WESTAF is engaged in several projects to increase the region’s capacity for advocacy aimed at advancing public support for the arts in the West.
Executive Director Forums
Twice annually, WESTAF convenes executive directors of state arts agencies in the West to discuss ways to increase support for these agencies.
Arts Leadership and Advocacy Seminar
Each February, WESTAF’s Arts Leadership and Advocacy Seminar brings a group of arts leaders from the West to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress and their staffs, engage in briefings regarding the status and future prospects for federal arts support, and to discuss with the WESTAF trustees ways to generate more state government support for the work of state arts agencies. WESTAF also provides advocacy support to state and local arts agencies in the West, including helping to fund professional-level advocacy work and developing effective advocacy messaging.
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Advocacy in Support of the NEA
WESTAF believes strongly in public support for the arts and opposes President Trump’s proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Stay informed on the issue and learn more about why sustaining federal arts funding is so important by clicking here.
Since 2006, each state in the WESTAF region has been eligible to receive funds to support advocacy on behalf of the state’s arts agency. This advocacy support to state and local arts agencies in the West includes helping to fund professional-level advocacy work and developing effective advocacy messaging.