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2021 Creative Vitality Summit Report

WESTAF Announces 2021 Creative Vitality™ Summit Report

By Advocacy, CVSuite, News, Programs, WESTAF News
The 2021 Creative Vitality™ Summit report is here! The Summit brought together thought leaders and creative economy experts to discuss opportunities and challenges for creative workers and entrepreneurs, as well as building a more community-centered creative economy. Topics ranged from opportunities for, and threats to, creative workers and entrepreneurs, in addition to impact investing and building creative economy infrastructure through networks and policy. We recently compiled all of the resources and recommendations generated during the Creative Vitality™ Summit into a single report to share with you. To learn more about the convening, as well as how we hope to build...
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TourWest Impact Assessment

WESTAF Announces Plans for a More Accessible TourWest Program

By Grants, News, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, WESTAF News
TourWest is WESTAF’s competitive grant program that has historically provided subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of touring performers and literary artists within the 13-state WESTAF region. Since its inaugural year, TourWest has allocated approximately $500,000 a year in small amounts throughout the region. Through its longstanding efforts, TourWest has brought touring to a region covering nearly a quarter of the continent but holding only about 3% of the population in the 1960s. Cultural leaders in the Western states pursued a way of making tours more affordable for rural communities in addition to making them more attractive...
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WESTAF Update Notes #105 | September 2019

By News, Newsletter, Staff, Updates, ZAPP

This is the 105th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF.   2019 Emerging Leaders of Color Program  WESTAF’s ninth Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) program will take place October 7-9 in Denver. WESTAF will host 15 ELC alumni for this year’s convening. Alumni participants include: Christy NaMee Eriksen (Alaska), Yvonne Montoya (Arizona), Abraham Flores (California), Laili Gohartaj (California), Mariana Moscoso (California), Alexandria Jimenez (Colorado), Julz Bolinayen Ignacio (Washington/Hawai‘i), Anastacio Del Real (Nevada), Michelle Patrick (Nevada), Sandra Margarita Ward (Nevada), Gabrielle Uballez (New Mexico), Candace Kita (Oregon), Humberto Marquez Mendez (Oregon), Renato Olmedo-González (Utah), and Moana…

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Director of Public Policy

By News, Policy, Staff, Updates
WESTAF Welcomes David Holland as Director of Public Policy David Holland will join WESTAF later in August 2019 as director of public policy, a new role that will guide WESTAF’s public policy and arts advocacy programs and services. Holland previously served as associate director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, a chapter of Americans for the Arts. Prior roles include management positions with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) da Vinci Center for Innovation, VCU School of the Arts, Arts & Business, and the UK innovation think tank Nesta. Holland began his career with BOP Consulting, a global consulting firm...
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New Executive Director Selected

By News, Staff
Christian Gaines Named New Executive Director of WESTAF   DENVER, CO — The WESTAF trustees are pleased to announce that Christian Gaines has been selected to serve as the organization’s new executive director. Gaines was hired following a national search that was initiated in May, 2018. He will move to Denver and begin work at the organization in mid January, 2019. WESTAF is a nonprofit organization that weaves together technology, thought leadership, and innovation to energize, network, and grow funding for public sector arts agencies. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, it is one of six regional arts organizations in the United...
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Update Notes #96 | March 2018

By Convenings, Events, GO, IMTour, News, Newsletter, PAA, SAAs, Tech, Technology, Updates
WESTAF Update Notes #96 | March 2018 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 96th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF. Public Art Archive™ Collection Management System In March of 2018, the public art field will have access to a collection-management system developed by the Public Art Archive in collaboration with technology partner CollectionSpace. The tool has been built specifically for public art collections and will accommodate the workflow of the public art process from commissioning through conservation. The system is designed to reduce staff time while increasing the flow of information to administrators,...
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Update Notes #95 | December 2017

By Convenings, News, Newsletter, PAA, SAAs, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, Technology, Updates
WESTAF Update Notes #95 | December 2017 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director   This is the 95th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF. Successful Symposium on Public Art in Honolulu WESTAF partnered with the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Forecast Public Art to organize WESTAF's 17th cultural policy symposium, The Future History of Public Art, in Honolulu. The event brought together public art administrators, artists, critics, curators, academics, preservationists, and researchers from six countries, including New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. The focus of the symposium was to...
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Update Notes #92 | May 2017

By Advocacy, Articles, GO, News, Newsletter, SAAs, Staff, Technology, Updates, ZAPP
WESTAF Update Notes #92 | May 2017 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 92nd in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF Advocacy Efforts to Support the National Endowment for the Arts WESTAF has expanded its advocacy work on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts. Recently, three contractors were hired to focus exclusively on this project and to work closely with our regional network of advocates. Yvonne Montoya, director of Safos Dance Theatre in Tucson, is activating our Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) network; Craig Watson, the immediate past Director of the California...
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Update Notes #90 | January 2017

By Advocacy, Convenings, Events, News, Newsletter, Policy, SAAs, Updates, ZAPP
WESTAF Update Notes #90 | January 2017 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 90th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF Sixth Arts Leadership and Advocacy Seminar For the sixth consecutive year, WESTAF will bring 60 arts advocates from the West to Washington, DC. During the January 30 through February 1 meeting, participants will learn more about the current and planned future work of the NEA, hear updates on federal-level advocacy efforts, and meet with their members of Congress. The speaker for the Seminar’s opening dinner is Sam Stein, senior politics editor at the...
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Update Notes #70 | June 2012

By Convenings, CVSuite, Events, News, Newsletter, Staff, Updates
WESTAF Update Notes #70 | June 2012 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 70th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF WESTAF Announces Two New Research Fellows WESTAF is pleased to announce the addition of two research fellows to the Creative Vitality™ Index team. Lori Pfingst is the Senior Policy Analyst at the Washington State Budget and Policy Center and has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Washington. Pfingst will work with the CVI™ team to evaluate additional arts, culture, and creative economy data streams to include in the updated CVI™ Data on...
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