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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.

“WESTAF stands with our colleagues, friends, associates, partners, and constituents in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, particularly Asian and Asian American women, who are facing escalating hatred, xenophobia, and violence in a climate of racial animus and scapegoating across the nation.”

“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 15, 2021

“Fourteen organizations in the WESTAF region are part of a group of 61 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2021-2022 NEA Big Read grant. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.”

June 8, 2021

“The National Endowment for the Arts launched the PAD program in 2015 to promote U.S. artists to international programmers, festival directors, and venue managers.”

May 7, 2021

“Following up on its Top 10 Music Cities and 30 Most Creative Small Cities lists, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a nonprofit arts service organization and leading provider of innovative web services for the arts, is excited to announce the newest Creative Vitality List: 6 Can’t-Miss Public Art Stops of the Southwest.”

March 24, 2021

“Anika Kwinana will join WESTAF in early April 2021 as director of social responsibility and inclusion, to inform and develop a range of equity-centered learning experiences that connect and inspire leaders and communities to build a more inclusive arts and culture sector.”

March 23, 2021

“Since 2010, WESTAF’s Emerging Leaders of Color program has convened nearly 100 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.”

February 10, 2021

“WESTAF’s TourWest 2021-2022 grant cycle is now open! Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, TourWest provides subsidies to arts and community organizations within the 13-state WESTAF region for the presentation of touring performers and literary artists.”

January 22, 2021

“WESTAF announces new Arts and Economic Recovery research, conducted in collaboration with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and Indiana State University, demonstrating how the arts strengthen the economy following periods of acute economic distress.”

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.”

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