California Arts Council

State of California

Craig Watson Appointed to WESTAF Board
Fills term vacated by Alaska Arts Council Executive Director


Published: 02-16-2012

The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) has appointed California Arts Council Director Craig Watson to its board, which includes five state arts agency executive directors who are elected to the board by their peers. Watson will complete a partial term vacated by former Alaska Arts Council Director Charlotte Fox. His term concludes in October 2012. 

BACKGROUND:
The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is a regional nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts.  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 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.




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