Throughout its history, WESTAF has adapted and transformed its programs and initiatives
to reflect the current needs of the arts community and to respond to major structural
changes in the field.
WESTAF remains committed to programmatic work in the areas of multicultural arts,
literature, folk arts, visual arts, and performing-arts presenting. Programs in
these areas include convening arts leaders; the development of model programs;
and the sponsorship of long-term, region-wide programs that fill a gap in the
arts infrastructure of the West. WESTAF also has launched an ambitious program
in the area of technology and the arts. The presence of the Internet has provided
WESTAF with a much-sought-after means of serving artists and arts organizations
across the vast reaches of the West. In addition, WESTAF remains committed to
increasing the impact and effectiveness of the state arts agencies in the region.
The maintenance of these agencies as a progressive force that benefits the arts
interests of the public is WESTAF's preeminent goal.