With the help of the WPS Marching Band and with his family on hand to help with the presentation, Board of Education member Joe Davidek received the first-ever Lifetime Legacy Award for his support of the arts in the school district.
“Thanks to everyone. It’s a great honor and very humbling,” he said after receiving the award. “I hope to see the pipeline expand even further in the future.”
The Creative Arts Pipeline was created in 2016 in large part because of Davidek’s leadership. A musician himself, he insisted that the arts receive the attention and funding that it needed to meet the needs of all students. An outgrowth of the pipeline was the creation of the Metropolitan Arts Academy at what used to be Metz Elementary.
Creative Arts Pipeline Director, Justin Davis presented the award to Davidek citing his passion for the arts. Davis also read remarks from several people involved in the arts. "Joe has really shown up for all of the arts in WPS over the years,” said Westminster High School arts teacher, Laura Seward. “It has been such a joy to have your support in the community,” said Michael Linert, Director of Orchestras, Mariachi, and Guitar at Westminster High School.
The Creative Arts Pipeline is also teaming up with the Westminster Public Schools Foundation to fund a scholarship for students interested in pursuing careers in the arts after high school graduation.