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Celebrating 50 Years of WESTAF

This year marks a monumental milestone as we celebrate 50 years of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)! As we look back on five decades of impactful work, we are filled with gratitude for the support and collaboration of our partners, supporters, and communities. As part of this celebration, our own Natalie Villa is creating a "WESTAF at 50" documentary series highlighting the beginnings of WESTAF, to the development of our technology services and more. Tune in below to learn more! WESTAF Turns 50 Playlist
Natalie Scherlong
July 1, 2024
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WESTAF Software Development RFQ

WESTAF is excited to announce a new Request for Qualifications (RFQ) opportunity. We are looking for a software developer who can partner with us on our next technology vision to become the place for creative opportunity.Please use the form below to submit your company for consideration. Submissions will be accepted through July 8, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. MDT.
Natalie Scherlong
June 12, 2024
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FestPAC is Here: Notes on the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture

FestPAC is Here: Notes on the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture. Where do we go from here? What do we do with our desolation? How obscene is it that communities with the smallest carbon footprint—like low-lying islands and atolls in the middle of the Pacific Ocean—are paying the steepest price for a crisis we had almost no hand in creating? How do warm-blooded longings for equity and justice figure into global discourse dominated by the cold language of mitigation and adaptation? How do we stay sane as well as sentient? – Julian Aguon, The Properties of Perpetual Light  …
Natalie Scherlong
June 4, 2024
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Announcing A New Grant Opportunity: Cultural Sustainability

Cultural Sustainability is made possible by support from The Wallace Foundation in partnership with the six US Regional Arts Organizations (USRAOs). This opportunity is part of The Wallace Foundation’s Advancing Well-Being in the Arts initiative, which funds arts organizations founded by, with, and for communities of color to advance their well-being, enhance understanding of their contributions to community, and ultimately help to build a more equitable and sustainable arts ecosystem. Cultural Sustainability offers general operating grants to arts and culture organizations led by and serving communities of color with budgets under $500,000. The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) will select…
Natalie Scherlong
June 3, 2024
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WESTAF’s 2024-25 TourWest Grant Accepting Applications

WESTAF’s 2024-25 TourWest grant application is officially open! For nearly 30 years, TourWest has provided subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of touring performers and literary artists in the 13 states and 3 jurisdictions in the WESTAF region. Through TourWest, WESTAF and the National Endowment for the Arts aim to encourage the presentation of performing arts programming to culturally diverse audiences and those that do not typically enjoy ready access to the performing arts. Presenters can include but are not limited to community cultural organizations, community centers, churches, schools/colleges/universities, libraries, museums, film festivals/series, and performing arts centers.…
Natalie Scherlong
April 15, 2024