Claire Crawford has served on the Broward Cultural Council since 1991. Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Claire Crawford has a long history in the arts at both the state and local level. Beginning with her tenure as the Executive Director of the Florida League of the Arts, the forerunner of the Florida Arts Council, from 1972 until 1974, during which time she assisted in the creation of twelve community arts councils. Currently, Dr. Crawford teaches the Management of Arts and Cultural Organizations and Resource Development and Capital Campaigns at Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Crawford has a BA and an MFA in Theater, a certificate in arts administration and a doctorate degree in Public Administration. Prior to returning to Fort Lauderdale in 1989, Dr. Crawford was with the Florida Department of State. As federal relations officer and later as chief, bureau of state programs, with the Division of Cultural Affairs, Dr. Crawford developed and managed state wide arts programs, wrote state arts policies, drafted legislation supporting the arts, created APA rules governing arts grants administration, authored state arts publications and wrote speeches for Secretary of State George Firestone on issues concerning the arts.