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Natalie Villa

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New Executive Director Selected

Christian Gaines Named New Executive Director of WESTAF   DENVER, CO — The WESTAF trustees are pleased to announce that Christian Gaines has been selected to serve as the organization’s new executive director. Gaines was hired following a national search that was initiated in May, 2018. He will move to Denver and begin work at the organization in mid January, 2019. WESTAF is a nonprofit organization that weaves together technology, thought leadership, and innovation to energize, network, and grow funding for public sector arts agencies. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, it is one of six regional arts organizations in the United…
Natalie Villa
October 4, 2018

Update Notes #99 | September 2018

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…
Natalie Villa
September 21, 2018

Update Notes # 98 | July 2018

WESTAF Update Notes #98 | July 2018 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 98th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF. California Arts Council Funding Victory The latest California state budget includes an $8.8 million increase for the California Arts Council. The increase, which can hopefully be retained in future years, was possible due the diligent work of the California Arts Advocates organization, working with a seasoned lobbyist and the Arts Council staff and board. WESTAF is pleased that the earned-income funds allocated to support California’s arts lobbyist helped make a difference again this…
Natalie Villa
July 16, 2018

Update Notes #96 | March 2018

WESTAF Update Notes #96 | March 2018 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 96th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF. Public Art Archive™ Collection Management System In March of 2018, the public art field will have access to a collection-management system developed by the Public Art Archive in collaboration with technology partner CollectionSpace. The tool has been built specifically for public art collections and will accommodate the workflow of the public art process from commissioning through conservation. The system is designed to reduce staff time while increasing the flow of information to administrators,…
Natalie Villa
March 5, 2018

Update Notes #95 | December 2017

WESTAF Update Notes #95 | December 2017 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director   This is the 95th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF. Successful Symposium on Public Art in Honolulu WESTAF partnered with the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Forecast Public Art to organize WESTAF's 17th cultural policy symposium, The Future History of Public Art, in Honolulu. The event brought together public art administrators, artists, critics, curators, academics, preservationists, and researchers from six countries, including New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. The focus of the symposium was to…
Natalie Villa
December 11, 2017

Update Notes #94 | September 2017

WESTAF Update Notes #94 | September 2017 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 94th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF. WESTAF Executive Director Anthony Radich Elected to Technology Oversight Group WESTAF Executive Director Anthony Radich has been elected to serve as a member of the CollectionSpace leadership working group. CollectionSpace is a free, open-source collections management application used by museums, historical societies, biological collections, and other collections-holding organizations. The leadership working group reviews and prioritizes software development, technical infrastructure, and user support roadmaps to help CollectionSpace meet the diverse needs of a wide…
Natalie Villa
September 27, 2017

Update Notes #93 | July 2017

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…
Natalie Villa
July 25, 2017

Update Notes #92 | May 2017

WESTAF Update Notes #92 | May 2017 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 92nd in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF Advocacy Efforts to Support the National Endowment for the Arts WESTAF has expanded its advocacy work on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts. Recently, three contractors were hired to focus exclusively on this project and to work closely with our regional network of advocates. Yvonne Montoya, director of Safos Dance Theatre in Tucson, is activating our Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) network; Craig Watson, the immediate past Director of the California…
Natalie Villa
May 18, 2017

Update Notes #91 | March 2017

WESTAF Update Notes #91 | March 2017 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 91st in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF CVSuite™ Now Offering Ethnicity Data WESTAF’s Creative Vitality™ Suite has recently added ethnicity data to its robust creative economy data and reporting offerings. Now, in addition to having access to the number of creative occupations, industry earnings, creative industry occupations, wages per occupation, and concentration of occupations compared to the national average, users of the CVSuite can view ethnicity data by region, creative occupation, and creative industry. The data are available at the…
Natalie Villa
March 17, 2017