Family and Membership

Throughout this pandemic, FAM Committee members have been inspiring us with fresh ideas and ongoing projects: Teri Cusumano started a virtual parents’ group on Discord; Arika Portnof created an autism support group; Megan Kreiner co-moderated a neurodiversity panel discussion sponsored by the IATSE Hollywood Women’s Committees; Katya Bowser piloted a multi-local Family Halloween Drive-Thru event; Chris Paluszek hosted a virtual draw-along for TAG kids; Kristin Donner and Alexi Drosu collaborated with Women in Animation to bring visibility to working caregivers through a series of webinars and infographics; Kyle Neswald is designing baby onesies, toddler T’s, and doggy bandanas featuring creative takes on the TAG logo; and committee members continue to connect with other locals and advocates to research paid family leave, employer funded childcare and fertility coverage to support our members.

Animation FAM

The FAM Committee is highlighting Guild parents in celebration of Mother’s Day (May), Father’s Day (June), and National Parents’ Day (July) 2021. Share your own #AnimationFAM photo on social media and tag us @animationguild.


Halloween Drive-Thru

The FAM committee made sure Covid didn’t cancel Halloween by working together with other IATSE Locals, including the Motion Picture Costumers and the Costume Designers Guild, to put on a Halloween trick-or-treating event. TAG member Katya Bowser coordinated the effort, Beth Sleven and Chris Paluszek created the coloring sheets passed out to kids, and Susan Nguyen created the illustrated border used in photo booth pictures. We are so grateful to these members along with all the other TAG members who made this day special. Almost 200 IATSE members and their families enjoyed this frightful event! 


WIA + TAG Celebrate Dads

In honor of Father’s Day, we want to highlight dads and how working from home has shaped their family lives. No two experiences are alike. Every #animationdad featured shares their unique journey and challenges. Let’s remember all caregivers need support! Many of the tips shared in our How to Support Working Mothers During COVID-19 apply to dads too so consider revisiting the recommendations here.

Hear what these dad’s have to say.


Share your own #animationdad experience on Instagram or Facebook—include #animationdad and tag us @animationguild.



How to Support Working Mothers During COVID-19

Working moms take on multiple roles every day, including that of teacher, professional, camp director, and human. It can feel overwhelming. But a little help can go a long way.

Find out ways you can support working moms during COVID-19.