Join a Club at SVA!

They may not be able to meet in person, but SVA's clubs are still thriving

October 9, 2020 by Michelle Mackin
A group of young Black people smile and pose in front of a white wall that has printed on it the words "Here We Are"

SVA students at the reception for the Black Student Union's exhibition "Here We Are," which was on view at the SVA Gramercy Gallery in February 2020.

Looking to pursue an interest outside of class, make new friends, or develop a new hobby? Clubs at SVA are organized through the Visual Arts Student Association (VASA), and they're a great way to meet other students from across all departments, network, discover a new passion, or just have fun and relieve stress.

SVA's clubs are working hard to engage their communities even while remote. This semester, La Bodega, which celebrates Latino/Hispanic culture, has already hosted two events—an alumni film screening for Hispanic Heritage Month and a night focused on mental health. Earlier this month, the Asian American Student Union (AASU) and the Chinese Student Organization (CSO) joined with SVA's International Student Office and Student Health and Counseling Services to host a Mid-Autumn Festival Gathering on Zoom, and LGBTQ SVA hosted a film screening focused on the trans experience. Coming up on Saturday, October 24, students can join the AASU for a conversation with Filipino American artist and Oscar-nominated director Bobby Pontillas about representation in the animation industry. And that's just the start! Read on to learn about all of the different clubs recruiting student members at SVA this fall.

On the left is a photo of 4 people dressed up as Zombies posing for the camera; on the right is a Fangoria magazine cover. It features 4 photos, the main one is a man smiling at the camera wearing a cowboy-style shirt and four zombies are around him grabbing onto him

Last year, some members of SVA's Horror Society posed as zombies for the cover of Fangoria magazine.

The Asian American Student Union (AASU) promotes Asian American awareness and education, encouraging its many cultures within the SVA community. The union celebrates diverse Asian backgrounds and traditions from all over the world with fun, informative and social events. All are welcome to join! Email:

The Black Student Union (BSU) empowers, unites and shares knowledge among those who identify with the African Diaspora—the global communities that have resulted by descent from Africans' historical migrations. All are welcome to join the conversation! Email:

Cartoon Allies unites students with a shared love for comics and cartoons. Its mission is to foster a spirit of camaraderie among cartoonists of all majors while strengthening ties to the larger cartoon sphere. Cartoon Allies has tables at multiple major conventions and hosts the annual comics festival, Fresh Meat. It also provides SVA students with access to professional guest lectures and panels related to the professional cartooning career path. Email:

The Chinese Student Organization (CSO) is a cultural club that provides a place for students to come together to develop and promote Chinese culture. Email:

The Figure Drawing Club aims to build a community of artists (all majors invited) interested in improving their drawing ability and developing stronger bonds with their fellow students. Email:

Four people stand behind a table that is labeled "SVA NYC School of Visual Arts" and covered with various comics, stickers and posters.

Members of Cartoon Allies, an SVA student club, at New York Comic Con in 2018.

The Indigenous Students Union (ISU) is dedicated to amplifying indigenous art students' voices and reclaiming a presence represented in the School of Visual Arts. The union explores creative expression through screenprinting, dreamcatcher crafts and posting knowledge for a sense of community and acknowledgment. Email:

La Bodega provides an opportunity to learn about and appreciate Latino/Hispanic culture through games, music and food. The club aims to bring Latino/Hispanic students at SVA together and promote the SVA culture and inspire its members' own personal projects. Email:

LGBTQ SVA provides students with a community space to share LGBTQIA+ experiences with fellow students, educational resources related to queer culture and safe sex, and a platform for students to be activists within the community. Activities will consist of regular group meetings, organized events and informative presentations. Email:

Music Club provides an opportunity for members to share and discuss music and attend music events. Email:

Painting with Bob is where students can relax and paint along with a simple Bob Ross tutorial, opening themselves up to new inspiration and encouraging them to explore new styles and techniques without the pressure of a grade or due date. Email:

SVA Cosplay is a club for students to enjoy the art of cosplay. The club will discuss cosplans, prop making, sewing, styling wigs, makeup, cosplay conventions, and more, and will also organize cosplay groups. Email:

A group of 6 people pose for a photo outside the Flatiron Building. Four are dressed in military attire and holding a banner that says Veteran's Coalition of Arts. Two are wearing winter attire.

Members of SVA's Veterans Coalition of Arts marched in the Veteran's Day Parade in New York in 2018.

SVA Horror Society is a group of students who come together and watch horror films because they love the genre or want to learn more about it. Email:

SVA WAFFLE (Where Astute Food Friends Laugh at Entertainment) Club is a social experience—members gather to watch a carefully curated movie selection and have a great time, no matter where they are geographically. Bringing a bit of food (preferably waffles) to each meeting is optional, but not mandatory! Just join to take a load off, watch some weird movies and have a great time. Email:

Veterans Coalition of Arts (VCA) is a collective of veteran–artists whose work reflects their personal experiences to shape their artistic practices. Email:

SVA Women in Animation (WIA) aims to inspire and motivate young female students in the community and create opportunities to learn about the industry from the talented women who know it best through various workshops and events. Email:

Thoughts? Clubs you want to pitch? Email your ideas to VASA at