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Natalie Scherlong

WESTAF Now Newsletter | June 2022

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Thought Leadership and reach            WESTAF Launches New Website We are so excited to share a refreshed, more dynamic and accessible WESTAF website! We initiated work on this project before beginning our rebrand process but just couldn't wait to show you all the improvements we have made. Thanks to photo submissions from current and past TourWest grantees, our Leaders of Color network and state arts agencies and arts organizations in the West, the new site better represents and highlights the great work happening across the region. Check out the new site! WESTAF Engages Local Arts Agency...
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WESTAF Now Newsletter | April 2022

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Thought Leadership and reach            The 2021 Creative Vitality™ Summit Report is Here! The inaugural Creative Vitality Summit took place in September 2021 and brought together over 40 creative economy experts, arts and culture leaders, and equity champions across the field to discuss the future of the creative sector and to formulate a more concrete vision of equitable possibilities and realities for the arts field and beyond. The recently released conference report examines opportunities and challenges for creative workers and creative entrepreneurs; the mechanics of building a creative economy that supports community leadership, social capital, and...
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WESTAF Now Newsletter | February 2022

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Social Responsibility & inclusion            State of Colorado Taps WESTAF Trustee Brandy Reitter as New State Broadband Director WESTAF Trustee and Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) alumna Brandy Reitter will serve as the next executive director of the Colorado Broadband Office. As the state prepares for significant increases in funding to expand high-speed broadband connectivity efforts in Colorado, Reitter will lead the state’s broadband strategy during a time of robust advancement and development of Internet connectivity—particularly for rural areas. “Working in municipal government has given me a window into how challenging broadband expansion can be for...
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WESTAF Now Newsletter | December 2021

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Social Responsibility & inclusion            ELC Alum Featured in Grammy Interview Delbert Anderson (Emerging Leaders of Color alumnus, 2021) was recently interviewed by journalist Morgan Enos about the difficulties of being a Native American musician in today’s music industry. Anderson’s interview is accompanied by other Indigenous artists who share their thoughts and experiences in going through similar situations. Check out the interview and learn more about what’s next for Anderson. Read the full article ALLIANCES, ADVOCACY & Policy              WESTAF to Create Bay Area Arts Policy Seminar with Funding from Hewlett...
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Public Art Archive RFQ

Public Art Archive RFQ

By PAA, Special Projects, Updates, WESTAF News
PAA-Business: Technical RFQ for External Development 2022 SECTION ONE Introduction The Public Art Archive™ (PAA), a technology service powered by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), requests vendor qualifications for a two-fold expansion project to include: A technical audit that can identify issues in current systems, workflows, and functionality, and identify solutions to reduce time-consumptive and manual processes that accompany system growth; and The creation of a product roadmap, and subsequent development and launch, of new features and system changes based on the established PAA goals and the recommendations from the technical audit. Organizational Overview WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation)...
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Rebrand Project RFP

By Special Projects, Updates, WESTAF News
This RFP is for a full rebrand of Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a regional arts organization and experienced developer of technology solutions for the arts and creative industries. We are seeking a firm or agency with experience in managing WordPress sites and whose work aligns with the following values of the organization: Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility Innovation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing Artists, creativity, and creative vitality  Advocacy for the arts at local, state, and national levels Current website: www.westaf.org Budget for full rebrand: $80,000-$100,000  Launch date for new brand: January 2, 2023 Organization Background WESTAF (Western States Arts...
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Cynthia Chen Announcement

WESTAF Welcomes Cynthia Chen as Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy

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In early January 2022, WESTAF will welcome Cynthia Chen as the manager of public policy and advocacy. She will manage WESTAF’s public policy and arts advocacy programs and services. An alumna of WESTAF’s Emerging Leaders of Color program, Chen joins WESTAF’s Alliances, Advocacy, and Policy Division, which leads the organization’s efforts to strengthen advocacy for the arts at local, state, and national levels, support state arts agencies across 13 states in the West, and facilitate regional and national dialogue on contemporary policy issues that affect the arts. These efforts include conducting arts policy research, delivering professional development programs for state…

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WESTAF American Rescue Plan

WESTAF Announces American Rescue Plan Awardees

By Grants, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, WESTAF News
We are thrilled to announce that WESTAF will be awarding grant funding to 44 arts and culture organizations across the West, with at least two grants awarded per state at an average level of $35,000 each, as part of the American Rescue Plan Fund for Organizations (ARP). Aligning with the priorities of the National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Endowment), the WESTAF ARP program focused on applications that indicated a deep commitment to cultural equity, social justice and disrupting systemic racism through service to a host of constituencies, including rural and remote communities, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)...
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Women’s Suffrage Mural Completed by Artist Adri Norris

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Public Art Archive is excited to share that local artist Adri Norris has completed the WESTAF Women’s Suffrage Mural, located in Denver’s Montbello neighborhood. Norris’ work features eight prominent local, regional, and national women who made meaningful contributions to the history of women’s suffrage and voting rights throughout the U.S. These matriarchs of the women’s rights movement are accompanied by painted snapshots of minority communities fighting for the right to representation throughout the twentieth century. The work, made possible thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Federal Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, guides viewers…

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WESTAF Now Newsletter | October 2021

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THOUGHT LEADERSHIP AND REACH            2021 Creative Vitality™ Summit Concludes On Monday, September 20 and Tuesday, September 21, WESTAF’s inaugural Creative Vitality™ Summit brought together 40 creative economy experts, arts and culture leaders, and equity champions across the field to discuss the future of the creative sector. With nearly 500 registered participants, this year’s Summit will go down as one of the largest convenings in WESTAF’s history. To learn more about the Summit, please visit the event website and be sure to check out the pre-conference paper to learn more about some of the topics covered...
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