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WESTAF Announces the Arts + the Rural West Session Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Leah Horn 303.629.1166 leah.horn@westaf.org Diverse group of arts and culture professionals and practitioners gathered to explore the context of and opportunities for rural arts in the West DENVER, CO, Monday, September 14, 2020—The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) announces the publication of the Arts + the Rural West session report. The Arts + the Rural West convening brought together funding and policy organizations with practitioners to consider future directions for rural arts as a policy priority and practice of the field.  This spring, WESTAF’s new Alliances, Advocacy, and Policy and Social Responsibility and Inclusion divisions collaborated…
Samantha Ortega
September 14, 2020
Special ProjectsWESTAF News

Arts Across America

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.Over twenty weeks, Arts Across America will feature free, digital performances from over 200 diverse, visionary artists who play leadership roles in their communities, exemplify unique regional artistic styles, and are using their medium as a tool for advocacy and social justice. Arts Across America is made possible and livestreamed by Facebook and will continue through December 11, 2020. “Bringing the world closer…
Samantha Ortega
July 29, 2020
GrantsWESTAF News

WESTAF Now Accepting Nominations for the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Leah Horn 303.629.1166 leah.horn@westaf.orgNew fund supports the relief and recovery of under-resourced arts and culture organizations in the West DENVER, CO, July 15, 2020—The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is proud to partner with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on a new relief and recovery grant to support arts organizations in the West. The US Regional Arts Resilience Fund was created as an urgent response to the impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s arts organizations. WESTAF will administer the re-granting of over $1.7 million in the fall of 2020 through approximately 30-40 awards ranging from $30,000…
Samantha Ortega
July 15, 2020
GrantsWESTAF News

WESTAF Announces 2020-2021 TourWest Grantees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Leah Horn 303.629.1166 leah.horn@westaf.orgPresenting and touring subsidies for out-of-state performers and literary artists awarded to 236 arts and community organizations in the WestDENVER, CO, July 8, 2020—The Western States Arts Federation (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. The WESTAF region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The…
Samantha Ortega
July 8, 2020
GrantsWESTAF News

WESTAF Announces CARES Relief Fund Awardees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Leah Horn 303.629.1166 leah.horn@westaf.orgFunding provides support for arts and cultural organizations in the West impacted by COVID-19 DENVER, CO, July 1, 2020—The Western States Arts Federation (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. The application for the funds opened on May 6 and closed on May…
Samantha Ortega
July 1, 2020