Working with CalArts since 1992, we’ve shared and built
upon a common vision of the arts through a broad range of
programs that began with a focus on young children and has
continued with the support of mid-career artists. With the
arts in schools and in our society unceasingly marginalized,
it’s important now—more than ever—to be supporting the arts,
especially individual artists.
We continue to be inspired by CalArts’ commitment to develop, train and motivate
artists, and by the artists’ enthusiasm and drive to forge ahead, and their
desire to contribute their gifts. As political, economic and social climates shift,
in the end they are the ones who help remind us of who we are and that, with
creative energy, courage, freedom of thought, and no small amount of work, one
really can have an impact.
Rona Sebastian, President, The
Herb Alpert Foundation
This spring CalArts proudly announced that henceforth its School of Music will
be known as the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. This significant step for
CalArts is a recognition of the profound commonality of purpose between the
Herb Alpert Foundation and CalArts, rooted in our shared faith in the radical
originality of the genuinely independent artist, and expressed in the Foundation’s
support for many areas of CalArts’ work and now in this major endowment gift.
The ongoing cooperation between the Foundation and CalArts, centered on the
Alpert Award in the Arts, is also reflected in the fact that two Alpert recipients
are now deans at CalArts and two others critical members of the faculty. This is
fundamental to what CalArts is today and will become in the future. We thank Herb
and Lani and our compatriots at the Herb Alpert Foundation and look forward to
the next chapter in a beautiful friendship.
Steven D. Lavine, President, California Institute of the Arts
If this year’s Alpert recipients share a common vision with the Herb Alpert
Foundation and CalArts, it is the restless grappling with their medium in
the service of engagement. If there is a commonality among the artists, it is the
necessity of interrogation. In these pages, you’ll find some of the questions they,
and this year’s panelists, are asking, and asking one another. Questions about
lineage, mentoring, collegiality, legibility, culture and perception, as well as those
two still shimmering arenas: process and inspiration.
Irene Borger, Director, Alpert Award in the Arts