California Institute of the Arts

California Institute of the Arts Art school which was founded in 1962 combining the Chouinard Art Institute and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Walt Disney had been a longtime supporter of Chouinard, because many of his artists had received training there, so he was an avid advocate for the new school. When he died in 1966, a large bequest from his estate helped finance the construction of the new campus for CalArts, as the school would be known, on a 60-acre site in Valencia, and Congress authorized the minting of a special commemorative medal, which could be sold to benefit the school’s scholarship program. Eventually a character-animation curriculum would be established at CalArts, and many of the students would be selected to become Disney animators.