Comstock's magazine 0618 - June 2018 - Page 32

n DISCOURSE Onward With The Arts California Arts Council Executive Director Anne Bown-Crawford on advancing the state through art and creativity INTERVIEW BY Rich Ehisen PHOTO: Noel Neuburger A rts and cultural production com- prise about 7 percent of Califor- nia’s economy and employ about 675,000 workers, according to a recent National Endowment for the Arts report. We sat down with Anne Bown-Craw- ford, who became executive director of the California Arts Council in Janu- ary. The CAC provides artists with grant funding, develops arts education cur- riculum for schools, conducts statewide arts research and educates the public about the role art plays in our society. 32 | June 201 8