Cultivate Change

WESTAF regularly convenes experts and leaders from a variety of fields to address critical issues that affect arts and culture and to provide an opportunity for practitioners and thinkers in the region to reflect on issues particular to the West while considering a national context.

Creative Vitality™ Summit

The 2024 Creative Vitality Summit, a conference on the creative economy, featured a series of speakers, panels, and community-led discussions around how the creative economy intersects with the solidarity economy and other alternative economic models.

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Cultural Policy Symposia

WESTAF organizes symposia of experts and leaders from fields both inside and outside the arts to address critical issues affecting arts and culture.

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Arts Leadership and Advocacy Seminar (ALAS)

The Arts Leadership and Advocacy Seminar (ALAS) brings together arts leaders from the West to engage in and discuss briefings related to the status of and future prospects for federal arts support.

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Arts + Rural West Seminar

Arts + the Rural West brings 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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Emerging Leaders of Color

The Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) program promotes diverse, representative leadership and equity in the field of arts administration in our 13-state Western region.

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State Arts Agency Development Program

WESTAF delivers regular professional development programs that provide valuable learning and networking opportunities for state arts agency staff in WESTAF member states.

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