The Barrick Museum of Art Receives the WESTAF Regional Arts Resilience Fund

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Receives the WESTAF Regional Arts Resilience Fund
Nov. 23, 2020


The $30,000 grant helps us serve our diverse audiences, enrich the lives of our local communities, and provide access to the arts for all.

In June 2020, WESTAF announced its partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on a new relief grant to support arts organizations in the 13-state western region. The $10 million Regional Arts Resilience Fund is a first-of-its-kind relief and recovery grant that was awarded to each of the six U.S. Regional Arts Organizations.

The fund was designed to help mitigate the financial threat to the sector caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting small- and mid-sized arts organizations of all artistic disciplines in rural and urban areas that are regarded by their peers as having statewide, regional, or national impact. 

With the help of 20 arts and culture leaders from across the 13-state region who served as advisors/panelists, WESTAF adjudicated the 81 applications from organizations that were invited to apply between August 19 and September 8, 2020.

From the 464 initial nominations received in August, WESTAF funded the following 39 organizations with grants in the range of $30,000 to $74,000. Applications were assessed on the commitment to equity; exceptional artistic impact; visionary leadership; and engagement and impact locally, regionally, and nationally.

Eligible organizations included 501(c)(3) nonprofits, units of state or local government, nonprofit institutions of higher education, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Awards are being made to organizations across the West, with a minimum of one grant awarded to each state in the region, which includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to strengthening the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts in the West. WESTAF assists 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. Through innovative programming, advocacy, research, technology, and grantmaking, WESTAF encourages the creative advancement and preservation of the arts regionally and through a national network of customers and alliances.

About The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Founded in 1969, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest national supporter of the arts and humanities, endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies by supporting exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.

For more information visit WESTAF's announcement here.