In Solidarity with the Black Community, for Justice and Liberation

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Arts Council Chair Nashormeh Lindo and Executive Director Anne Bown-Crawford issued a joint statement today to condemn the recent and historic violence against Black people, to acknowledge government’s role in creating and maintaining systems of oppression, and to reinforce the arts as a tool for healing and liberation.

“Authenticity is at the core of all that we do as artists and cultural workers, and today this means stating who we are and committing to what we believe,” the message reads. “We believe that Black lives matter. We believe in a liberated future for all. And we believe in you.”

Read the complete statement on Medium at this link.

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The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Jaime Galli, Larry Baza, Lilia Gonzales Chavez, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Stanlee Gatti, Donn K. Harris, Alex Israel, Consuelo Montoya, and Jonathan Moscone. Learn more at

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