Publications, Papers, and Symposia Proceedings


SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS

Cultural Identity in the West (2004)
Convened in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, in November, 2004, Cultural Identity in the West grew out of the conversations and discussions of WESTAF’s Multicultural Advisory Committee. The gathering brought together a diverse group of leaders in the arts—arts administrators working in the visual and performing arts, cultural workers, and working artists—to share their personal stories and discuss issues related to multiculturalism and the arts.
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Cultural Policy in the West Symposium Proceedings (1999)
In September, 1999, WESTAF convened a symposium to stimulate discussion about the nature of cultural policy in the West and to identify features of the region's policy environment that influence and shape cultural policy in the region.
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Cultural Policy in the West II Symposium (2000)
In October, 2000, WESTAF convened a second symposium at the Aspen Institute on topics that affect cultural policy in the West. Experts in the fields of technology, youth culture, demographics and politics were invited to share their perspectives on important trends and to discuss the relationship of these areas to the culture sector.
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Engaging the Now: Arguments, Research, and New Environments for the Arts (2009)
This symposium convened in Aspen, Colorado, in October, 2009. The proceedings feature a keynote presentation by Doug McLennan of ArtsJournal.com, a discussion about the efficacy of state film incentives, a dialogue about the state of arts education research and advocacy, a consideration of new economic arguments for the arts, a review of trends in youth engagement in creativity and the arts, a forum on rethinking the structure and scope of state arts agencies, and a discussion about cultural policy trends in Europe. In addition to McLennan, a wide range of speakers participated in the symposium discussion--from economists and economic development professionals to cultural policy leaders and academics.
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Open Dialogue XI: Global Connections to Cultural Democracy (2007)
Open Dialogue XI: Global Connections to Cultural Democracy included a WESTAF-sponsored symposium and brought together policy makers, academics, arts administrators, theorists, and artists to discuss global migration, cultural democracy, diversity.
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Perspectives on Cultural Tax Districts (2008)
This seminar featured discussion about the history and formation of cultural tax districts and was sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission and WESTAF. Held in Seattle, Washington, in February, 2008, seminar participants focused on the benefits, drawbacks, structure and impact of cultural tax districts. Participants examined several proposed, unsuccessful, and current tax district structures such as Denver's Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, which yields more than $42 million annually for arts and culture in a seven-county area. Printed copies of the proceedings are available upon request from WESTAF.
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Re-Envisioning State Arts Agencies (2003)
Convened in Denver in October, 2003, the symposium on Re-Envisioning State Arts Agencies brought together arts policy theorists, practitioners, and volunteer arts leaders to explore a wide variety of approaches to address current and future issues in the area of state arts agency structure and process. The resulting discussions were thought-provoking and are expected to inform continuing dialogue on the topic.
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State Economic Development and the Creative Economy (2008)
WESTAF's symposium on economic development, state government, and the creative economy in the West took place in San Diego, California, on December 4-6, 2008. Symposium participants discussed how creative sectors—both for-profit and non-profit—have been considered in state economic development efforts as well as how they factor into the way states and cities develop economic policy as economic climates shift. Participants included state economic development officials and senior policy advisers in the West, and selected speakers, experts, economists, state arts agency directors, academics, and participants from related fields.
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The New Face of Arts Leadership in the West (2005)
Convened in Boulder in 2005, this symposium was a follow-up gathering to the previous year’s symposium, Cultural Identity in the West. The forum focused on emerging young leaders from culturally diverse communities in the West. Topics included: Language as it relates to ethnicity, leadership and people working in the arts; Perspectives on diversity in the arts; Leadership styles in ethnically based communities; and Emerging leaders in the arts.
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The Visual Artist and the New Funding Environment (1997)
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Unified Field Summit on Art, Science and Spirituality (2002)
The United Field Summit, which was convened at the Aspen Institute in October 2002, brought together 22 prominent artists, scientists, writers and spiritual leaders working to establish a nexus between artistic, scientific and spiritual thought. Managed by WESTAF, in cooperation with the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the convening was moderated by Douglas Rushkoff, a professor of media culture at New York University and a noted commentator, columnist, and theorist of new media and popular culture.
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PAPERS AND REPORTS

