generations of students to pursue their dream of developing their art practices at CalArts. For more information about this scholarship, please contact Sally Bickerton, Director of Leadership Gifts, at 661-253-7728, giving@calarts.edu.

Susie Allen Scholarship Endowment at CalArts

In memory of the beloved CalArts music faculty member and internationally renowned harpist, celebrated for her performance of new and improvised music, this endowed scholarship enables exceptional music students to pursue their studies and expand their musical talents at CalArts. Learn more.

Lorraine E. Tedder Memorial Fund

Established by talent manager Sam Schwartz in memory of a CalArts alumna to support aspiring students in the School of Art. Learn more.