“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
Anne Bown-Crawford is passionate about crafting meaningful learning experiences for her visual media/art students. She directs the Arcata Arts Institute within Arcata High School in Northern California. The institute was created to foster advanced studies in visual, media, and performing arts (theater and music) and is a demonstration site for the California State Board of Education CTE Model Curriculum Standards. As well as being director, Bown-Crawford teaches at the institute and is an instructor in foundation-level visual and media classes at the high school.
For over three decades, Bown-Crawford has developed curriculum that weaves together visual and performing arts standards with an emphasis on project learning and school-to-career themes. She has also been active in the Humboldt County economic development process that created the Prosperity 2012 plan. She currently volunteers for the Humboldt County Economic Development Initiative “Decade of Difference" and its Youth Entrepreneurship and Creativity Group.
For the past three years, Bown-Crawford has been involved in arts advocacy at the state level as a member of the CREATE CA: Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate coalition. It teams innovative thinkers from multiple sectors of the creative economy to rethink education in California and promote arts education as a central part of the solution to the crisis in our schools. Within CREATE CA, she is a legislative policy group leader focused on the role of business and industry in the creative workforce. In 2013, she was appointed by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson to the task force charged with creating A Blueprint for Creative Schools in California.
Bown-Crawford presents at conferences on how to pair career and technical education (CTE) with a traditional visual and performing arts curriculum, and also speaks about creative education advocacy. She is a member of the California Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association. She has attended the Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for three years as a mentor in the Technology session.
Bown-Crawford is a digital media artist working with still photography, video, and audio. She is also a freelance graphic designer who specializes in branding nonproﬁt organizations via print and web.