The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts.
WESTAF encourages the creative development and preservation of the arts regionally and through a national network of clients and alliances. WESTAF fulfills its mission to strengthen the financial, organizational, and cultural policy infrastructure of the arts in the West by developing and providing innovative programs and services, technology solutions, funding opportunities, advocacy and cultural policy work, and other services. Founded in 1974, WESTAF is located in Denver and is governed by a 22-member board of trustees that comprises arts leaders in the West. WESTAF serves the largest constituent territory of the six U.S. regional arts organizations that includes the state arts agencies, artists, and arts organizations of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
WESTAF regularly convenes experts and leaders to address critical issues affecting arts and culture. WESTAF is also an experienced developer of technology systems that benefit the arts. These systems include:
CallforEntry.org™ (CaFE™), an online application and adjudication tool used to manage processes for artist registries, artists in residence, biennales, juried competitions and exhibitions, open studios, percent for art RFQ/RFP, public art selection calls for artists, student art scholarships, and more. CaFE™ allows agencies, galleries, universities, and organizations to easily and cost effectively manage artist applications and jury processes. Learn more at ArtJob.org. ArtistsRegister.com is an online gallery that allows visual artists to showcase their work and can connect artists with private collectors, gallery owners, interior designers, corporate art buyers, public art administrators, and general art enthusiasts. Learn more at ArtistsRegister.com ZAPPlication.org® is an online application and adjudication management system used by more than 400 art fairs, festivals, and shows nationwide. ZAPP® allows artists to upload digital images of their artwork, store their information in an online profile, and apply electronically to participating events. Learn more at ZAPPlication.org. The Public Art Archive™ is a sophisticated searchable online database of public art in the United States/ The Public Art Archive makes public art and its processes more accessible to the public, displaying images of each piece alongside an extensive description, including audio and video supplementary files when available. Locate public art pieces, create custom walking tours of public art in a city, and augment arts education initiatives. Learn more at PublicArtArchive.org. GO: GrantsOnline™ (GO™) is a powerful, highly configurable, affordable, and comprehensive online grants management system that meets the needs of any funder. GO™ conforms to grantmaker workflows, simplifies the grantmaking processes, allows quick and easy communication with applicants, and much more. Learn more at GOGrantsOnline.org. CreativeSpaceAgent™ is an online system that matches Denver artists, musicians, and other creative people seeking studio, rehearsal, or performance space with those offering spaces for lease or purchase. CreativeSpaceAgent™ includes functionality for linking creative people with other creative people for sharing space or other needs. Learn more at CreativeSpaceAgent.com. WESTAF is also the creator and purveyor of the Creative Vitality™ Index (CVI™), a research-based economic development tool that is also used for arts advocacy purposes. Using nearly 100 different national, vetted, third-party data streams, the CVI™ provides an accurate measure of the health of an area's non-profit and for-profit creative sectors. Learn more at CVI.WESTAF.org.
WESTAF is the largest of the six regional arts service organizations in the United States. As a progressive and evolving organization, WESTAF initiates new programs and projects regularly and is proud to have artists, musicians, technology experts, and experienced arts administrators on staff. WESTAF is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.