Families and friends of 373 students traveled to the CalArts campus in Valencia on Friday, May 17, for a jubilant send-off of the class of 2013 as they entered the next stage of their artistic careers.
The pre-graduation festivities began in the late afternoon with a performance of Burat Wangi (Fragrant Offering) by the CalArts Balinese Gamelan, directed by longtime faculty members I. Nyoman Wenton and Nanik Wenten.
The pomp and circumstance of more traditional graduations were then cast aside for a joyous processional of administration, faculty and students, led by the CalArts African Music and Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Andrew Grueschow and Yeko Ladzepko.
Yvonne Guy, who retires this summer after 17 years as Dean of Students, seemed just as excited as the students. “I’m finally graduating,” she told the crowd. “Tomorrow, I will think about life after CalArts.”
School of Art alumnus Eric Fischl was presented an honorary doctorate for his contributions to the arts and his dedication to painting, in particular.
Fischl then went on to discuss his experiences at CalArts and his career since. “Southern California at the end of the ’60s…you couldn’t get any cooler than that,” he said.
The New York-based artist, who was among the first class of students CalArts, described the early days of the Institute as a time of “unencumbered exploration,” in which he and his fellow classmates were “inspired by play.”
To the graduates, he offered numerous pieces of advice. Among them: “Before you engage in the ‘art market,’ you should engage with he ‘art world’—with other artists.”
Also offering words of encouragement and congratulations were CalArts Trustee Joan Abrahamson and CalArts President Steven D. Lavine. “We are proud of how driven you are to follow your dreams,” said Abrahamson.
Added Lavine: “You have your own creativity and you are self-starters, ready to make your futures….Hold onto the ideals that brought you to the arts in the first place.”
After the keynote speeches were finished, CalArts Provost Jeannene M. Przyblyski then introduced the deans as they prepared to graduate their respective schools.
For some students, the day was a culmination of one, two, four or more years of hard work to earn their CalArts degrees. And so began the roll call of names, with students enthusiastically greeting their deans and program heads, marching to the beat of their own drummers—or the eight second snippets of their song choice.
A reception for students and guests followed in the Main Gallery late into the night.
The death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic surpassed 2 million on Friday and the World Health Organization warned the global health crisis may get even worse as people weary of restrictions let down their guard and contagious strains of the virus spread around the globe.
At least once a month, residents of the Cali Lake RV community, nestled in a quiet canyon off a rural part of Soledad Canyon Road, have had their power shut off due to Southern California Edison’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
Late Friday afternoon, a group of parents and student-athletes gathered in front of the William S. Hart Union High School District office to urge the district to bring athletic-conditioning back to school campuses.
A future open space trailhead in the Tesoro area will be named after a founding Santa Clarita city councilman, and a portion of land in Newhall after a family who has donated several acres of land to the city for open-space preservation.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Friday confirmed 258 new deaths and 15,051 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with cases likely to reach over 1 million this weekend. In addition, the Santa Clarita Valley has reached 21,189 total cases.
The California Supreme Court declared Thursday that worker classification standards set forth in its Dynamex decision should apply retroactively to a labor class action from 15 years ago, as well as all non-final cases that predate the 2018 landmark ruling.
The MAIN is set to host eight weeks of free virtual productions from around the world from Jan. 22 through March 12 via Zoom for the Stage on Screen Theatre Fest's International Edition of online theatre.
Get ready to get your game on Sunday, March 14, as Soroptimist International of Valencia presents their annual fundraiser to benefit the Soroptimist’s Dream Programs: Live Your Dream and Dream It, Be It.
The Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding regional areas fell under a red flag warning, prompting Southern California Edison to monitor more than 28,000 of its customers for potential power shutoffs through the remainder of the week.
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