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Samantha Ortega

WESTAF Now Newsletter | April 2021

By Advocacy, CaFE, Convenings, CVSuite, Grants, PAA, Programs, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, Staff
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY & INCLUSION            2021 Emerging Leaders of Color Program Virtual Convening Since 2010, WESTAF's Emerging Leaders of Color program has convened nearly 100 racially and ethnically diverse leaders working in the arts in the western United States for high-level leadership seminars that have impacted the field of arts administration. Due to the pandemic and necessary modifications, the 2021 ELC program was moved to an online format. The virtual convening took place March 18-19 and 22-24, 2021, with 17 participants representing all 13 states in the region, our largest ever cohort. The program, led by...
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WESTAF’s CVSuite™ and Public Art Archive™ Announce 6 Can’t-Miss Public Art Stops of the Southwest

By WESTAF News
New Creative Vitality™ List showcases creative cities with full public art collections  DENVER, CO, May 7, 2021—Following up on its Top 10 Music Cities and 30 Most Creative Small Cities lists, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a nonprofit arts service organization and leading provider of innovative web services for the arts, is excited to announce the newest Creative Vitality List: 6 Can’t-Miss Public Art Stops of the Southwest.  The third in a series of data-driven lists that profile and celebrate the arts, culture, and creativity of America's most vital and vibrant places and spaces, 6 Can’t-Miss Public Art Stops of...
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WESTAF Welcomes New Director of Social Responsibility and Inclusion Anika Kwinana

By WESTAF News
Anika Kwinana will join WESTAF in early April 2021 as director of social responsibility and inclusion, to inform and develop a range of equity-centered learning experiences that connect and inspire leaders and communities to build a more inclusive arts and culture sector. Anika joins WESTAF from her position as manager of national education initiatives at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she has worked since 2018. There, Anika ensured that arts professionals were equipped with relevant professional learning and support as they sought to provide equitable access to the arts among public school students. This work...
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WESTAF Welcomes the 2021 Emerging Leaders of Color Cohort

By WESTAF News
Since 2010, WESTAF's Emerging Leaders of Color program has convened nearly 100 racially and ethnically diverse leaders working in the arts in the western United States for high-level leadership seminars that have impacted the field of arts administration. Due to the ongoing pandemic and necessary program modifications, we moved our 2021 ELC program online. The virtual convening is currently underway, taking place March 18-19 and 22-24, 2021. We are pleased to announce that the following participants have been selected for WESTAF’s 2021 Emerging Leaders of Color program. 2021 Emerging Leaders of Color Cohort Delbert Anderson, Artist/Educator, DDAT Management | San...
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WESTAF Statement on Murder of Asian American Women and Others in Georgia

By WESTAF News
WESTAF stands with our colleagues, friends, associates, partners, and constituents in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, particularly Asian and Asian American women, who are facing escalating hatred, xenophobia, and violence in a climate of racial animus and scapegoating across the nation.  We express our condolences to the families of the eight people confirmed to have lost their lives and others who have been affected by the senseless acts of violence in Atlanta—Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; Yong Ae Yue, 63; Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; and...
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WESTAF Now Newsletter | February 2021

By Advocacy, CaFE, Convenings, CVSuite, Grants, PAA, Programs, Social Responsibility & Inclusion
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY & INCLUSION            South Arts Emerging Leaders of Color Program Wraps Wednesday, December 9th saw the successful close of the first cohort of the South Arts Emerging Leaders of Color Program (ELC). This program was reimagined for online delivery by the faculty, Salvador Acevedo, Margie Johnson Reese, and WESTAF Inclusion & Equity Division staff members Madalena Salazar and David Holland, in partnership with the program manager, Ethan Messere of South Arts. In this revised program, we were able to add new elements to the program, like the online resource guide (designed by 2015 Colorado...
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WESTAF Now Newsletter | December 2020

By Advocacy, Convenings, CVSuite, Grants, News, Programs, SAAs, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, Staff, Technology, Updates
INCLUSION & EQUITY                                           South Arts Emerging Leaders of Color Conference WESTAF is excited to announce a major milestone in our partnership with South Arts on their inaugural Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) program. WESTAF Manager of Social Equity and Inclusion Madalena Salazar, along with faculty members Salvador Acevedo and Margie Reese, led South Arts in building their ELC program online with a Southern focus. Participants were selected from approximately 100 applicants, and invitations were sent to 12 individuals from Alabama...
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WESTAF Now Newsletter | September 2020

By Advocacy, CaFE, Convenings, CVSuite, GO, Grants, News, PAA, Programs, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, ZAPP
Welcome to WESTAF NOW! WESTAF is excited to introduce our brand new newsletter, WESTAF Now: Arts News and Notes from the West and Beyond. WESTAF Now features arts and culture news from across the western region and the latest updates on WESTAF’s efforts to energize, network, and fund public sector arts agencies and communities in the West. We hope you like the new format!  INCLUSION & EQUITY                                           Leaders of Color  For the past 10 years, WESTAF has been investing in...
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WESTAF Update Notes #109 | May 2020

By CVSuite, Grants, PAA, Programs, Updates

This is the 109th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF.   WESTAF COVID-19 Response Since March, WESTAF has tracked the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the arts field in the West as well as related policy and funding developments, sharing this information with arts service organizations and arts funders in the West and nationally as we formulate ways to provide relief to the field. WESTAF continues to revise the COVID-19 Update and Resources web pages on our website, and a presentation/briefing is updated weekly, providing deeper insights on state-by-state responses to the impact of…

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WESTAF Update Notes #108 | March 2020

By Convenings, Programs, Updates
This is the 108th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF.   COVID-19 Update WESTAF remains open for business and continues to serve our constituents and customers. Our team is continually assessing how to approach these unprecedented circumstances and is working diligently to respond to the rapidly changing climate. We released a brief statement on March 12 and have created a COVID-19 Resources & Information page on our website that we are regularly updating as more information becomes available. We recently shared some information on the implications of COVID-19 in the western region as well as some...
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