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California Institute
of the Arts

Motto: No information in advance of need
Established 1961
Type: Private
Endowment: US$75,805,176
President: Steven D. Lavine
Faculty: 308
Students: 1,334
Undergraduates: 821
Postgraduates: 513
Location Valencia, California, United States
Campus: Suburban, 60 acres/.6 ha
Colors:
Website: http://www.calarts.edu/
Entrance to CalArts on McBean Parkway
Entrance to CalArts on McBean Parkway

The California Institute of the Arts is commonly referred to as CalArts. This college is located in Valencia, California, which is a suburb of Los Angeles, California. CalArts is authorized by the state of California to grant Bachelor's degrees and Master's degrees in the visual, performing, and literary arts. For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... For other uses, see Student (disambiguation). ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... A typical stretch of Valencia Boulevard. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... An acre is the name of a unit of area in a number of different systems, including Imperial units and United States customary units. ... A hectare (symbol ha) is a unit of area, equal to 10 000 square metres, commonly used for measuring land area. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Image File history File links Calartsentrance. ... Image File history File links Calartsentrance. ... A typical stretch of Valencia Boulevard. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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History

CalArts was initially formed through the merger of the Chouinard Art Institute (founded 1921) and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music (founded 1883). Both of the formerly existing institutions were going through financial difficulties around the same time, and the founder of the Art Institute, Nelbert Chouinard was also becoming fatally ill. It was through the impetus of Walt Disney, who found and trained many of his studio artists at Chouinard (including Mary Blair, Bill Melendez, and the Nine Old Men, among others), that was responsible for coordinating the merger of the two institutions, along with his brother Roy and Lulu Von Hagen. The Chouinard Art Institute was a professional art school founded in 1921 in Los Angeles, California by Nelbert Murphy Chouinard (1879-1969). ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Mary Blair (October 21, 1911–July 26, 1978), born Mary Robinson, was an art supervisor for The Walt Disney Company who produced striking conceptual art for such films as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. ... Bill Melendez (born José Cuauhtemoc Melendez on November 15, 1916 in Hermosillo, Mexico) is a Mexican-born American character animator, film director, and film producer, known for his cartoons for Warner Brothers and the Charlie Brown series. ... Disneys Nine Old Men were the core animators (some of whom later became directors) that created the Disney studios most famous work, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs onward to Snow White and the Seven DwarfsThe Rescuers. ... Roy Olive Disney (June 24, 1893–December 20, 1971, aged 78) was, with his younger brother Walt Disney, co-founder of what is now The Walt Disney Company. ...


