WESTAF’s CVSuite ™ and Public Art Archive ™ Announce 6 Must-See Southwest Public Art Stops


DENVER, May 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Tracking its lists of the Top 10 Music Towns and the 30 Most Creative Small Towns, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a not-for-profit arts service organization and leading provider of innovative web services for the arts, is excited to announce the latest Creative Vitality list: 6 Impossible-Miss Public Art Stops from the southwest.

The third in a series of data-driven lists that showcase 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 Southwest was created in collaboration with WESTAF Public art archives and explores cities with public art collections that represent the region’s promise and complexity, tell stories of creative vitality, and embrace the unique identity and diversity of the arts and people of the Southwest. Full of neighborhood spots and local favorites, the list also encourages support for small businesses in times of economic recovery.

Use of WESTAF data CVSuite A creative economy data tool, the list provides regional creative economy statistics for each of six different cities with public art collections to interact and experience firsthand the local creative economy. “By partnering with Public Art Archive, we were able to shed light on the overlap of creativity in areas of the region using data science. We analyzed the regions first using the Creative Vitality ™ Index and then overlaying data from the Public Art Archive database. Using this methodology, we were able to identify incredible pockets of creativity, ”said CVSuite Business Coordinator Kelly ernst.

“We look forward to collaborating on projects that require further analysis of the public art data that makes up the PAA database,” said the head of public art archives. Lori Goldstein. “It gives us a significant opportunity to explore the varied and expansive forms of public art designed to enrich and activate public spaces. We are thrilled to be part of a project that promotes public art as a lens through which to explore a particular place.

WESTAF Creative Vitality Lists provide insight into different trends in neighborhoods, regions and states and filter, compare and contrast creative economy data to highlight creative vitality in communities across United States. Look for the following listing in late 2021.

About CVSuite â„¢, Public Art Archive â„¢ and WESTAF
Creative Vitality â„¢ Suite provides high-quality creative economy data and reports to organizations to help them measure and demonstrate the impact of the creative economy. Public Art Archive â„¢ is a free, ever-growing, online and mobile database of completed public art works. CVSuite and Public Art Archive were developed and are managed by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts. WESTAF assists state arts agencies, arts organizations and artists in their quest to serve diverse audiences, enrich the lives of local communities, and provide access to the arts and arts education for all. Through innovative programming, advocacy, research, technology and grantmaking, WESTAF encourages the creative advancement and preservation of the arts regionally and through a national network of clients and alliances.

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