Walt Disney Co. vice chairman Roy E. Disney will receive an honorary degree from CalArts. CalArts president Steven D. Lavine will make the award presentation during graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 16, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Honorary degrees will also go to choreographer Anna Halprin and multidisciplinary artist Carolee Schneemann.
Roy Edward Disney, a CalArts trustee since 1967, has been instrumental in the development of the educational institution and center for training professional artists. In recent years he has led the effort to establish a CalArts presence in downtown Los Angeles, establishing the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), which will open in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in November.
In addition to serving as vice chairman of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Co., Disney is chairman of Walt Disney Animation. He first joined the Board of Directors in 1967 and assumed the chairmanship of the Animation Department in 1984. His father, Roy O. Disney, and his uncle, Walt Disney, founded the Disney entertainment business and later established CalArts in 1961.
Roy E. Disney recently received the Winsor McCay Award from the Hollywood branch of the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA).