SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Donn Harris of San Francisco, who is executive and artistic director at the Oakland School for the Arts, to the California Arts Council.

Harris has served in his current position at the public charter since 2007. Before that, he was principal of the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco.

"I am very excited to join the council in these dynamic times," Harris said in a news release. "The arts are rightfully receiving new attention as it is becoming increasingly apparent that creativity is the currency of the millennium."

Harris earned a masters in theater arts from California State University at Los Angeles and received his teaching, special education and administrative services credentials from San Francisco State University. He helped create The Academy of Arts and Sciences in the San Francisco school district in 2005 to serve underrepresented students with unique arts programs.



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