Category

Policy

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...
Read More

Update Notes #93 | July 2017

By Convenings, CVSuite, Newsletter, Policy, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, Technology, Updates
WESTAF Update Notes #93 | July 2017 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 93rd in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF. CVSuite™ Now Helps Measure the Diversity of Your Creative Economy The addition of ethnicity data is a recent important enhancement to WESTAF’s Creative Vitality™ Suite creative economy data tool. Users of the tool can now use it to identify the ethnic makeup of workers in various creative industries and to compare those findings to the ethnic makeup of the geographic populations in which the creative occupations are located. How inclusive is your creative...
Read More

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...
Read More

Update Notes #88 | August 2016

By Convenings, CVSuite, IMTour, Newsletter, PAA, Policy, SAAs, Tech, Updates
WESTAF Update Notes #88 | August 2016 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 88th in a continuing series of update about the work of WESTAF Louisiana Partners with CVSuite™ The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development has entered into a multi-year partnership with WESTAF to use extensive data from the Creative Vitality Suite™ (CVSuite). An important feature of the partnership is the development of several enhancements to the CVSuite tool, including additional creative industry and occupation codes in the culinary and restoration occupation sectors to better capture the diversity of Louisiana’s creative economy. The updates will be available in...
Read More

Update Notes #87 | April 2016

By Advocacy, Articles, CaFE, Convenings, CVSuite, Events, Newsletter, Policy, SAAs, Tech, Updates, ZAPP
WESTAF Update Notes #87 | April 2016 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 87th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF Hessenius Report on Nonprofit-Arts Communications Released Last year, Barry Hessenius, the editor ofBarry’s Blog, surveyed the nonprofit arts field to obtain information about how administrators in the nonprofit arts use communications within the sector. The inquiry explored a variety of subjects, including: a) which communications tools are currently used by arts-organization personnel; b) which sources of information are most valued and trusted by arts-organization personnel;  c) how arts administrators are managing the high...
Read More

Update Notes #85 | October 2015

By Advocacy, Convenings, Newsletter, Policy, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, Tech, Updates
WESTAF Update Notes #85 | October 2015 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director 
This is the 85th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF Performing Arts Discovery Advisory Committee Formed The NEA-initiated and funded Performing Arts Discovery project is moving forward. WESTAF has partnered with the Western Arts Alliance (WAA), the region's stand-alone presenter service organization, to realize the project's goals. One of the first action steps is convening an advisory committee in Denver October 29-30. The committee, composed of experts from the United States and abroad, will advise WESTAF and WAA on the most productive methods...
Read More

Update Notes #82 | March 2015

By CaFE, Convenings, CVSuite, GO, Newsletter, Policy, Updates
WESTAF Update Notes #82 | March 2015 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 82nd in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF WESTAF-Region Arts Advocates Convene in Washington, DC For the fourth consecutive year, WESTAF brought 50 arts advocates to Washington for an advocacy and leadership seminar. The purpose of the seminar was for participants to learn more about federal arts funding and also for them to communicate the value of federal support for the arts to their members of Congress. The meeting opened with a presentation by political strategist and former Obama campaign official...
Read More

Update Notes #80 | July 2014

By Advocacy, CaFE, CVSuite, Newsletter, Policy, SAAs, Updates
WESTAF Update Notes #80 | July 2014 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 80th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF Resolutions Project Prepares for Public Launch To help state leaders understand how to make more and better use of their state arts agencies, WESTAF has launched the Resolutions Project. The project is designed to inform elected officials and other leaders of ways they can partner with state arts agencies around education reform, economic development, tourism development, and other key state agenda items. Currently, the project is being introduced to the governing boards of the...
Read More

Update Notes #78 | January 2014

By Advocacy, Convenings, Events, Newsletter, Policy, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, Updates
WESTAF Update Notes #78 | January 2014 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 78th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF Initial Participants in WESTAF’s 15th Cultural Policy Symposium Announced In collaboration with the California Arts Council, WESTAF will sponsor its 2014 symposium, Creativity and Innovation in Public Education. This 15th gathering of arts and policy experts will convene March 3-5 at architect Frank Gehry’s studio in Santa Monica. Gehry will also present the opening symposium address. Confirmed symposium participants include: James S. Catterall, Director, Centers for Research on Creativity, Professor Emeritus, University of...
Read More

Update Notes #77 | October 2013

By Convenings, Events, Newsletter, Policy, Updates, ZAPP
WESTAF Update Notes #77 | October 2013 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 77th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF WESTAF and Barry’s Blog Host Dinner-Vention On September 6, 2013, WESTAF’s Dinner-Vention project brought 12 young, influential, and diverse arts leaders together for dinner and a discussion of critical issues facing the arts sector. The dinner took place at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program facilities in Woodside, California. Margot Knight, a former WESTAF Trustee and current director of the Djerassi organization, made the Djerassi location and co-sponsorship possible. The Dinner-Vention was created and organized...
Read More