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A gathering and conference on the Creative Economy  

WESTAF and partners present the 2024 Creative Vitality Summit

April 9 - 10, 2024

Now in its third year, the Creative Vitality™ Summit will bring together artists, designers, technologists, arts advocates, and policy experts to consider the impact of new economic models, new forms of investment, and technological change in arts, culture, and the creative economy.

The Creative Vitality Summit is hosted by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a nonprofit regional arts organization with deep experience studying the impact of arts and the creative economy, particularly in investigating and comparing regional creative vitality through the CV Summit.

Recently, WESTAF completed a major multi-year creative economy strategic planning process for the Washington State Department of Commerce and a national creative economy and economic recovery study with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies The 2024 summit will feature a range of experts exploring topics including artists and extended reality (XR); creative economy policymaking in state and regions; transforming investments in artists, creative workers, and communities; artificial intelligence and the creative economy, and more. Discussions will be led by diverse and dynamic practitioners and field experts, many of whom are artists and creative entrepreneurs themselves. Thank you to our partners MUD Foundation, rootoftwo, and Near Future Laboratory for their partnership on the design of this year’s Summit. 





The Creative Vitality Summit will bring together numerous panelists, speakers, and virtual participants from across the country over two days to convene a unique community of creative economy enthusiasts and skeptics, new economy advocates, creative economy policymakers, philanthropy professionals, arts leaders, and trailblazers. Confirmed speakers, panelists, and facilitators include Cezanne Charles, rootoftwo; Alice Yuan Zhang, artist; Salome Asega, New Inc.; Julian Bleecker, Near Future Laboratory; John Marshall, rootoftwo; Rodolfo Peraza, MUD Foundation; Anthony Mendez (Queef Latina), artist; David Sainte, artist; Gretchen Andrew, artist; Shannon Halberstadt, Washington State Department of Commerce; David Yoshitomi, County of Ventura; Josh Blanchard, Colorado Creative Industries; Georja Skinner, Hawaii Creative Industries, David Holland, WESTAF; Randy Engstrom, Third Way Creative; Patton Hindel, Artlandia; Ariel Baron Robbins, artist; Judilee Reed, United States Artists; Wade Wallerstein, Gray Area; Michelle Kasprzak, curator; Xinran Yuan, producer; John Tayer, Boulder Chamber of Commerce; Cody Borst, Meow Wolf; and Gary Steuer, Bonfils Stanton Foundation.