Posted on November 30, by Scott Alexander [epistemic status: My bias is against the current college system doing much good. I have tried not to be bogged down by this bias, but take it into account when reading my interpretations below.
The professional relationship between Madame Chouinard and Walt Disney began in when Disney had no money and Madame Chouinard agreed to train Disney's first animators on a pay-later basis.
It was through the vision of Disney, who discovered and trained many of his studio artists at Chouinard including Mary BlairMaurice Noble and some of the Nine Old Menamong othersthat the merger of the two institutions was coordinated; the process continued after his death in DisneyRoy O.
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The ground-breaking for CalArts' current campus took place May 3, However, construction of the new campus was hampered by torrential rains, labor troubles and the earthquake in CalArts moved to its present campus in the Valencia section of the city of Santa Clarita, California in November From the beginning, CalArts was plagued by the tensions between its art and trade school functions as well as between the non-commercial aspirations of the students and faculty and the conservative interests of the Disney family and trustees.
The founding board of trustees originally planned on creating CalArts as a school in an entertainment complex, a destination like Disneyland, and a feeder school for the industry.
In an ironic turn of fate, they appointed Dr. Corrigan as the first president of the Institute. Corrigan, former dean of the School of Arts at New York University fired almost all the artists and teachers from Chouinard in his attempt to remake CalArts into his personal vision.
Klein and Nam June Paik most of whom largely came from a counterculture and avant-garde side of the art world. Lund, a Disney son-in-law.
Within a month of Lund's tenure as president, 55 of CalArts' faculty and staff were fired. Structured schedules were introduced. Classes were trimmed back and, within a year, the Institute was operating on budget.
Some credit Lund with saving CalArts. Others see his tenure as the end of an idealistic experiment. Fitzpatrick was appointed new president of CalArts. Holding this position for 12 years, in Fitzpatrick resigned as president to head Euro Disney in Paris.
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