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WESTAF Receives Transformational Gift from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Leah Horn 303.629.1166 leah.horn@westaf.orgDENVER, CO—The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is the recipient of a one-time, unrestricted gift of $8 Million from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett. The gift is part of a new round of 286 grants from the philanthropists, totaling $2.74 billion.   In her most recent post, Mackenzie Scott writes: “Arts and cultural institutions can strengthen communities by transforming spaces, fostering empathy, reflecting community identity, advancing economic mobility, improving academic outcomes, lowering crime rates, and improving mental health, so we evaluated smaller arts organizations creating these benefits with artists and audiences from culturally rich…
Samantha Ortega
June 22, 2021
Special ProjectsWESTAF News

WESTAF’s CVSuite™ and Public Art Archive™ Announce 6 Can’t-Miss Public Art Stops of the Southwest

New Creative Vitality™ List showcases creative cities with full public art collections DENVER, CO, May 7, 2021—Following up on its Top 10 Music Cities and 30 Most Creative Small Cities lists, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a nonprofit arts service organization and leading provider of innovative web services for the arts, is excited to announce the newest Creative Vitality List: 6 Can’t-Miss Public Art Stops of the Southwest.  The third in a series of data-driven lists that profile and celebrate the arts, culture, and creativity of America's most vital and vibrant places and spaces, 6 Can’t-Miss Public Art Stops of the…
Samantha Ortega
May 7, 2021
StaffWESTAF News

WESTAF Welcomes New Director of Social Responsibility and Inclusion Anika Kwinana

Anika Kwinana will join WESTAF in early April 2021 as director of social responsibility and inclusion, to inform and develop a range of equity-centered learning experiences that connect and inspire leaders and communities to build a more inclusive arts and culture sector. Anika joins WESTAF from her position as manager of national education initiatives at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she has worked since 2018. There, Anika ensured that arts professionals were equipped with relevant professional learning and support as they sought to provide equitable access to the arts among public school students. This work…
Samantha Ortega
March 24, 2021