Arts Northwest would like to acknowledge our partner organizations and the support they provide.




Washington State Arts Commission

Established in 1961, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) collaborates with artists and arts organizations to conserve and develop critical artistic resources statewide. ArtsWA strives to further policies that promote arts awareness, develop sustainable arts resources for future generations, and deepen investments in Washington's dynamic cultural legacy. ArtsWA is led by Executive Director Karen Hanan, run by 12 staff members, and governed by four legislators and 19 governor-appointed citizen commissioners.

Idaho Commission on the Arts

The Idaho Commission on the Arts is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Idaho. The Commission promotes artistic excellence, education in the arts, access to the arts for all and community investment in the arts. Its professional staff administers and develops the programs and services of the agency, assists grant applicants, and provides technical assistance.

Oregon Arts Commission

 The Oregon Arts Commission was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Nine commissioners, appointed by the governor, determine policies, establish Long-Range Plans, and review applications to grants programs to determine funding levels. In 1993, the Oregon Arts Commission became a division of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. All Commission business meetings are open to the public.

Americans for the Arts

Arts Northwest and Americans for the Arts want to encourage arts leaders across the country to get involved with the Arts Action Fund. That's why the primary contact with an Arts Northwest membership organization, is automatically an Arts Action Fund member at no additional cost. As an Arts Northwest professional member, we want you to be a part of this growing movement. In addition to your Arts Northwest membership benefits, you will receive Arts Action Fund benefits including:   
ARTS ACTION NEWS: The printed/ electronic newsletter of  the Arts Action Fund.   
MEMBERS-ONLY PAC—As an Arts NW member and hence an Americans for the Arts Action Fund member, you are eligible to be a part of the nation's only political action committee (PAC) dedicated to identifying and financially supporting those political candidates who demonstrate clear public support for advancing the arts and arts education in Americans' lives, schools, and communities.
SPECIAL ELECTION REPORTS—Americans for the Arts Action Fund publishes a variety of resource guides to help keep you informed about political activity and candidates who are impacting the arts in your community. These include the very popular Congressional Arts Report Card: Your Guide to Voting for the Arts, Post-Election Impact Report on the Arts, and our biennial Candidate Arts Survey.

Western State Arts Federation

WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts. Based in Denver, Colorado, WESTAF fulfills its mission to strengthen the financial, organizational and policy infrastructure of the arts by providing innovative programs and services to artists and arts organizations in the West and nationwide.

WESTAF is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; the state arts agencies of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; private and corporate foundations; and individuals.
Arts Northwest Presenter Members. WESTAF’s Tour West grant application is now up on their site at Culture Grants Online™ at    

Please note: Applicants need to create only one profile in WESTAF’s system, as opposed to needing a separate username and password for each year's application. In order to maintain all of your grant applications in one place, please use the same login information for each TourWest grant round. Your profile will provide you with access to all of the TourWest grant applications, for this year, previous years and in the future. After you have logged in, you can access the applications by clicking on the "Current Programs and Applications" button.

TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists.

All TourWest grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis in cash by the presenting organization. Funds are available to organizations that sponsor performances or literary events within the 13-state WESTAF region. In order to receive funding from this program, applicants should demonstrate their commitment to several key elements: a) high artistic quality; b) collaboration and block booking; c) the presentation of diverse art forms; and d) audience development. 

TourWest is a program of WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation) and is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Washington State Arts Alliance and Foundation

Washington State Arts Alliance and Foundation
The arts create positive ripple effects throughout our communities. Our job is to help celebrate the intrinsic value of the arts and illuminate its instrumental effects on engagement, education, and the economy.

  • The arts strengthen our communities and increase individual, civic, and social engagement.
  • Arts education helps students develop essential 21st century skills necessary to be innovators, problem-solvers, creative thinkers, and collaborators.
  • The arts are a cornerstone of a healthy economy, and key to tourism and economic development.

The Washington State Arts Alliance provides the tools, knowledge, and resources necessary to assist everyone in effectively advocating for the arts. To find out how you can be involved, understand your role, learn about the latest arts issues and action alerts, attend Arts & Heritage Day and the Cultural Congress and join us.

Participation by individual and organizational members makes it possible for the Arts Alliance to continue direct arts advocacy efforts; distribute action alerts and timely information; offer advocacy training; conduct candidate surveys; provide professional development opportunities; host regional and statewide convenings, and more.

Washington State Arts Alliance
1204 Minor Avenue - Seattle, Washington 98101

phone 206.448.1909          

Mark Gerth, Executive Director

Kim Thomas, Program Director

For general information,