Arts Council for Long Beach's ED Named Director of the California Arts Council

Thu, 07/07/2011 (All day)
Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

Craig Watson, Arts Council for Long Beach and Director of the California Arts CouncilCraig Watson, Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach, has been appointed the new Director of the California Arts Council.  Watson will begin work at the CAC on August 15, 2011. He is the first Director who has not been directly appointed by the Governor; instead, the Council members worked with WESTAF to conduct an executive search. 

Council Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver said of Watson, "We are ecstatic to find an individual of Craig Watson's caliber to fill this critical position who will work with the members of the Council, staff and elected officials to advance the work of the agency on behalf of the arts throughout all of California.  Craig brings a unique blend of arts, business and community service experience to this key leadership position."

For the press release from the California Arts Council, please click here or visit

Arts for LA congratulates Craig on this well-deserved appointment, and looks forward to working with him in his new role.