A History of the SCFD (2008) D. Zeiger
Commissioned Paper for WESTAF's 2008 Seminar on Cultural Taxing Districts about the history of the Science and Cultural Facilities District in a seven-county area around Denver, Colorado.
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Advocacy and the Arts: Strategies for Affecting Change (2000) D. Zeiger
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An Arts Advocacy Analysis in the WESTAF Region (2002) D. Zeiger
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An Assessment of the Field Impacts of Funding Support Provided by the Hawai'I State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (1999) E. Trapp, S. Bengston
The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) commissioned this study, which was completed over a six-month period, to document the effectiveness of the support the Foundation has distributed to Hawai'i's artists and nonprofit arts organizations.
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An Economic Rationale for State Support of the Arts in Alaska (1997) A. Radich, E. Trapp
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Collaborative Strategies for Statewide Cultural Development (1998) A. Radich, E. Trapp
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Creative Vitality™ Index: Oregon Arts Commission (2010 update)
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Creative Vitality™ Index: Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (Dept. of Commerce) (2006-2011)
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Creative Vitality™ Index: Washington State Arts Commission (2010 update)
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Cultural Programs at the 2002 Utah Winter Olympics (1998) E. Trapp
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From NASCAR to Cirque du Soleil: Lessons in Audience Development (2001) L. Bukszar, D. Montgomery, E. Trapp
In this WESTAF-sponsored research paper, authors first examine marketing trends and principles in the realms of entertainment and performance. The bulk of the study features case studies of entertainment presenters in five categories: nonprofit arts organizations, mega-concert promoters, for-profit entertainment conglomerates, sports promoters and religious organizations.
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Investment of State Cultural Trust Funds (1998) A. Radich, G. Jones
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Listen Local: Research on Music in Denver (2009) B. Merrill, R. Stubbs
In 2009, WESTAF commissioned and completed an in-depth study of music in Denver as part of the Creative Vitality™ Index (CVI™) report prepared for the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs. The objective was to use quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the economic vitality of Denver's music community after recognizing strong activity in that area. Data collected and analyzed for the report included interviews with key figures in the music community and economic data on for- and non-profit music activities. The resulting technical report containing the findings is an example of the kind of supplemental reporting available to agencies and organizations that license the CVI™.
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Notes on the Process of Working With State Legislatures (1998) A. Radich, E. Trapp
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Out of Place: Case Studies of Native American Interpretive Projects and Processes (1999) D. Zeiger
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Reflections by Jane Hansberry (2008) D. Zeiger, J. Hansberry
Commissioned Paper for WESTAF's 2008 Seminar on Cultural Taxing Districts about the experiences of Jane Hansberry, the former executive director of the Science and Cultural Facilities District in the Denver, CO, metro area.
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Statewide Arts Education Assessment (2009-2010)
This report is the result of the survey conducted in conjunction with the Statewide Arts Education Assessment (SAEA), a project developed by practitioners in the field of arts education in collaboration with the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). The SAEA was developed in response to a call for a more comprehensive snapshot of the status of K-12 arts education in individual states and is structured to be a low-cost tool that can be administered annually. The SAEA offers an opportunity for those interested in arts education development to track essential K-12 arts education statistics over time. The 2009-2010 Statewide Arts Education Assessment report serves as a valuable resource for all who want to advocate for a high-quality, well-rounded education for students. SAEA report findings can be used to advocate for the arts as a core subject and identify areas at the state and local level that require attention and support. The initial four partner states of Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming are now better positioned to understand the strengths and opportunities for improvement of arts education within their states as a result of the SAEA report.
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The Case for Cultural Economic Clusters (2003) A. Ooms
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The Development of Cultural Trusts (2000)
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The Efficacy of Tax Checkoffs as a Method of Funding the Arts (2000)
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The Role of Legislative Caucuses in Arts Advocacy (2001) A. Yee
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BOOKS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Building for the Arts: A Guidebook for the Planning and Design of Cultural Facilities (1984, 1989) C. Brown, W. Flessig, W. Morrish
Published in 1989, this comprehensive guidebook is a valuable resource for anyone involved in the planning and design of theaters, symphony halls, dance studios, museums, art galleries, convention centers, school auditoriums and other facilities. This edition was expanded to include new sections on real estate, site specifications, outdoor amphitheaters, studio spaces for artists and craftspeople, and changes in the tax law, as well as updated case studies, worksheets, resource lists and bibliography.
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AUDIO FILES

Steven Tepper's 2009 WESTAF Symposium Presentation
WESTAF is pleased to announce the audio release of Steven Tepper's presentation at WESTAF's 2009 cultural policy symposium, held in Aspen, October 15-17, 2009. In the presentation, Tepper shares his perspective on the participation of young people in the arts and new patterns of arts participation by the public. Listen to Tepper's remarks by pressing the play button in the audio player below.

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ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDIES

The Economic Impact of Nebraska's Arts Industry (2001) D. Buehler, A. Radich
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The Economic Impact of Nevada's Arts Industry (1999)
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The Economic Impact of Oregon's Nonprofit Arts Sector (2001)
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The Economic Impact of the Arts Industry in Oregon (1997) A. Radich, E. Trapp
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The Economic Impact of Utah's Cultural Sector (2000) D. Buehler, A. Radich
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The Economic Impact of Wake County, North Carolina's Cultural Industry (2000) D. Buehler
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Ways to Use Your Arts Economic Impact Study
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