StaffWESTAF News

David Holland Assumes Expanded Role as Director of Impact and Public Policy

We are delighted to announce that David Holland, WESTAF’s director of public policy, will be assuming a more expansive role at WESTAF, under the newly revised title of director of impact and public policy. In addition to his current portfolio leading WESTAF’s Alliances, Advocacy and Public Policy (AAP) division and serving as an advisor to the Creative Vitality™ Suite team, he will also be responsible for the design, development, resourcing, implementation and maintenance of the complete WESTAF program portfolio, which includes both the AAP and Social Responsibility and Inclusion (SRI) divisions. These responsibilities include the leadership of new programs and…
Samantha Ortega
December 9, 2020
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WESTAF Executive Director Christian Gaines Elected to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ 2021 Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leah Horn 303.629.1166 leah.horn@westaf.orgDenver, CO, November 13, 2020—The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is pleased to announce the election of Christian Gaines to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) board of directors. As a member of NASAA’s board of directors, Gaines will serve alongside a diverse and accomplished group of arts and cultural leaders from across the country. "We enthusiastically welcome Christian to the NASAA board," said NASAA President and CEO Pam Breaux. "He brings a breadth of knowledge, a fierce commitment to serving the public, and genuine passion for the arts. We are…
Samantha Ortega
November 13, 2020

WESTAF Update Notes #105 | September 2019

This is the 105th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF.   2019 Emerging Leaders of Color Program  WESTAF’s ninth Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) program will take place October 7-9 in Denver. WESTAF will host 15 ELC alumni for this year's convening. Alumni participants include: Christy NaMee Eriksen (Alaska), Yvonne Montoya (Arizona), Abraham Flores (California), Laili Gohartaj (California), Mariana Moscoso (California), Alexandria Jimenez (Colorado), Julz Bolinayen Ignacio (Washington/Hawai‘i), Anastacio Del Real (Nevada), Michelle Patrick (Nevada), Sandra Margarita Ward (Nevada), Gabrielle Uballez (New Mexico), Candace Kita (Oregon), Humberto Marquez Mendez (Oregon), Renato Olmedo-González (Utah), and Moana…
Samantha Ortega
November 12, 2019

Director of Public Policy

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…
Samantha Ortega
August 2, 2019

WESTAF Update Notes #104 | July 2019

This is the 104th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF.   Update on Alaska State Council on the Arts Many of you are aware of the situation in Alaska. For those who have not been tracking the issue, on Friday, June 28, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy cut $444 million from Alaska’s state operating budget, slashing services in addition to the cuts already made by the Alaska Legislature—an action that effectively eliminated the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Absent of state sales or income tax, funding for public services in Alaska is derived from oil…
Samantha Ortega
July 23, 2019

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 #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 #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 #75 | April 2013

WESTAF Update Notes #75 | April 2013 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 75th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF ZAPP Announces New Enhancements and 2013 Arts Festival Conference Location In March, the ZAPP® system launched a series of significant enhancements for both artists and festival administrator users. The improved artist interface employs a sleeker, modern look and convenient ways to interact with the art festival community. Artists also enjoy smarter ways to locate and easily apply to shows, including a searchable calendar, improved keyword search, and the ability to mark shows as…
adam sesktokas
July 2, 2015

Update Notes #71 | August 2012

WESTAF Update Notes #71 | August 2012 From Anthony Radich, Executive Director This is the 71st in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF IMTour Grant Recipients Selected The artist roster for the WESTAF Independent Music Tour (IMTour) project has now been selected. The artists were chosen by a national panel of music industry professionals, consisting of  booking agents Erick Carer of Uncle Booking; Craig Grossman and David Priebe of Green Room Music Source; and Stefan Goldby, Executive Producer at Buzzine Networks. These panelists work with the largest names in independent music and were immensely helpful in identifying…
adam sesktokas
July 2, 2015