The institute was incorporated in 1961 as the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the United States created specifically for students of both the visual and the performing arts. The founding board of directors included names like: Mary Costa, Edith Head, Gale Storm, Marc Davis, Tony Duquette, Harold Grieve, John Hench, Chuck Jones, Henry Mancini, Marty Paich, Nelson Riddle, and Millard Sheets, who originally planned on creating CalArts as a school as an entertainment complex, a destination like Disneyland, and a feeder school for the industry.[1] In an ironic turn of fate, they appointed Robert Corrigan and Herbert Blau, two progressive artists, as the president and provost of the newly founded institute. Subsequently, both were instrumental in hiring a number of professionals drawn from the counterculture and avant garde like Mel Powell, Jules Engel, Alexander Mackendrick, Allan Kaprow,Bella Lewitzky, Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Judy Chicago, Miriam Shapiro, and Douglas Huebler. Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Many times, the term art is used to refer to the visual arts. ... Performance art is art where the actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time, constitute the work. ... Mary Costa (born April 5, 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American singer, best known for playing the voice of Princess Aurora in the 1959 Disney film Sleeping Beauty. ... Edith Head on the cover of the book The Life and Times of Edith Head by David Chierichetti Edith Head (October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981) was an American costume designer who had a long career in Hollywood that garnered her more Academy Awards than any other woman in history. ... Josephine Owaissa Cottle (born April 5, 1922), better known as Gale Storm, is an American actress/singer. ... Marc Fraser Davis (March 30, 1913 – January 12, 2000) was a prominent artist and animator for Walt Disney Studios. ... Harold Grieve (February 1, 1901 – November 3, 1993) was an motion picture art director and interior designer. ... John Hench (June 29, 1908 – February 5, 2004) was an employee of The Walt Disney Company for more than sixty five years, an exceptionally long tenure which saw the rise of nearly every Disney animated feature and theme park. ... Chuck Jones in 1976 Charles Martin Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. ... Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994), was an Academy Award winning American composer, conductor and arranger. ... Martin Louis Paich (b. ... Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. ... Millard Owen Sheets (1907-1989) was a American painter and an important representative of the California School of painting. ... A director and theoretician of performance, Herbert Blau (b. ... Mel Powell (born Melvin Epstein, February 12, 1923 in New York City - April 24, 1998 in Valencia, California) was a jazz pianist and serial composer. ... Jules Engel (11 March 1909–6 September 2003) was a Jewish-Hungarian American filmmaker, animator, painter,sculptor, and teacher. ... Alexander Mackendrick (September 8, 1912 - December 22, 1993) was a Scottish-American film director. ... Allan Kaprow (August 23, 1927 - April 5, 2006) helped to develop the Environment and Happening in the late 1950s and 1960s, as well as their theory. ... Bella Lewitzky (January 13, 1916 in Los Angeles, California - July 16, 2004 in Pasadena, California) was a modern dance choreographer. ... Michael Asher is a Los Angeles conceptual artist whose installations have been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries both in the United States and abroad, including the Kunstverein Hamburg, The Renaissance Society in Chicago, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee National dArt Moderne and ARC in Paris, The Museum of Modern... John Baldessari, (b. ... Judy Chicago (born Judy Cohen on July 20, 1939) is a feminist artist, author, and educator. ... Douglas Huebler (October 27, 1924 - July 12, 1997) was an American conceptual artist. ...


CalArts has remained funded through the ongoing contributions of Walt Disney, who provided funding for the ongoing operation of this school in his will. CalArts moved to its present campus, in the Valencia section of the city of Santa Clarita, California, in November 1971. For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Welcome sign A typical stretch of Newhall Ranch Road. ... Location of Santa Clarita in California and Los Angeles County Coordinates: , Country United States State California County Los Angeles Incorporated December 15, 1987 Government  - Mayor Marsha McLean  - Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Kellar  - City Council Frank Ferry Laurene Weste TimBen Boydston  - City Manager Ken Pulskamp Area  - City  47. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ...


Beginning in the summer of 1987, CalArts become the place where the state-funded California State Summer School for the Arts was held. It began as a program to nurture talented high school students in the fields of animation, creative writing, dance, film and video, music, theatre arts, and visual arts. CalArts expanded on the concept by creating the Community Arts Partnership in 1990. While CSSSA is open to qualifying California students, CAP, as its commonly known, is a service provided to students living within the Los Angeles County school system. Many CalArts faculty and students mentor students in both programs. The California State Summer School for the Arts, commonly known as CSSSA [See-Suh] or InnerSpark, is a four-week arts program currently being held at California Institute of the Arts for high school students. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... Creative writing is a term used to distinguish certain imaginative or different types of writing from technical writing. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... Experimental film, or experimental cinema, is a term that describes a range of filmmaking styles that are generally quite different from, and often opposed to, the practices of mainstream commercial and documentary filmmaking. ... Video art is a type of art which relies on moving pictures and is comprised of video and/or audio data. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... The Mona Lisa is one of the most recognizable artistic paintings in the Western world. ... This article belongs in one or more categories. ...


In the year of 1994, Herb Alpert, a professional musician and admirer of the institute, collaborated with CalArts with his non-profit foundation to establish the Alpert Awards in the Arts. While the foundation provides the award for winning recipients , the school's faculty in the fields film/new media, visual arts, theatre, dance, and music select artists in their field to nominate an individual artist who is recognized for their innovation in their given medium. Recipients of this award are required to stay for a week as visiting artists at CalArts and mentor students studying their metier. Herbert Herb Alpert (born March 31, 1935 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician most associated with the group variously known as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass or as Herb Alperts Tijuana Brass or just TJB for short - a now-defunct brass band of which he was the... The CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts was established in the 1994 by The Herb Alpert Foundation in collaboration with the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). ...


