WESTAF is engaged in several projects designed to increase the region’s capacity for advocacy aimed at advancing public support for the arts in the West. WESTAF regularly convenes experts and leaders from fields both inside and outside the arts to address critical issues affecting arts and culture.
WESTAF is an experienced research organization that regularly initiates research projects to benefit the state arts agencies of the West and the broader arts community. WESTAF is also an experienced developer of technology systems that benefit the arts and creative industries, having developed its first online system in 1998.
The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is a regional nonprofit arts service organization whose mission is to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts in the West. This is accomplished by assisting state arts agencies, arts organizations, and artists in their quest to serve diverse audiences, enrich the lives of local communities, and provide access to the arts and arts education for all citizens.