Family and Membership

Throughout this pandemic, FAM Committee members have been inspiring us with fresh ideas and ongoing projects: Chris Paluszek and Steve Kaplan continue to hammer out the details of how to roll out our Meal Train program during COVID; Teri Cusumano is starting a virtual parents’ group, offering support and camaraderie as the school year begins; Arika Portnof is creating an Autism support group and uniting members to request ASD coverage through MPI; Kyle Neswald is designing baby onesies, toddler T’s, and doggy bandanas/face coverings featuring creative takes on the TAG logo; Kristin Donner and Alexi Drosu continue to collaborate with Women in Animation to bring visibility to working caregivers through a series of webinars and infographics; and Kristin is connecting with other locals, advocates, and service providers to research paid family leave and employer funded childcare with an eye toward our contract negotiations next year.

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.