Scott Crawford is a longtime community activist, businessman, and actor who has lived in Silver Lake for 20 years. Scott serves on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Governing Board for Region 1, as well as the boards of Make Music Los Angeles and Barnsdall Arts. He is an adviser to the Sunset Free Clinic and a mentor for students as well as serving on the Advisory Board for the Cleveland Media Academy at Grover Cleveland High School in Los Angeles.
Arts & Education
Scott has long been deeply committed to enhancing the arts and education in Los Angeles:
• As a founding member of the board of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and a member of the Bylaws Committee during the formation of the council.
• As the Founder of the Theater Partners in Residency program with the City of L.A.’s Recreation and Parks Department. This program allows small theaters to use park space for rehearsals and performances in exchange for teaching classes.
• As a lifelong admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright, Scott served as president of Friends of Hollyhock House from 2000 to 2006 and helped raise $17 million for the first phase of its restoration project. He initiated the campaign to get the historic home declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as a National Historic Landmark.
• As the co-chair of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference, where he set a fundraising record in 2005.
• As the founder of Archifest, L.A.’s architecture festival, where he partnered with the AIA and was responsible for getting October declared Architecture Month by decree of LA’s City Council.
• As a founding member of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, where he served as vice president for three years and a boardmember for another three years.
• As a boardmember for Barnsdall Arts, an organization that brings art classes to children. Schools such as Mayberry, King and Le Conte participate in Barnsdall Arts programs as a result of Scott’s work.
• As a volunteer at many L.A. organizations, including the Museum of Contemporary Art and Shanti’s Empty Bowls Project.
• As a community supporter of Mayberry Elementary School, where he led a campaign to raise money to computerize the classrooms.
Background & Honors
A native of Chicago, Scott graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has done graduate work at Northeastern Illinois University.
Scott was recognized by AIDS Project LA in 1997 in recognition of his contributions to the community. He also won the 1994 Volunteer Legend Award from the Gay and Lesbian Center, as well as the Theatre of Hope for Abused Women Outreach Program Award.
The Cleveland Media Academy named its media award “the Scottie” in his honor, and he has won five Drama-Logue Awards given for excellence in many aspects of live theater.
Businessman & Actor
Scott has been a local real estate investor for 18 years, as well as owning or co-owning several businesses ranging from the Dillon Street Players (where he also serves as artistic director), Roland Gordon Catering and Golden Tiger Productions. His varied professional life includes waiter, tour guide, teacher, sous chef, landlord, Harris Poll Worker and house cleaner.
An actor since age 7, Scott has appeared on Broadway as well as on stage here in LosAngeles in plays that range from “Caesar & Cleopatra” and “Hedda Gabler” to the dark comedy “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You,” on television where his credits include the daytime dramas “As the World Turns” and “One Life to Live” and in films such as “Raging Bull,” “Chapter Two” and “Oddbirds.”