Westonka Friends of the Arts
On May 10, 2016, Westonka School District voters approved $22.95 million in bond funding, payable over 15 years, for the purposes of building a 600-seat performing arts center and a community athletics and recreation center at Mound Westonka High School. Anticipating this top notch facility for the performing arts, leaders in education, business, and government are supporting the creation of a Westonka Friends of the Arts organization.
Westonka Friends of the Arts will foster creativity, celebrate diverse cultures, and promote community involvement. The performing arts center will not only offer students and teachers an amazing new space to stretch their imagination and invention, but will provide community members of all ages a place to participate in theatre, music, dance, and view the visual arts.
Those of us who live here know the quality of education, the joys of the lakes, neighborhoods, and many events. The new performing arts center should become a new point of pride and we hope to launch it with widespread support.
A steering committee has been created and some of its goals will include:
- Develop and create a structure for the Westonka Friends of the Arts
- Reach out to local residents for a potential Advisory Board
- Design a framework for financial support
- Promote events such as the grand opening of the Performing Arts Center
Insights from Community Member - Deborah Jindra
My husband and I moved to Westonka five years ago from the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis. There, we were walking distance to the Walker Art Center and very close to the Guthrie, Orchestra Hall, and numerous arts organizations. I served on the Minneapolis Arts Commission and know how important investment in the creative life of a city can be.
When I first became aware of the Westonka referendum to support a community performing arts center, I was thrilled to hear that we may not always have to return to the city to get our “art fix.” Seeing the outpouring of enthusiasm for this project brought me closer to our new home and I look forward to the results of visionary voters. I imagine this new center will be a catalyst for economic development, community expression, and personal discovery. I hope the newly formed Westonka Friends of the Arts will work hand in hand with the public schools team to ensure the performing arts center is a vibrant addition to this area, serving all ages and diverse tastes in programming.