Media Advisory: Allen to Chair Oversight Hearing on California’s Creative Economy

Annual Report Presentation and Artist Live/Work Spaces in the Wake of the Ghost Ship Tragedy

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D - Santa Monica) will Chair an Oversight Hearing of the Joint Committee on the Arts on Wednesday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Sacramento. The hearing will review newly released economic data from the Otis Report on the Creative Economy.  Additionally, the committee will focus on artist live/work spaces with discussion of safety, policy considerations and building community support and connections.  A policy white paper on “Affordable Artist Housing: Retaining and supporting California artists and creative workers” will be presented by Teri Deaver, Vice President of Artspace.


Who:               Senator Ben Allen, Chair, Joint Committee on the Arts
                       Assemblymember Kansen Chu, Vice Chair, Joint Committee on the Arts

What:              Oversight Hearing of the Joint Committee on the Arts

Date:               Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Time:              1:30 p.m.

Location:         State Capitol, Room 3191, Sacramento

Link:                Live webcast will be available at


Speakers:         Bruce W. Ferguson, President, Otis College of Art and Design
                        Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, Economist, Institute for Applied Economics/ Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
                        Donn K. Harris, Chair, California Arts Council; Executive Director for Creativity and the Arts, San Francisco Unified School District
                        Teri Deaver, Vice President-Consulting and Strategic Partnerships, Artspace
                        Michelle Williams, Executive Director, Arts Council Santa Cruz County
                        Ali Youssefi, Vice President, CFY development Inc.
                        Ron Vidal, Leadership Team, We the Artists of the Bay Area (WABA); Member, Fire Safety Task Force, City of Oakland
                        Jon Sarriugarte, Artist/Lighting and Furniture Designer, Form & Reform; Member, Mayor’s Artist Housing and Workspaces Task Force, City of Oakland
                        Betty Avila, Associate Director, Self Help Graphics and Art, in East Los Angeles
                        Jan Williamson, Executive Director, 18th Streets Arts Center, in Santa Monica


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