Ravi S. Rajan's Inauguration

Celebrate the Inauguration of Ravi S. Rajan

CalArts holds a festive, all-day celebration on Friday, Oct. 13, to celebrate the inauguration of its fourth president, Ravi S. Rajan.

Beginning at 9 a.m. in the Institute’s Main Gallery, the CalArts community is welcome to view artwork and installations from CalArts students and alumni, curated by Dave Muller (Art MFA 93). At 10 a.m., a processional, featuring musical performances by CalArts’s African Ensemble and Gamelan, and accompanied by large-scale sculptural heads of CalArts’ four presidents wheeled along the route, will lead those gathered to The Wild Beast, the Institute’s outdoor concert pavilion.

The start of the ceremony will be announced with a Fanfare for (R)evolution Arts written for the occasion by David Rosenboom, Dean of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts with the delivery of selected lines from Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Poetry as Insurgent Art. CalArts Board of Trustees Chair Tim Disney will offer welcoming remarks and introduce honored guests and performers, followed by President Rajan’s inaugural address. After the inauguration, the President’s Welcome Lunch will feature entertainment by CalArts’s famous Latin Jazz Ensemble and a solo trumpet performance by the Institute’s new president.

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Schedule at-a-glance

9 am  Artwork and installations in the Main Gallery 
10 am Processional from the Main Gallery to The Wild Beast
10:30 am Inauguration Fanfare by David Rosenboom, Dean of The Herb Alpert School of Music
10:35 am Welcome and Introduction by Tim Disney, Chair of the Board
11 am Inaugural address from President Rajan 
11:20 am Performance interlude by special guest Ty Defoe
11:30 am Guests to follow the recessional to the President's Welcome Lunch on the East Lawn on Tournament Road with a performance by the Latin Jazz Ensemble led by David Roitstein and a special performance by President Rajan who will join on trumpet for a song. 
12 pm President’s Welcome Lunch served on the East Lawn, located alongside Tournament Road and featuring 10 Food Trucks

Afternoon continues with special programming for CalArts Weekend.

If you have questions about the Inauguration or CalArts Weekend, please email specialevents@calarts.edu.


Ravi S. Rajan's inauguration
Ravi S. Rajan