California Arts Council

State of California

Former Arts Council Director Muriel Johnson wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Honored by Arts & Business Council of Sacramento

Published: 10-20-2011

On October 14, the arts and business community gathered to select honorees who have contributed significantly to the arts in the greater Sacramento region. The highest honor, the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento's award for lifetime achievement, went to Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council from 2005-2011. Congratulations, Muriel!

From the event program:
Muriel Johnson has an extensive history of government and community service, especially service to the arts and culture of the greater Sacramento area. She served multiple terms as Sacramento County Supervisor; was President of the California State Association of Counties; served as Chair of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments; and was Chair of the Public Library Authority in Sacramento. She's a strong advocate for local investment in the arts and championed Sacramento County's Art in Public Places, especially the public art program by which 2% of eligible City and County capital improvement project budgets is set aside for the commission, purchase, and installation of artworks throughout the City. She helped raise $10 million for local charities and held key community positions as President of the Crocker Art Museum and President of the Sacramento Junior League.  Muriel co-founded the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission in 1977. In 2004, she was the Chamber of Commerce's "Sacramentan of the Year," and in January 2005 then-Governor Schwarzenegger named her Director of the California Arts Council.

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