Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity located in Orange County, California. Founded in 1999 by the four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, the Center's vision is a world where creativity is known and experienced in every discipline, by the many, not just the few.
These are important goals, particularly in today's world, when arts education is practically non-existent; we are dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and we are doing it through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, film festivals, and our online community, all of which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a determined saver and his writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade life, along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction, form the basis of our programs.
Our growing creative community inspires joy and innovation in people of all ages, energizing them to transform their lives, their communities, and society as a whole.
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity hosts exhibitions and educational programs in its large loft-like space in Costa Mesa, CA as well as participating in film festivals and exhibitions nationwide. A virtual community is in the making; it will be a place where you can explore the art, films, and writings of Chuck Jones, as well as interact with experts in all disciplines.
What Is the Center?
Imagine a world where the laws of gravity don’t apply; a world where the space-time continuum can be altered; a world where you’re in control to break the rules. It sounds a lot like the world where the wonderful, vibrant characters created by Chuck Jones live.
Imagine then, applying that kind freedom of thinking to everyday life. How would we solve the problem if we weren’t constrained by rules, expectations, and assumptions that are imposed on us and we impose on ourselves?
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity reminds us of a time when we were able to suspend our disbelief; a time when we were open to the possibility of the seemingly impossible; a time when our sense of wonder was a powerful motivator and teacher.
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity inspires us to use our innate creative genius to approach every challenge as a beginner and to be receptive to all possibilities. From this vantage point, we are unfettered. We are free to think, explore, and experiment. From this new way of thinking, exploring and experimenting, we become more effective and more productive because we are receptive to discovering, creating, and solving in innovative ways.
Who Is Chuck Jones?
Chuck Jones’s life and career spanned the nascent film industry as it grew and developed through the 20th and into the 21st century. His childhood memories include watching Charlie Chaplin direct films on the United Artist’s lot in Hollywood and acting in Mack Sennet comedies. Along with his three siblings (artists all) Chuck spent what would appear to most observers as a childhood planted with the seeds of creativity.
His parents nurtured each of their children in unique ways; no talking at the breakfast table, although reading was allowed; no excessive praise, but always sympathetic observation; reams of paper to draw upon from their father’s failed business ventures; an indulgent uncle and months at the seashore along with the usual assortment of animal visitors (animals seemed to adopt them, not vice versa.)
Unhappy with traditional academia, but in possession of a thoughtful and quick mind (he was reading at age four, serious reading) Chuck was fortunate to be accepted at the Chouinard Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles before graduating from high school. This move transformed him and his talent blossomed in the fertile soil of the Institute. Chouinard (now California School of the Arts in Valencia) has produced many of this and the past century’s most brilliant artists working in film, graphic, and applied arts.
This rigorous training, classically composed of drawing and painting—from tableau vivant and tableau mort—gave Chuck the basic tools from which he was able to draw upon throughout his over 60 year career in the animated film arts community. “You birds have 100,000 bad drawings in you,” intoned one of his professors at Chouinard. “Start getting rid of them now.” This mantra at Chouinard has been repeated by students as diverse as Millard Sheets, Laddie John Dill, John Baldessari, Eric Fischl, Edith Head and Robert Irwin (alumnae all.)
The honors bestowed upon Chuck Jones over the years began with a double in 1949 with the receipt of two Oscars™ for his short films “For Scent-i-mental Reasons” (an animated short) and “So Much for So Little” (a documentary.) He went on to earn an additional Oscar for his 1966 “The Dot and The Line” and was awarded the Honorary Oscar in 1996 for his lifetime’s achievements. He has been honored by film festivals around the globe, including Chicago, Deauville, Zagreb and Telluride. His films (and the art of his films) were the subject of an exhibition in 1985 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Beginning in the early 1960’s he began showing his life studies, landscapes and still lives in galleries in and around Los Angeles. In 1977, working with his daughter Linda Jones, his art of the animated film began to be exhibited in fine art galleries worldwide. His legacies, ones of art and of humanity, are exemplified by the seamless blending of art and culture (of the everyday variety) in his films that it’s nearly impossible not to admit, even in today’s computer-oriented society to the contemporaneousness of the artist.
