The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the programmatic home for the Arts in a Changing America project. As an internationally recognized school for the performing and visual arts–film, theater, art, dance, music and writing – the CalArts artistic philosophy places an emphasis on an exploration of new paths beyond conventional boundaries.

The creative community at CalArts comprises artists from a variety of backgrounds who are educated in a fast-paced, forward-looking environment and guided by a faculty of professionals who are at the leading edge of their respective fields. The Institute nurtures artists whose work informs the state of culture today, and develops emerging artists who have the skills and drive to launch creative careers that will help shape our local, national and global communities in the future.

CalArts today is making one of the most thoroughgoing attempts of any arts college to place the education of artists in a mutually strengthening ecology that links campus, community and the broader world. It is striving toward a new synthesis of student and professional, learning and creating, local and global, as its graduates continue to make and remake the very future of the arts.


Maribel Alvarez
Maribel AlvarezExecutive Director
Southwest Folklore Alliance
The University of Arizona,
Tucson, AZ
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Marc Bamuthi JosephVP of Social Impact
P. Carl
P. CarlDirector, HowlRound; Creative Director of ArtsEmerson at Emerson College
Boston, MA
Jeff Chang
Jeff ChangVice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture
Race Forward
Oakland, CA
Teddy Cruz
Teddy CruzProfessor of Visual Art and Urbanism
Co-Director, Cross-Border Initiative
University of California at San Diego
Vicky Holt Takamine
Vicky Holt TakamineKumu Hula and Executive Director
PA’I Foundation
Honolulu, HI
James Kass
James KassFounder
Youth Speaks
Brave New Voices
San Francisco, CA
Robert van Leer
Robert van LeerSenior VP of Artistic Planning
Wendy Levy
Wendy LevyExecutive Director
Maria Lopez de Leon
Maria Lopez de LeonExecutive Director
Anne Pasternak
Anne PasternakDirector
Lori Pourier
Lori Pourier(Oglala/Mnicoujou Lakota) President
First Peoples Fund
Rapid City, SD
Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna RodriguezExecutive Director
Oakland, CA
Garth Ross
Garth RossExecutive Director
Schwarzman Center
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Annette Evans Smith
Annette Evans SmithPresident and CEO
Diana Taylor
Diana TaylorDirector
Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
New York University, NY
John Kuo Wei Tchen
John Kuo Wei TchenChair of Public History & Humanities, Rutgers University; Director, Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture & the Modern Experience
Carlton Turner
Carlton TurnerDirector / Lead Artist
Clyde Valentin
Clyde ValentinDirector
A Center for People, Purpose + Place,
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
Dallas, TX
Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio VargasFounder
Define American / Emerging US
Define American
Los Angeles, CA
Detroit, MI Consortium
Detroit, MI Consortium
Devon Akmon, DeVos Institute of Arts Management
Cézanne Charles, Creative Many
Juanita Moore
ill Weaver, Complex Movements
Minneapolis, MN Consortium
Minneapolis, MN Consortium
Ananya Chatterjea, Ananya Dance Theatre
Dipankar Mukherjee, Pangea World Theater
Meena Natarajan, Pangea World Theater
Los Angeles, CA Consortium
Los Angeles, CA Consortium
NEO Philanthropy