The building of a Community Performing Arts Center (CPAC) in Westby is becoming a reality! While many individuals throughout Westby and the surrounding area have been a part of the dream becoming a reality, the Fine Arts Foundation of the Westby Area (FAFWA) recognizes that the support of the Board of Education and administration has been critical.

Chuck Norton, superintendent of the Westby Area District for the past seven years, was encouraging and supportive when approached by FAFWA representatives in 2015 to begin the initial process of raising the necessary funds for the construction of a CPAC. Norton was a liaison between the board of education and the FAFWA board as they formulated a plan/process for construction of a CPAC in Westby. He attended many FAFWA meetings, answering questions, making suggestions, working with the architect and sharing information. When the Board of Education approved the construction of a CPAC referendum question in the April, 2016 election, he became an active participant in public education of the project. He, the FAFWA board and other volunteers attended multiple community groups and meetings to present information and answer questions about the referendum. Working with Jennifer Buros, Norton adjusted the final cost projections and the tax impact.

FAFWA is very appreciative of Norton’s’ unflagging support and efforts to see the dream become a reality. As he stated many times, the CPAC will benefit not only the school, but also the entire Westby and surrounding communities. FAFWA sincerely appreciated Norton’s time and efforts throughout the process that has led to the construction of a CPAC in Westby.

FAFWA Board of Directors

Linda Dowling, president