Westonka Friends of the Arts aims to bring arts culture to the area

Deborah Jindra voted in favor of the 2016 Westonka School District referendum. She said she was thrilled to see her new hometown supporting the idea of having an arts community. Now, she wants to help them act on that idea.

After a decisive 2-1 vote in favor of adding new recreation and performing arts centers, Jindra reached out to see how the school district planned to move forward with involving the community in the later of the two centers.

“I reached out to the Superintendent Kevin Borg and just asked how they planned to get the community involved,” she said. “At that point they were still figuring out construction and bonding so they hadn’t got that far. I just wanted to volunteer my time to help. I didn’t expect to run the whole thing.”

Before moving west five years ago, Jindra lived in Minneapolis and was chair of the Minneapolis Arts Commission. She’s well aware of her newness to the community and said she wants to take baby steps and get as many people involved as want to help.

“Well we learned from the referendum vote that people want to see this,” Jindra said. “We want as many people to be involved from the Westonka community as possible. The hard part is finding the worker bees who will go out and become boosters and do the work we need to do to get this group started.”

The Westonka Friends of the Arts is currently looking for applications for their steering committee, which they hope to have selected by August. Jindra said they plan to appoint eight members that will stay as committed organizers and visionaries in the organizations early years. They’ll be in charge of getting community support and helping to decide what kinds of acts or performances will be brought in.

“I know the school is hoping to have the performing arts center open in fall 2018, so we want to get our committee together by fall of this year to get a head start,” Jindra said.

She said she hopes to see plays, dance groups and musicians come perform at the new center as a way for the community to come together and get to know one another.

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