History

The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art 600 seat theatre dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational richness of Wickenburg and our surrounding communities.

Through a joint effort between the Wickenburg Foundation for the Performing Arts (WFPA), a group of local arts supporters, and the Wickenburg Unified School District a professional theatre was constructed in 2000 as an integral part of the Wickenburg High School campus.  In recognition of a generous contribution made by the Del E. Webb Foundation, the theatre was honored to assume the name, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts.  The WFPA continues to raise funds through grants and donations enabling the Webb Center to remain on the cutting edge of sound and lighting technology and to expand its performance capabilities.

The Webb Center opened for its inaugural season in the fall of 2001 and has successfully developed a body of work that includes public performances, educational outreach opportunities, after school classes, a summer arts camp and an extensive artist-in-residency program.

Backdropped by the shell of the facility on the new Wickenburg High School campus, Kevin Cloe,
center right, President of the Wickenburg Foundation for the Performing Arts Board of Directors,
thanks R.H. Johnson, President of the Del E. Webb Foundation, for its recent pledge of $1.1 million to help complete the center.  Pictured from left are, Cathy Weiss, Vice President of the WFPA board; Marjorie Klinefelter, Secretary/Director of the Del E. Webb Foundation; Johnson; Cloe; Wickenburg School District Board of Education President Hank Nelson and Superintendent Doug Price.

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