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Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Arts Education Students on Stage

Nancy & Frederick DeMatteis

ArtsAcademy

WHBPAC began offering youth-centered performances when it first opened its doors, and the continued growth of this program has transformed WHBPAC into one of the premier performing arts education providers in the region. Today, in addition to thriving School Day Bus-in performances, the WHBPAC provides a wide variety of year-round performing arts opportunities. In one year, over 600 students will participate in after school classes, summer campsóor both! We are a thriving year round academy for the arts, producing our own full-length productions for all ages!

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Ways to Support

Despite an aggressive and successful fund-raising campaign, the board was still forced to borrow nearly $1.6 million from North Fork Bank when the theater reopened in 1998, raising the total amount of the two loans to about $1.8 million. The board started paying down the interest and principal after reopening in July 1997, and made its last payment in June 2005. But in order to stay in business, the Center must raise more than half its budget each year since ticket sales only cover half of the costs of running the theater.

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WHBPAC staff and patrons celebrating cultural diversity.

Commitment toCultural Equity

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is committed to ensuring the presentation of diverse, affordable, and socially conscious and socially responsible programming to the full expanse of our local and distant audiences, including but not limited to: all genders, races, sexualities, abilities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. With the creation of our Cultural Equity Council, the Council will strive to achieve this through:

  • Outreach – Communal feedback and impact, in particular from marginalized peoples and communities
  • Scholarship – Effective presentation of availability
  • Partnership – Intentional programming for communities and identities
  • Education – Proactive inclusivity learning and training for teaching artists, students, and audiences