The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA) has become a key economic and cultural force in this small, rural mountain town of Westcliffe and surrounding areas. WCPA serves more than 10,000 patrons annually who attend the Center’s film and live theater performances. The Center is housed permanently in the historic Jones Theatre, Westcliffe, Colorado, which dates from the late eighteen hundreds. Another of the objectives of the Center is to assist in the preservation of the historic building, and to continue to use it for cultural and civic activities
The Mission of the organization is to enhance the quality of life for people in the contiguous rural towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, Custer County and of surrounding counties through regular cultural and artistic performances, and to provide activities for children, youth, and families. The goals are: To serve as a home for the performing arts where none existed before; to train, local young people and adults in acting, directing and production in music, dance and drama; and to develop a repertory company.
Studio 2 was built to enhance the Center’s capability to contribute to the community. It provides space for the youth and children’s theater and other community activities, as well as scene and costume shops, additional handicapped bathrooms, and housing for visiting theatrical personnel, who come during the summer to participate in our plays and Shakespeare Festival.