I joined the board of the Fine Arts Foundation of the Westby Area (FAFWA) in December of 2015. Our goal for many years has been to raise funds to build a Community Performing Arts Center (CPAC)for the Westby Area. At the beginning of the year 2016 we approached the school board with our vision and goal. The Westby School Board challenged our group to raise at least $750,000 before they would consider placing the rest of the funds needed to a referendum vote. Projected cost for the building at the time were estimated to be $3,000,000. FAFWA raised $800,000 in less then a years time and the school board agreed to place a referendum on the April 2016 ballot. We worked very hard at not only raising the funds needed but also on educating the public on the need and benefits for the Community Performing Arts Center. The referendum was successful and we are in the process of finalizing the building plans now. The estimated start of construction will be spring of 2017 with completion sometime in the fall of 2017. We are still in the process of raising funds to put towards the costs of the center and we are also raising funds to put towards an endowment fund that will help sustain and care for the facility in the future. Our goal is to bring in entertainment and the arts to help build revenue for the center. I am very proud of all the hard work the Fine Arts Foundation of the Westby Area has done and will continue to do for years to come.