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Webb Center named
"Best of the West"
The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg was named best "Arts, Entertainment & Sports Venue" in Western Maricopa County at Westmarc's 12th annual "Best of the West Awards" dinner held recently at the Glendale Civic Center and attended by 650 people.

Westmarc is a consortium of West Valley civic and business organizations that recognize outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle and economic development of Western Maricopa County – that portion of the Metro area west of Interstate 17.

The Webb Center received recognition for its full body of work – presenting culturally diverse events including concerts, dance programs and plays. In addition to attracting nationally known artists, the Center sponsors arts education and artist-in-residency programs, plus school and community presentations.

Since December of 2000, the intimate 600 seat, state of the art theatre located in Wickenburg has been home to quality performances that strive to be both culturally and ethnically diverse. The 2004-2005 Season will see western performances from Cowboy Poet Baxter Black; the musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"; a Family Fun Series, comedy from Capitol Steps, as well as music and drama.

The Webb Center attracts areas residents, as well as patrons from around the Valley, who not only come to enjoy the performing arts, but who also visit West Valley restaurants, stores and hotels.

Realizing the importance of keeping the arts accessible to as many people as possible, the Webb Center works with sponsors to keep ticket prices affordable. Sponsors are also involved with the Arts in Education Series, presented by the Center free of charge to children attending classes in the Wickenburg Unified School District, as well as schools in the surrounding rural areas.

The Webb Center's Artist-in-Residency Program has been designed to compliment and enhance the arts curriculum already in place at these schools. The 2004-2005 Season will see residency programs that include The Arizona Opera Company's "Opera Soup", "Dino Rock" which uses dinosaur puppets to teach kids about science, Tim Robbins' The Actor's Gang will work in the classroom with theatre students on character development and The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will conduct workshops on dance.

"The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts is valued by the community at large and by the more than 100 volunteers who generously give their time to support the Center's programs," stated a spokesperson at Westmarc. "The Webb Center continues to educate and enhance the West Valley by presenting the beauty, energy and diversity of the arts."

"We are grateful once again to Westmarc for their acknowledgement of our work," stated Cathy Weiss, Director of the Webb Center. In 2001 the Center received Westmarc's "Best of the West Award" for the "Celebrating Cultural Awareness" category.

Related Link: What's on at the Webb Center