Board of Directors
- Craig Kausen, President and Chairman, Chuck Jones’ grandson, Craig, received a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA (1985). He held various teaching positions at Orange County colleges in digital/computer sciences while pursuing his scientific career with Hughes Aircraft and MAI Basic Four. For the past 18 years he has been in the fine art business and has been involved in art publishing, opening and managing art galleries, artist management, and many other art business related endeavors. He has served as President of the Chuck Jones Companies for the past eleven years and Chairman of the Board at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity until present. Extra-curricular activities have included Board Member at Padre Foundation, Board Member at Get A Grip Foundation, Adjunct Faculty at Irvine Valley College, Fullerton College, Orange Coast College, and pursued additional education at The Anderson School of Management/UCLA.
- Linda Jones Clough, Secretary, Linda has been a member of the Chuck Jones family since July 25, 1937. She founded Linda Jones Enterprises, Inc., in 1977 for the purpose of getting Chuck’s artwork out from wherever it was (in storage or in his head) into people’s homes where they could enjoy it. She served as president and CEO of that company until 2002. She also served as president of Chuck Jones Productions from 1992 to 1996, producing various films with her father, including segments for Mrs. Doubtfire and Stay Tuned and later as one of the producers (with George Daugherty and David Lik Wong) of the Emmy Award winning Peter and the Wolf, plus six theatrical short cartoons produced for Warner Bros. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity since its inception and has served as its recording secretary for the past two years. In previous lives she worked for the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence Department as a clerk typist, for a criminal tax lawyer in Baltimore (he was a tax specialist and also a criminal), production line worker for Bendix Radio Company, assistant in an employment agency, assistant to the minister of a Unitarian/Universalist Church, and co-owner of a van-to-camper-conversion company with her husband, Jim.
- Marian Jones, In addition to being Chuck’s wife and long-time life partner, Marian has served on the board of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity since its inception in 1998. Her loving and constant support and encouragement, as well as her imaginative and creative solutions to challenges faced by the Center over the years are inspirational, as well as comforting. Marian attended Stanford University. Later she embarked on a long and distinguished career as a professional journalist and writer in Hollywood. For several years she worked with Chuck as a writer/researcher on his nine TV specials, including "Rikki Tikki Tavi" and "The White Seal". In recent years her work as a photographer has been shown in a number of venues including New York, Chicago, Denver and Newport Beach.
- Charles Carney, writer
- George Daugherty, Emmy Award-winning producer, conductor
- Jeff DeGrandis, animation director and producer
- Stephen Fossati, animation director and writer
- William Kroyer, educator and animation film director/producer
- Bob Kurtz, Emmy Award-winning animation producer, director, writer
- Dave Lowenstein, entrepreneur
- Rob Minkoff, animation and live action film producer, director, and writer
- Dave Master, educator
- John Ramirez, animator, theme park and float designer
- Kim Sudhalter, owner of a public relations company
- Tracy Tanner, business woman and consultant
- Sasha Advani, Program Director: Sasha Advani graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Politics and Pepperdine University with an MBA. She was fortunate to find her passion for planning events, trade shows, and developing programs early in her career by working in the software and mortgage industries. She has been with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity for nearly 4 years and enjoys seeing the faces of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Marvin the Martian on a daily basis.
- Susan Palcsik, Accounting: Susan is a graduate of California State University—Fullerton with a degree in geography. She found her accounting calling in 1988 and has been working in that field since then. Susan began working at Linda Jones Enterprises in 1998 and has been the part-time accountant for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity since 2002.
- Robert Patrick, Marketing: For the last 23 years, he has worked for Linda Jones Enterprises, the family business that represents and publishes the artwork of Chuck Jones. For the Center he coordinates marketing efforts for community outreach and fundraising. In addition he has provided curatorial assistance for Chuck Jones exhibitions around the country.
Drop In & Draw
Girl Scout Art Badges
Artables by Gina Latora
Private and Semi-private Art Lessons
Corporate Team Building with Art
Litter-ally, It’s Art!
