SACRAMENTO — Arts activist Joan Agajanian Quinn was honored as the longest sitting member of the California Arts Council in Sacramento last month. The Council, marking its 40th year as a State arts agency, was established by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., in January 1976.
The CAC celebration took place at the Crest Theater on K Street where former actor, former CAC Chair, Peter Coyote introduced Governor Brown, who spoke about the precise formation of the Commission. Coyote agreed “Jerry and I made sure we had an artist from every discipline represented.”
Award winning actress and former CAC member Annette Bening introduced the U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera with California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia and an array of politicians and performers. Arts Council Director, Craig Watson, thanked the sold-out audience, which included leaders from local art institutions, for attending the special event.