The past year was unlike anything we could have ever anticipated; and though it sometimes feels like we accomplished very little, I have to remind myself that with the help of additional HCS staff, the PAC team used our “down” time in 2020 to prepare for a brighter tomorrow by restoring and improving the facility in many ways:
- The stage floor was repaired and refinished;
- The proscenium arch around the stage got some cosmetic surgery;
- The backstage walls were painted black for the first time; and
- Thanks to a generous donation from Abound Credit Union, new video monitors (well, new to us anyway) were installed throughout the building.
The PAC staff also reviewed processes and procedures, and through numerous video conferences, prepared for the day when performers and audiences could once again share the facility.
With HCEC-TV’s substantial help, the PAC spent countless hours and resources improving our video capture capabilities and have begun offering Live Streaming and On-Demand viewing options for our patrons – particularly those who, due to pandemic restrictions, disability, or distance, would not otherwise be able to enjoy the PAC in-person. By the way, you can help us in this particular endeavor by financially supporting this initiative through GIVE270.org.
Also, in light of what I witnessed in 2020 through the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, the time has come, I think, to rethink our mission. The PAC needs to reflect better who we serve and expand our reach to a larger and more diverse audience through new technology, how we conduct business daily, and what we put on stage.
We look forward to seeing you back at the PAC as soon as safely possible and serving you with a renewed confidence and a fresh sense of purpose. Happy New Year!
PS – I almost forgot! It’s January, and at the PAC, that means Sherlock! Celebrate all things Sherlock by catching up now on our past Sherlock productions available On-Demand from ThePAC.net, and then join us for The Hound of the Baskervilles January 28-31.