Advocacy and Policy

WESTAF engages in several projects designed to increase the region's capacity for advocacy aimed at advancing public support for the arts in the West. Twice annually, executive directors of western state arts agencies meet to discuss ways to move support for state arts agencies in the region forward. Annually, WESTAF’s Arts Leadership and Advocacy Seminar brings a small group of arts leaders from the West to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress and their staffs adn to engage in briefings regarding the status and future prospects for federal arts support. WESTAF also provides effective advocacy support to state and local arts agencies throughout the region, including assistance in funding advocacy work in the states and developing advocacy messaging.

As part of WESTAF's commitment to strengthening the financial, organizational and policy infrastructure of the arts in the West, the organization regularly sponsors forums on cultural policy throughout the WESTAF region. These forums provide an opportunity to reflect on cultural policy issues particular to the West, to introduce cultural policy practitioners in the region to one another, and to expand the acquaintance of national and international discussions of cultural policy with thinking and thinkers in the West.

Recognizing the increasing ethnic diversity of the West, WESTAF is working to build capacity for multicultural programming and to develop leadership opportunities for people of color throughout the region. The plan for activities in this area is based on the report of WESTAF's Multicultural Advisory Committee, a group of 13 individuals from across the West who advise WESTAF on ways it can expand and strengthen its commitment to the diverse peoples of the region.

WESTAF's programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access or employment.