California Arts Council Director Resigns

Barry Hessenius has resigned as director of the California Arts Council. “During his tenure, Hessenius has overseen Arts Council budgets that reached a high of $30.7 million in 2000-01 and a low of $1 million for the current fiscal year, a drop of more than 97 percent in funding for the arts by the state. The money had been awarded as grants to more than 4,000 of the state’s arts endeavors, large and small, rural and inner-city – everything from artists in residence in schools to major orchestras.”