California Arts Council

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September 03, 2013Caitlin Fitzwater

Senior Chinese Cultural Delegates to meet with California Arts Council Leadership

Twenty-one senior culture officials from China will convene at The California Museum in Sacramento on Friday, September 6th


 Twenty-one senior officials from the China Ministry of Culture in Beijing and more than ten provincial culture departments will visit Sacramento on Friday, September 6th to meet with Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council and California Arts Council staff members. The meeting will take place at The California Museum, hosted by the Museum‘s Executive Director Dori Moorehead.

The group of delegates will be visiting the United States for three weeks to learn about American culture and arts management, led by Ms. Zhang Yafang, Director General of China’s Ministry of Culture Department of Personnel. A delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Culture visited the California Arts Council previously, in 2011.

“Intellectual, cultural, and artistic trade are an integral part of California’s close ties with China,” said Craig Watson. “Culture is one of California’s greatest exports. This meeting will further strengthen our mutual arts and culture exchange and reveal possibilities for growth in the future.”

The group will be welcomed with a message from Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and then engage on the following agenda items:

  • Overview of the California Arts Council and its role and responsibilities at the state’s arts agency
  • Overview of The California Museum management and exhibits
  • Question and answer session
  • Tour of The California Museum

“As the state history museum, The California Museum is delighted to be hosting this event,” said Dori Moorehead. “We look forward to sharing our exhibits featuring California’s rich history, arts and culture with the delegates and learning how the two entities can strengthen ties in the future.”

California’s close ties with China have been growing over the past year. Positioning California to attract a growing share of China’s massive foreign investment pool and bolstering California-China trade, Governor Brown, the Bay Area Council and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) opened the California-China Office of Trade and Investment in April 2013.

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The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Wylie Aitken, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Christopher Coppola, Andrew Green, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, William Turner, and Rosalind Wyman.

A self-supporting 501(c)3 non-profit institution, The California Museum — home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates and enlightens people about California’s rich history and unique contributions to the world through ideas, innovation, the arts and culture. Through interactive and innovative experiences, the Museum inspires visitors to dream the California dream and dares them to make a mark on history. Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun.: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mon. (except on federal holidays). Admission: adults $8.50; college students & seniors $7 with valid ID; youth 6-17: $6; children 5 & under free. For more information, visit

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