Press Releases

Update re: CalArts ongoing response to COVID-19

Valencia, CA, March 11—Last night (March 10), California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) Provost Tracie Costantino sent a message to the Institute’s faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. She announced that out of an abundance of caution, CalArts is suspending all in-person classes, activities, and performances between Wednesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 22. Students and families were notified by CalArts’ President Ravi Rajan.

In her message, Costantino made clear that there are no known cases affecting the campus community and stressed that CalArts is focused on the importance of doing everything possible to prevent exposure to students, faculty, and staff.

CalArts will immediately begin the move to remote forms of instruction -- including telephonic, online, and web-based instruction—to begin Monday, March 23, 2020. Remote instruction will continue through April 13, unless the situation changes and it is necessary to amend this date. The following week (March 28—April 5) is Spring Break and will be observed as usual. Throughout this time, the CalArts community will receive updates as the situation evolves.

All deans, program directors, and staff have reported to work as usual on Wednesday, March 11. They are finalizing plans for transitioning coursework and other educational requirements (lessons, performances, reviews, etc.) to remote forms of instruction.

Updates and information will be posted to CalArts website: