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WESTAF Now Newsletter | August 2022

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Thought Leadership and reach            Creative Vitality™ Summit Scheduled for Late November Last year, WESTAF presented its inaugural Creative Vitality™ Summit (CVSummit), which took place virtually. We’re excited to announce that we have confirmed dates for our second convening, a hybrid event that will take place November 30th and December 1st, 2022! A co-design team has been busy planning four dynamic panels who will meet in-person in Denver, featuring timely topics such as Tech and the Creative Economy, Digital Placekeeping, Belonging and Civic Imagination, and Liberatory Investment Models for the Creative Economy. This year’s co-design team...
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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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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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WESTAF Now Newsletter | August 2021

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INCLUSION & EQUITY                                         WESTAF ELC Alumna Joins Social Responsibility and Inclusion Team We are thrilled to welcome Ashanti McGee as WESTAF’s new Grants and Access Manager. Ashanti is an artist and arts advocate who has called Las Vegas, Nevada home for over 25 years. She began her arts administrative work assisting local grassroots and nonprofits with grant writing and management and continued working in this area for over a decade. In 2014, she was selected as the Nevada representative for WESTAF's...
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WESTAF Now Newsletter | June 2021

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ARP INTENT TO APPLY NOW OPEN                   American Rescue Plan Fund for Organizations Now Accepting Intents to Apply With support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Endowment), WESTAF will manage the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Fund for Organizations. WESTAF ARP is a competitive grant program that provides general operating support to arts and cultural organizations in the West that are most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In alignment with Arts Endowment priorities, WESTAF ARP will focus on funding to organizations that serve and/or are led by Black, Indigenous, and People of...
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WESTAF Now Newsletter | April 2021

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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 Now Newsletter | February 2021

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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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