From the TPAC Manager Cathryn Kingsbury
First of all, we miss you at the TPAC, and hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented and challenging time. We are anxious to welcome you back to performances at the TPAC, once it is safe to do so, but we anticipate that to be several months away.
Our organizations and venues were among the first to close when the pandemic was declared in March, and we will be among the last businesses to re-open as the pandemic fades and it is safe to gather for live events again. Like the TPAC, all these organizations rely on event-related earned income for the majority of their budget, income which has been non-existent since March, and will be for the foreseeable future. This situation has caused extreme hardship for many performance venues and arts organizations throughout the country.
The loss of these organizations and venues would be devastating for their communities, most importantly in terms of quality of life, but economically as well. Nationally, the arts and live entertainment industry employs over 12 million people and contributes over $1 trillion annually to the U.S. economy.
Thanks to strong rental activity in recent years, we're confident the TPAC will survive this situation. In fact, we're initiating several projects during this quiet time in the theatre: we're working on a major upgrade of the lighting system, new carpet has been installed in the lobby, and walls were repaired and repainted. We're looking forward to welcoming you back with a revitalized facility!
In the meantime. we hope you continue to support the individual artists who usually perform at the TPAC, on whatever platform or in whatever capacity they are finding to continue offering the community the joy of live performance.
Once the TPAC is able to open for limited performance events (without an audience), we'd love to have a conversation with groups about videotaping or live-streaming your performance from the TPAC stage. We don't currently have this equipment to offer, but until we do, we can direct you to local companies who have the equipment and experience.
The Templeton PAC Foundation also has a number of important projects planned for the facility and could use your support for continued maintenance and improvements in the TPAC. Please visit their website at www.TempletonPACFoundation.org.
Thank you for your support of the Templeton Performing Arts Center and our local arts community. We will see you back at the TPAC as soon as possible! Please stay safe and healthy.