Arts news in the WESTAF region

The WESTAF region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Stay up-to-date on our programs, convenings, research, reports, technology, funding opportunities, and partnerships by subscribing to our bimonthly newsletter here.

“We at WESTAF, like others who share a commitment to advancing racial equity, are deeply affected by the events of the last few weeks and their impact across the nation. We join with many others nationwide in condemning the recent death of George Floyd in circumstances that involved police use-of-force.”

January 8, 2021

“Since 2010, WESTAF’s Emerging Leaders of Color program has convened more than 90 racially and ethnically diverse leaders working in the arts in the western United States for high-level leadership seminars that have impacted the field of arts administration.”

December 9, 2020

“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.”

November 23, 2020

“During these difficult times, it is important for us to remain resilient and hopeful. We’re excited to introduce Stories of Resilience, a collection of stories that highlight the optimism and creativity demonstrated by the 13 western states in our region.”

November 13, 2020

“The six U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs) Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, South Arts, and WESTAF join Americans for the Arts in congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.”

November 12, 2020

“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.”

October 27, 2020

“WESTAF announced the recipients of the WESTAF Regional Arts Resilience Fund grants. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the U.S. Regional Arts Resilience Fund, these grants were designed to help mitigate the financial threat of COVID-19 to the sector by providing funding for small- and mid-sized arts organizations that are regarded by their peers as having statewide, regional, or national impact.”

September 30, 2020

“The second in WESTAF’s series of data-driven lists that profile and celebrate the arts, culture, and creativity of America’s most vital and vibrant places and spaces, the Top 10 Music Cities You Need to Know About showcases the thriving local music scenes of smaller cities across the country.”

September 14, 2020

“The Arts + the Rural West convening brought together funding and policy organizations with practitioners to consider future directions for rural arts as a policy priority and practice of the field.”

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