CalArts recently launched an exhibition and performance space in the fall of 2003 in downtown Los Angeles called REDCAT, at the Roy and Edna Walt Disney Concert Hall. Opened Novmber 2003, REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater is the downtown Los Angeles exhibition venue of the California Institute of the Arts. ...


Today, CalArts stands alongside Black Mountain College and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as one of the truly successful experiments in American arts education.[2] This article is in need of attention. ... The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) is a post-secondary art school located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. ...


Academics

CalArts offers degree programs in music, art, dance, film and video, animation, theater, and writing. Its specialization is in interdisciplinary, contemporary art, and its stated mission is to create artists who will change their field. The Institute also encourages students to recognize the complexity of political, social and aesthetic questions and to respond to them with informed, independent judgment.[3] For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the philosophical concept of Art. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Experimental film, or experimental cinema, is a term that describes a range of filmmaking styles that are generally quite different from, and often opposed to, the practices of mainstream commercial and documentary filmmaking. ... Video art is a type of art which relies on moving pictures and is comprised of video and/or audio data. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... Creative writing is a term used to distinguish certain imaginative or different types of writing from technical writing. ... Interdisciplinarity is the act of drawing from two or more academic disciplines and integrating their insights to work together in pursuit of a common goal. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ...


Disney's Vision

The primary concept behind CalArts' interdisciplinary approach came from Richard Wagner's idea of Gesamtkunstwerk ("total artwork"), which Disney himself was fond of. Exploration of Wagner's concept began with the classic Disney film Fantasia (1940), where animators, dancers, composers, and artists alike collaborated together. In 1962, Walt Disney Imagineering was founded, where Disney integrated artists from his animation studio and elsewhere, and achieved creative critical mass in the development of Disneyland. He believed that the same concept that developed WDI, could also be applied to a university setting, where art students of different mediums would be exposed to and explore a wide-range of creative directions. Disney, himself, has stated of his memorial school: Richard Wagner Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or music dramas as they were later called). ... Look up Gesamtkunstwerk in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, produced by Walt Disney and first released on November 13, 1940 in the United States. ... Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... For other uses, see Disneyland (disambiguation). ...

What young artists need is a school where they can learn a variety of skills, a place where there is cross-pollination.[4]There is an urgent need for a professional school which will not only give its students thorough training in a specific field, but will also allow the widest possible range of artistic growth and expression.[5]Students will be able to take anything-art, drama, music, dance, writing. They’ll graduate with a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, and if they want a Bachelor of Arts they can go to other colleges and acquire a few more credits. The student body of Cal Arts shouldn’t be over two thousand, and as many as possible should reside on campus. There should be some allowance for those who are talented, yet are not students; they should be able to express themselves without worrying about grades. There will be a lot of scholarships at Cal Arts. Those who can pay will pay; those who can’t will get scholarships. We don’t want any dilettantes at Cal Arts. We want people with talent. That will be the one factor in getting into Cal Arts: talent. [6]It's the principal thing I hope to leave when I move on to greener pastures. If I can help provide a place to develop the talent of the future, I think I will have accomplished something.[7]

Admissions

Admissions to CalArts is based solely on the applicant's creative talent. The school does not review an applicants SAT scores without consent, and does not consider an applicant's GPA as part of the admission process. As far as academic scrutiny goes, the faculty only cares to see if the applicant has graduated with an High School Diploma/GED or Bachelors Degree prior to applying for admissions. However, every school in the Institute does require that applicants send in a Artist's statement, along with a portfolio or audition (depending on the program) in order to be considered for admission. Additional requirements may apply, depending on the specifics of each program. For other uses, see SAT (disambiguation). ... The initials GPA can refer, among other things, to Grade Point Average; see Grade (education) Guinness Peat Aviation General Practice Australia, a private, independent medical accreditation society Greyhound Pets of America This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same... The GED, General Educational Development, or General Equivalence Degree Test, is a test that certifies the taker has attained American or Canadian high school-level academic skills. ... An artists statement is a brief text composed by an artist and intended to explain, justify, and contextualize his or her body of work. ... Career portfolios are used to plan, organize and document education, work samples and skills. ... An audition is a sample performance by an actor, singer, musician, dancer or other performing artist. ...


