20/20 Vision:  Looking to the Past to Better Focus on the Future

It’s time to check our vision. No, I don’t mean we need to see an ophthalmologist; I mean it’s time to reconsider the goals we’ve set for the PAC.

Back when the PAC opened in December of 2001 with The Nutcracker, we set some lofty goals:

  • The PAC will present unique cultural/ethnic events.
  • The PAC will cultivate creative thought and problem-solving.
  • The PAC will foster responsibility, sociability, and confidence.
  • The PAC will promote local artists and artist groups.
  • The PAC will enhance the local economy.

Hindsight being 20/20, I think we can take a great deal of pride in what we’ve achieved.  That being said, there is much left to accomplish and new goals to be set… with YOU!

  • Go to and “Share Your PAC Stories” of the last 20 years with us; and
  • Let us know what you’d like the PAC to pursue in the coming years through, and
  • Donate $20 – A dollar in honor of our last 20 years and for us to build upon for the next 20.

So, over the next year, celebrate the accomplishments of the past with us, and help us focus on an even brighter future.


Congratulations to ASHLEY HAWKINS, SAMANTHA STITH, ROBIN MEYER, TINA DESJOURDY-DRAKE, PATRISHA KIRCHNER, CINDY HARTLEY – each a lucky winner of a $20 PAC gift certificate for completing a November Audience Survey.


This month The PAC Spotlight shines on  Gracie Skaggs and her dad, Mike.  Gracie attends Central Hardin High School and wants to be either a physical or massage therapist. Her dad, Mike, is in Community & Economic Development, and they are performing together in The Nutcracker this year as they and the rest of the family have done for many years.

What have been your most rewarding PAC experiences?

  • GRACIE: My most rewarding experiences at the PAC have been being able to work with professionals and sharing my passion for dance with others on stage and in the audience.
  • MIKE: It has been very rewarding to be a small part of The Nutcracker and share the stage with my daughters and many other very talented youth and adults.

What did you learn from your PAC experiences?

  • GRACIE: From my experiences at the PAC, I have learned a lot about being a performer, and crowds don’t make me near as nervous anymore. I actually get really excited to know that there’s a full house!
  • MIKE: I never thought I would ever be on stage for anything. I learned that I was capable of performing even though I really don’t have the talent for acting.

How have you benefited from the PAC?

  • GRACIE: I have benefited from the PAC because I have been provided with a place to perform what I am very passionate about. I have also gained many friendships that will last a lifetime.
  • MIKE: I have watched both of my daughters grow up performing on the PAC stage in both The Nutcracker and the annual The Dance Centre Recital. That has been very rewarding! My family has also benefited from seeing many entertaining shows at the PAC together.

Why is the PAC important?

  • GRACIE: The PAC is important to me because it is like another home, especially during the Christmas season. I have so many memories at the PAC, so it will always be a place that I hold close to my heart. The PAC should be important to others because there are so many opportunities to get involved, whether behind the scenes, on stage, or in the audience. It is somewhere that provides entertainment for the community while also giving the opportunity to be on stage doing what you love.
  • MIKE: The PAC provides many great entertainment opportunities for patrons and many great growth opportunities for students and adults alike who perform on stage.

Learn more about them both and all the other PAC Spotlight Ambassadors we’ve recognized over the years.