Update Notes #102 | March 2019

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WESTAF Update Notes #102 | March 2019 From Leah Horn, Director of Communications, WESTAF This is the 102nd in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF.   More Improvements to CaFE In February, the CaFE website got a refreshed look and feel. The visual improvements are the culmination of a year-long effort by the CaFE team to deliver what artists have been asking for most: improved application workflow, cleaner and brighter buttons, accessibility-friendly colors and font sizes, and site-wide responsive pages. Now artists can explore, filter, and favorite calls while on the go and can also prepare submissions more efficiently—thanks to improved navigation and application workflow. In addition, mobile-friendly web pages allow artists to apply to calls using a phone or tablet.   ZAPP Next in Beta Testing ZAPPlication launched its newest service, ZAPP Next, in beta in January 2019. Designed to connect seamlessly with ZAPP, this latest edition to the ZAPP suite will offer festival administrators the ability to exchange and collect information from the invited artists who will be participating in their shows. While in beta, ZAPP Next is open exclusively to a limited number of fairs and festivals to use and share their feedback…

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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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Update Notes #99 | September 2018

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WESTAF Update Notes #99 | September 2018 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 99th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF. WESTAF Announces Inclusion and Equity Advancement Services In 2043, the country’s population will tip toward a white minority. As nonprofit and public-sector arts organizations take on the challenge of exploring how to serve a broad constituency and effectively address community needs and concerns, WESTAF is introducing inclusion and equity advancement services to provide assistance and guidance in this area. A long-time advocate for equity across the field and a thought leader with a national reputation for creating and building solutions to strengthen the arts field, WESTAF is dedicated to facing challenges alongside clients, as partners, with a shared commitment to eliminating barriers and achieving equitable outcomes for a broad set of stakeholders. Organizations will collaborate with lead consultant Chrissy Deal, who brings more than 20 years of nonprofit, education, and philanthropic experience. Deal serves on the Board of Trustees at the Denver Foundation, where she is a member of the Executive Committee and past chair of its Leadership & Equity committee, whose purpose is to advance racial equity by acknowledging and dismantling the…

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