Governor Brown Appoints Anne Bown-Crawford Director of California Arts Council: Innovative and experienced California arts education leader to oversee state arts agency

Anne Bown-Crawford has been named the new Director of the California Arts Council, the state agency announced today. Bown-Crawford was appointed December 22, 2017, by Governor Brown to fill the vacant position.

As lead executive, Bown-Crawford will promote the Arts Council’s mission to advance California through the arts and creativity by way of the agency’s grant programs, services, and initiatives. She will begin her work at the California Arts Council in January.

With nearly forty years as a teacher at the secondary level, Bown-Crawford is a champion for arts education in California, serving as administrator for numerous exemplary arts programs. Outside the classroom, Bown-Crawford’s sphere of influence spans from community-based work, helping to link the creative industry with economic development; to statewide leadership as an arts advocate; to international impact, endorsing creative education in higher education and technology settings.

Bown-Crawford currently serves as the Director of the Arcata Arts Institute and the Innovation Design Institute, both programs within Northern Humboldt Union High School District; as well as the Fine Arts Department Chair at Arcata High School.

Bown-Crawford is Chair of the Create CA Leadership Council, a statewide collective impact organization with a mission to rethink and create an educational environment for all California students featuring arts education as a central part of the solution to the crisis in our schools. Her work in that capacity led State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to appoint Bown-Crawford to help write the “Blueprint For Creative Schools.”

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