Multicultural Initiatives

Multicultural Initiatives

Recognizing the increasing diversity of the West, WESTAF has adopted a set of organizational core values and goals to make it more representative of and responsive to the cultures of the region. The organization strives to reflect the values, insights, spirit, and knowledge of communities of color, indigenous peoples, and other underrepresented ethnic communities in the West, and ensure its programs and initiatives incorporate the diverse perspectives of the region. Through its multicultural initiatives, WESTAF promotes multicultural leadership in the arts by establishing a pipeline of diverse arts leaders prepared to advance the field; facilitating mutually beneficial relationships between emerging and established professionals from traditionally underrepresented communities; developing culturally responsive technology systems that benefit the arts and creative industries; and proactively engaging state arts agencies and arts and cultural policy leaders in efforts that promote diversity, inclusion and equity at the local, state, and regional level.

In 2010, at the direction of regional representatives who comprise the Multicultural Advisory Committee, WESTAF introduced its annual professional development seminar that engages diverse emerging leaders in coursework and activities designed to strengthen competencies and prepare participants for leadership positions in the field. The program strives to provide opportunities for promising arts professionals to establish networks that support their careers and the cultural interests of the communities they represent and serve, while deepening their understanding of the arts in the United States and how public support sustains the vibrancy of the sector.

For more information about WESTAF’s multicultural initiatives, please contact Chrissy Deal.

WESTAF Multicultural Advisory Committee

The Multicultural Advisory Committee is comprised of citizens from the WESTAF region and beyond who have been appointed to the committee by the WESTAF chair. The Committee includes some WESTAF trustees as members; however, the Committee is largely populated by individuals who are not members of the WESTAF Board of Trustees. The group meets in person twice a year and periodically meets as a group with the WESTAF trustees.

The Committee is an advisory group of arts administrators, artists and arts advocates working to promote multicultural leadership in the arts through policy, project and program development. Established in 1992, the Committee has played a leading role in the diversification of the board and staff of WESTAF and also in the development of programs for the WESTAF region that advance multicultural leadership in the field, especially among emerging leaders of color in the arts.

  • Teniqua Broughton, Chair
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Lucero Arellano
    Sacramento, California
  • SuJ’n Chon
    Seattle, Washington
  • Loie Fecteau
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Amir Jackson
    Ogden, Utah
  • Tamara Alvarado, Vice Chair
    San Jose, California
  • Tony Garcia
    Denver, Colorado
  • Eric Hayashi
    Walnut Creek, California
  • Kimberly Howard
    Portland, Oregon
  • Aaron Miles
    Lapwai, Idaho
  • Tey Marianna Nunn
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

Emerging Leaders of Color

In 2010, WESTAF established its Emerging Leaders of Color Professional Development Program, which promotes multicultural leadership in the arts by:

  • Building a cohort of cultural leaders of color in the western United States who are committed to the advancement of the arts.
  • Engaging diverse emerging leaders in coursework and activities designed to strengthen competencies and prepare participants for leadership positions in the field.
  • Providing opportunities for promising arts professionals to establish networks that support their careers and the cultural interests of the communities they represent and serve.
  • Deepening participants’ understanding of the arts in the United States and how public support sustains the vibrancy of the sector.

Learn more about the Emerging Leaders of Color program by clicking here.