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Natalie Scherlong

Women's Suffrage Mural Artist Adri Norris

Denver Artist Adri Norris To Create a Mural for the Women’s Suffrage Mural Project

By PAA, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, WESTAF News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2021 Contact: Leah Horn 720.664.2239 leah.horn@westaf.org DENVER, CO—The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is excited to announce that local artist Adri Norris will paint a mural or series of murals highlighting the Women’s Suffrage movement in a highly trafficked site in Denver’s Montbello neighborhood. Norris will be painting the mural(s) near the Montbello Student Campus, a place that is central to many who reside and work in the district. WESTAF commissioned the creation of the mural related to Women’s Suffrage to mark the centennial of the decades-long journey, resulting in the landmark legislation that granted…

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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

WESTAF Receives Multiyear Grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

By Grants, WESTAF News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Leah Horn 303.629.1166 leah.horn@westaf.org DENVER, CO—The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) has been awarded a multiyear grant by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. This funding allows for the creation of a new position in WESTAF’s Alliances, Advocacy, and Public Policy (AAP) division and will enable WESTAF to continue program expansion related to addressing the pressing needs of the field. As WESTAF continues to innovate and evolve, the organization will retool existing and initiate new programs and services that will be further enhanced with the support of the new manager of public policy and advocacy, including ambitious...
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Bi-Weekly Recap: June 1, 2021

By Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Greetings WESTAF trustees and staff: Hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend and is ready to finally ease into summer. This weekend, I drove out to Naturita, CO where we camped, swam, inner tubed and checked out some cool art at CampV. Hope you found a way to relax, too! It was a great break after a busy few weeks. Hot off the press this morning, this article in Governing Magazine is by former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NASAA CEO Pam Breaux, and uses the example of the rebound from Hurricane Katrina to show the arts sector’s contribution…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: May 17, 2021

By Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Hello there WESTAF community of staff and trustees: Lots of wonderful checking-in below on the dizzying array of projects we’ve been up to at WESTAF these past two weeks. First off, wishing “farewell!” and “good luck!” to Lani Morris and Tess Emslie. They have represented WESTAF so well with their remarkable contributions and we are so grateful to them! We’re excited to welcome new executive coordinator Cameron Green (ELC 2021) to WESTAF. He starts next Monday, but you’ll get to meet him a little sooner!  We have a busy week coming up, with our thrice-yearly all-team meeting, our committee meetings,…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: May 1, 2021

By Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Hello again, WESTAF community of staff and trustees: These past two weeks were abbreviated for me as I was away for a bit reuniting with parents, siblings and children in a more fully-vaccinated world. It felt pretty glorious and dreamy, gotta say. WESTAF continues to grow, adapt and change, with big, full-hearted “hellos!” to Blair, Lilly and Paul over on the business side of things (more on that below), and fond farewells to Janae and Eliza, who said their goodbyes to WESTAF this past week. So much activity on the hiring front at WESTAF right now, which is exciting and…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: April 19, 2021

By Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Greetings WESTAF community: As usual, so much going on in the WESTAF-world these past few weeks, so let’s jump right in, shall we? UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS (CG) Incorporating some great feedback from trustees following our February meeting, we’re in planning mode for our upcoming virtual board of trustees meetings scheduled for May 19-20. While our meeting will be busy as usual with reports from committees, finance and general updates, we’re making a special effort to make space for discussion and reflection, especially in the later part of the meeting. At a later date, we will be sending trustees a brief…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: April 5, 2021

By Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Spring greetings, WESTAF trustees and colleagues: This gorgeous Denver spring weather almost made me forget that we’re now officially half way through WESAF’s fiscal year! How did this happen? Let us skim right over that, and convey that we are so very joyful to welcome Anika Kwinana to WESTAF (her first day is today, April 5!) and also to announce that Moana Palalei Hoching is also joining us as a senior policy associate working with David. More information about Moana is included below. These sharp and savvy experts will provide much needed leadership, oversight and support in our SRI and…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: March 22, 2021

By Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Dear WESTAF trustees and colleagues: Another busy fortnight has passed at WESTAF, and you can read all about it below.  Most urgently though, we want to let our trustees know that we reached out to the WESTAF team last week with the following message: “WESTAF will be posting this statement on the horrifying murder of Asian American women and others in Georgia this past week. The statement also includes some resources to help educate ourselves about these issues and advance advocacy on behalf of AAPI communities everywhere. As the statement says: “we rededicate ourselves to supporting leaders of color, particularly…

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Bi-weekly Recap: March 8, 2021

By Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Hey now, WESTAF colleagues: A jam-packed last few weeks, as usual. First up in this recap, a lightning update on what’s been going on in the U.S. Senate. Then, we have super news about a new addition to the team as well as some smart moves in the business division, with more open positions and interviews keeping us busy (thank you, Becca Dominguez!) and progressing steadily. After that, there’s a detailed recap of last week’s online ALAS session. Massive thanks to team ALAS David Holland, Leah Horn, Samantha Ortega and Natalie Scherlong and special shoutouts also to the policy cohort…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: February 22, 2021

By Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Greetings WESTAF Nation: Hey there! Lots going on, including some people transition. This can be hard on a community, and has additionally taxed emotions and capacity, no doubt about it! Looking ahead, there is lots of exciting potential and possibility, but in the short term, well, it’s been rough. Much gratitude and respect to my WESTAF colleagues for stepping up to the challenge, and thank you to trustee leadership for the support and wise counsel. Here’s what’s been going on at WESTAF for the last few weeks: JANUARY FINANCIALS (AH)  The January cash summary is available to view. A line…

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