Cultural Policy Symposia

WESTAF regularly convenes experts and leaders from fields both inside and outside the arts to address critical issues affecting arts and culture. These annual forums provide an opportunity to reflect on cultural policy issues particular to the West, to introduce practitioners in the region to one another, and to expand the acquaintance of national and international discussions of cultural policy with thinkers in the West. Learn more about WESTAF’s Cultural Policy Symposia.

Arts Leadership and Advocacy Seminar

WESTAF’s Arts Leadership and Advocacy Seminar brings together the WESTAF trustees and a small group of arts leaders from the West to Washington, DC annually. The purposes of the seminar are to engage in briefings regarding the status and future prospects for federal arts support, to meet with members of Congress and their staffs, and to join the WESTAF trustees in a discussion of ways to generate more state-government support for the work of state arts agencies. Learn more about WESTAF’s Arts Leadership and Advocacy Seminar.


The Dinner-Vention is the invention of Barry’s Blog editor and former California Arts Council director Barry Hessenius, in collaboration with Shannon Daut, former executive director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. The term Dinner-Vention was crafted to reflect the richness of a good dinner conversation and the critical need for an intervention to help the field move forward in order to succeed in a changing environment. Learn more about WESTAF’s Dinner-Vention.