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Update Notes #101 | January 2019

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  WESTAF Update Notes #101 | January 2019 From Leah Horn, Director of Communications, WESTAF This is the 101st in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF.   Update on Emerging Leaders of Color Program 2018 In the fall of 2018, WESTAF hosted 13 arts administrators for its seventh annual professional development program for emerging leaders of color. The program was facilitated by faculty Margie Johnson Reese, a longtime national arts leader; Salvador Acevedo, Vice President of Culture Strategy for the San Francisco-based innovation strategy consulting firm Scansion; and Tamara Alvarado, Executive Director at the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation. The effort was organized by Chrissy Deal, WESTAF’s Manager of Multicultural Initiatives. The 2018 cohort now joins a 90-member alumni network of professionals of color across the WESTAF region. In 2019, WESTAF intends to reconvene a cohort comprised of the alumni of this program to examine issues facing arts administrators of color today. The 2018 participants included: Andre Carbonell, Co-Executive Director/Program Development Coordinator, Slam Nuba/Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization, Denver • Antoine Girard, VSA-TOURS, The Broad, Los Angeles • Laili Gohartaj, Associate Director of Development, Oakland Symphony, Oakland • Victoria Gonzalez, Digital Strategist, Latino Cultural Arts Center,…

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