Craig Watson of California Arts Council

On Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, Arts for Colorado invited art advocates to attend a cocktail hour at Los Chingones to hear Craig Watson of California Arts Council to speak about the mission, vision and values of the California Arts Council and the arts advocacy success in the state of California.

Craig Watson led the effort to revitalize the relationship of the California Arts Council with the state legislature and California Governor Jerry Brown. Through his efforts and his effective collaborations with others, Watson has rebuilt the agency budget and cultivated an expanded group of dedicated legislative arts advocates.

If you weren’t able to make it, please visit these links to learn more about what Craig shared with the group. Be on the lookout for more events from Arts for Colorado with other industry professionals!

California Arts Council:

Official website for the California Arts Council


The state’s Arts-in-Corrections two-year pilot program is made possible by CDCR, which committed $2.5 million to add structured, contracted Arts-in-Corrections programs in selected state prisons. The program is administered by the California Arts Council. Both CDCR and the California Arts Council have a long history of providing arts programs in correctional facilities.

Cultural Pathways:

Strengthen the capacity of small, new and emerging arts organizations that serve and represent the diversity of California and to anchor the creative work of these organizations in the cultural landscape of the state.  This program will nurture authentic and creative voices of all of California’s diverse communities and support a greater diversity of artists, organizations and communities in the state.

Californians for the Arts:

Californians for the Arts believe that the arts are essential to any prosperous and truly democratic society. Especially in a state as diverse and culturally rich as California, the arts serve to give voice to our many communities, spark individual creativity, foster empathy and understanding, spur civic engagement and serve as a continual source of personal enrichment, inspiration and growth. Moved by our deep conviction of the civic and personal value of the arts, our mission at Californians for the Arts is to increase public awareness of the importance of the arts; to ensure that the arts are an ongoing part of the public dialogue; and to encourage Californians to care about the arts as a critical component of their own lives and the lives of their communities.

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From left to right, Janae De La Virgen of the Western States Arts Federation/Arts for Colorado, Jay Seller of Think 360 Arts, Craig Watson of California Arts Council and Anthony Radich of the Western States Arts Federation.


Attendees at Los Chingones