Programs

Schools and degree programs available at CalArts include:

  • School of Art: Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Photography and Media
  • School of Critical Studies: MFA Writing, MA in Aesthetics and Politics, MFA Interschool Degree, Integrated Media (MFA)
  • The Sharon Lund School of Dance: Various Dance Programs
  • School of Film/Video: Film and Video, Experimental Animation, Character Animation (BFA), Film Directing (MFA)
  • School of Music: Composition, Composition New Media (MFA), Performer/Composer, Performer/Composer: African American, Improvisational Music (MFA), Music Technology (BFA), Performance, Musical Arts (BFA), World Music (BFA and MFA)
  • School of Theater: Acting, Directing (MFA), Writing for Performance (MFA), Producing Program (MFA), Design and Production: Costume Design, Lighting Design, Stage/Production Management Program, Scene Design, Sound Design, Technical Direction, Scenic Painting.

Notable alumni, faculty, and visiting artists

Lists of notable alumni, faculty, and visiting artist of the California Institute of the Arts. ...

School councils

Student Council

Student Council is a student organization with leadership by democratically elected representatives, including 5 officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Trustee) and 12 senators (including 2 reps from each school). Their primary purpose is to function as a liaison between the Board of Trustees, the administration, faculty, staff and students. The Student Council uses an annual budget, gathered from the student activity fee, of approximately $80,000 to fund receptions, independent student projects, the campus radio station and television channel (KCIA), student magazines, and student parties such as Halloween and the Spring Fashion Show. The council also has representatives on various committees and councils at CalArts. The council holds informal weekly meetings during the school semester that are open to the entire campus.


Deans Council

Deans Council is the weekly meeting of the deans of each school or division within the Institute, together with the President and Provost, a representative from Academic Council and a representative from Student Council.


Academic Council

The Academic Council consists of faculty representatives from the schools, who meet weekly to discuss academic and curricular matters throughout the Institute. The Student Council Vice-President attends Academic Council meetings and represents students' opinions.


See also

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Center for Integrated Media is a new media arts initiative located within the California Institute of the Arts. ... The Center for New Performance is, the professional producing arm of the California Institute of the Arts. ... The 1 Second Film is a non-profit collaborative animation project that brings together thousands of people around the world as supporters in the hopes to raise money for the Global Fund for Women. ... Womanhouse (30 January-28 February 1972) was a women-only art installation and performance organised by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, co-founders of the California Insitute of the Arts (CalArts) Feminist Art Program. ... The Walt Disney Modular Theatre is an indoor performance space located at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. ... Pixars studio lot in Emeryville Pixar Animation Studios is an American computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California (USA) notable for its seven Academy Awards. ...

References

  1. ^ "Interview with Tom Lawson, Dean of CalArts School of Art, January 2007.
  2. ^ MOMA Schedule.
  3. ^ CalArts Statement. for The Alpert Award in the Arts.
  4. ^ CalArts 30th Anniversary speech.
  5. ^ {{cite web | url=http://www.calarts.edu/library/whatwehave/collections/CalArtsPhaseIFindingAidJune30.pdf
  6. ^ "What about an Intergrated School? What would Walt say?", CalArts Newspaper, March 2000..
  7. ^ {{cite web | url=http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=pageone&article_no=2235&page=3

Further reading

  • (1970) California Institute of the Arts: prologue to a community, Art in society; v.7,no. 3. Madison, Wisconsin. University of Winconsin Press.
  • Hertz, Richard.(November 30, 2003) Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia. Minneola Press.
  • Economic Research Associates. "A historical Summary of Cal Arts," July 13, 1967.
  • Real, James. "When You Wish Upon A School" in West.1972
  • The Institute of Words & Picture
  • Sunshine Muse: Art on the West Coast, 1945-1970 By Peter Plagens
  • Guide to the California Institute of the Arts Collection

External links

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