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July 31, 2015Caitlin Fitzwater

California Arts Council Chairman’s Statement on the Death of Madyson “Maddy” Middleton

Young Santa Cruz girl was resident of the Tannery Arts Center

Sacramento -

 Donn K. Harris, Chairman California Arts Council, made the following statement in response to the news of the murder of Maddy Middleton at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz:

"The California Arts Council is shocked and saddened by the terrible tragedy at Santa Cruz's beloved artist community, the Tannery Arts Center," said Donn Harris, Chairman of the California Arts Council, upon hearing of Middleton's death. "Our thoughts are with Maddy's family and with the entire community as they mourn the loss of this young girl."

According to the Los Angeles Times, "The Tannery Arts Center sprang from the utopian ideal of creating a sanctuary for artists and their families - one intended to shield painters and sculptors from Santa Cruz's rising rents, while providing a cocoon around the creative community's many children."

From the Tannery Arts Center website: The Tannery Arts Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization committed to building a permanent home for the arts and welcomes locals and visitors alike to witness the creative process in action, tour studios, take classes and experience the magic of the arts and performance.

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The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Nashormeh Lindo, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at

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