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.

July 29, 2020

“As one of the Kennedy Center’s Social Impact initiatives, the Center will launch Arts Across America on July 27, a program to uplift artists and showcase art from communities and regions across the country in this extraordinary time of uncertainty.”

July 15, 2020

“WESTAF is now accepting nominations for its Regional Arts Resilience Fund for arts organizations in the western region. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, July 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM Mountain Time. Complete program details are available here.”

July 8, 2020

“WESTAF awards the 2020-2021 TourWest grants. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations within the WESTAF region for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists.”

July 1, 2020

“WESTAF is pleased to announce the recipients of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Relief Fund for Organizations grants. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, this competitive grant program was established to provide general operating support to arts and cultural organizations in the West that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

June 23, 2020

“The National Endowment for the Arts just announced the 2020 recipients of its National Heritage Fellowships. We are excited to announce that three out of nine awardees are from the WESTAF region.”

June 16, 2020

“WESTAF announced today that it is partnering with its five sister United States Regional Arts Organizations and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to distribute grants from a $10 million emergency investment to support arts and culture organizations.”

June 10, 2020

“The National Endowment for the Arts announces over $84 million for 1,144 new awards to organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and each of the five U.S. territories. 294 awards totaling $19,766,308 will go to organizations in the WESTAF region.”

June 3, 2020

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.” 

June 1, 2020

“WESTAF has released a report detailing the results of its survey on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the creative sector in the western region.” 

March 3, 2020 (updated weekly)

“WESTAF is currently monitoring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the creative economy. This includes understanding how we can make use of official economic data to begin to model potential effects and identify risk factors for and vulnerabilities of creative industries.”