The Creative Leave Program provides the opportunity for faculty to focus exclusively for one semester on the development of artistic, scholarly and/or teaching practices.

CalArts strongly believes that ongoing faculty professional development is fundamental to sustaining the strength of CalArts as an Institute dedicated to creative research and cultural innovation, and can demonstrably enhance teaching effectiveness and student experience. The achievements of our faculty of working artists and scholars, both directly and indirectly tied to pedagogy, make significant contributions in their disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, enhance our institutional reputation for leadership in creative work and support our ability to attract and retain the most promising students.

Faculty Creative Leave Colloquium and Reports 

Our faculty’s professional work takes them all over the world playing concerts, holding workshops and clinics, showcasing at festivals, writing books and articles, conducting research, etc. Creative leaves provide opportunities for faculty to concentrate on their professional work, their métier, and then, in turn, to connect with, inspire, and teach our students via their accumulated knowledge and the ability to demonstrate the creative application of that knowledge.

During the semester following the creative leave, faculty must participate in an annual colloquium and submit a report sharing the activities and accomplishments of their leave with the broader CalArts community. Creative Leaves funded for AY 22/23 are:

Faculty Member 

School

Leave Period

Clara Lopez Menendez    

Art

Fall Semester

Michael Ned Holte

Art

Spring Semester

Ashley  Hunt

Art

Spring Semester

Kaucyila Brooke

Art

Spring Semester

Brian  Evenson

Critical Studies

Fall Semester

Arne  De Boever

Critical Studies

Spring Semester

Norman  Klein

Critical Studies

Spring Semester

Tisa Bryant

Critical Studies

Spring Semester

Alexander Stewart

Film/Video

Spring Semester

Craig Smith

Film/Video

Spring Semester

Robert Domingo

Film/Video

Spring Semester

Stephen Lehman

Music

Fall Semester

Amy Knoles

Music

Fall Semester

Nanik Wenten

Music

Fall Semester

Nyoman Wenten

Music

Fall Semester

Nicholas Deyoe

Music

Spring Semester

Michael    Fink

Music

Spring Semester

Edward Carroll

Music

Spring Semester

Anthony Nikolchev

Theater

Spring Semester

Daniel Passer

Theater

Spring Semester