Palette & Palate
Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY
Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, Ft. Worth, TX
EMP Museum, Seattle, WA
Sky Harbor Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Port of Portland, Portland, OR
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Beverly Hills, CA
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Museum of Modern Art, NewYork, NY
Museum of the Moving Image, London, UK
Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY
Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, CO
Newport Beach International Film Festival, Newport Beach, CA
Northwood High School, Irvine, CA
Ellington Elementary School, Covina, CA
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s vision is a world where creativity is known in all disciplines, by the many, not just the few. That is not unlike what an institution of higher learning does—inspires creativity—so that the world in which we live becomes a culturally richer, more vibrant and happier place in which we may pursue our dreams. In addition, creativity encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, and abstract thought, all of which helps the individual negotiate the complexities of an unknown future.
But without creativity we will not be able to achieve that vision. Although it is important to emphasize the need for creativity in our society, the creative arts in our public schools are the first to be cut when the budgets are tightened or when standardized test scores dip. There is no concerted effort in our public schools or in much of our society to nurture the creativity of all children.
Creativity is in great demand. A recent study of more than 1500 American CEOs conducted by IBM revealed that the most important leadership quality they seek is Creativity. Statistics show that 1 in 6 jobs being created today in California are in “creative industries.”
Research shows that youths who participate in creative endeavors such as the arts are:
· 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
· 3 times more likely to be elected to class officer
· 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
· 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
· 4 times more likely to participate in youth groups
· 2 times more likely to read for pleasure
· 4 times more likely to perform community service
- Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Only 23% of California public school students have an art teacher who has a credential specifically in the arts. From 1970 – 2005, teachers being trained to teach elementary students had no requirement for learning to teach art (California Department of Education).
Despite the implications of this research and the widely held belief that creativity leads to not only a more fulfilling life but a more rewarding career, California schools continue to take the axe to arts education, stripping away opportunities for children to explore their creative abilities. And as if that were not enough, creativity exercises for adults are virtually non-existent.
We can work together to change that. The mission of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is to inspire the innate, creative genius within each person utilizing the art, writing, and films of Chuck Jones.
Chuck Jones was the creator and developer of a host of iconic cartoon characters - Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote and many others during his long career at Warner Brothers. In 1999, the Center was established to use the creations and philosophy of Jones to foster the creative spirit within succeeding generations. We accomplish this through programs that utilize art, animation, and many other techniques to challenge participants to explore their creativity. In 2014, the Center, through programs, lectures, film festivals, and exhibitions connected with over 135,000 individuals.
What People Are Saying
“My daughter volunteers here every month because she loves the opportunity to share her passion for cartooning with others. She also takes classes here whenever they are available. And best of all ... She gets to be surrounded by the art of Chuck Jones. It's a great place to visit and support!” –Gwen C.
“It's like walking back into my childhood. I see the scenes of many cartoons that I've watched over the years, felt comfort in, and have shared with my own children. The staff is wonderful!!! I've met artists like James Mulligan and Eric Goldberg from Disney. I love the concepts of teaching children, and having the much loved "Chuck Jones" live on!” –Kris B.
"Palates and Palettes inspired openness in creativity where there are no applied rules, just techniques on canvas with acrylic paint. It was a very inviting atmosphere with an encouraging team and friendly faces. While delving into the art, We were really getting into a nonrestrictive creative groove while having fun! Being able to sip wine while learning to paint added to the experience as well." –Quinn N.
“I took my wife and we all had such a fun time — beautiful diversity of paintings, and a really special evening. My wife had never painted before, and she got lost in her artwork, and did a beautiful painting; very impressive, and such a smile on her face at the end of the evening.” –Frank H.
"To have a Center for Creativity seems like a no brainer. Creativity is the basis of human success and enjoyment across the board. The problem is that most people think creativity is only reserved for the artistic, when in fact it is the most basic of all human instincts. To educate a child about the importance of creativity when they are at their most curious and accepting is directly conducive to their success in life. This event was a perfect example of that statement. Not only was it a breathtaking display of how someone could be so inspired by the work of a single artist, it also was a first-hand account of the generosity one artist showed to a group of impressionable young artists just starting out. Listening to The Dover Boys speak about the generosity of the most prolific artist of the 20th century and how his support was the direct cause of their individual successes was the best example of what the Center is all about. Inspiration is the corner stone of creative success in life, and this was truly an inspirational evening." –Aaron L.
Contact: Robert Patrick, 949-660-7791 x 22103 or Robert@ChuckJonesCenter.org.