‘The arts lift spirits’

PACE Center prepares to begin indoor, in-person events again

Elliott Wenzler
ewenzler@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/16/21

The Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center is gearing up to again bring patrons inside for entertainment. As the state and county’s COVID-19 data has continued to improve and vaccines are being …

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‘The arts lift spirits’

PACE Center prepares to begin indoor, in-person events again

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The Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center is gearing up to again bring patrons inside for entertainment.

As the state and county’s COVID-19 data has continued to improve and vaccines are being distributed, the county has been moved to level yellow, allowing up to 100 people in certain event spaces.

Since first closing its doors almost a year ago, the center has continued to hold a variety of events whenever able, including outdoor classes, live-streamed shows, drive-in concerts and socially distanced in-person shows.

“We just immediately transitioned to other types of programming,” said Carrie Glassburn, acting cultural director for Parker Arts. “We wanted to make sure we were still there to provide entertainment and allow the community to engage safely.”

The last time the PACE Center was able to do in-person, indoor events was in October, before the spike in cases over the holidays.

They will be able to have 100 people in their theater beginning March 5, with the first event being “The Long Run,” an Eagles tribute. The show is sold out but tickets for other upcoming shows are also on sale, including jazz and comedy performances. Another round of tickets will be on sale beginning in March. Show details and tickets are available at ParkerArts.org.

As a 5-star certified business, the center has been designated by the county as a business following extra COVID-19 precautions laid out by the state.

Shows this spring will include a kids show with live pigs, a lecture about a famous Colorado cannibal and stand-up comedy. Many of these also have streaming options for those who can’t or don’t wish to attend in person.

Parker Arts hopes that by summer, they will be able to accommodate even more patrons, Glassburn said.

“People have been cooped up,” Glassburn said. “They miss live music, they miss going to comedy clubs, (and) outdoor concerts.”

Patrons aren’t the only ones excited for the center’s events to start back up, the staff is also looking forward to getting back to their trade.

“Our sound tech and lighting designers and stage managers, all of them, this is what they do,” Glassburn said.

Many staff members transitioned their duties over the past year, taking on tasks outside of their normal job.

“They’re really excited to get back to what it is they actually are trained to do,” Glassburn said.

During the pandemic, Parker Arts’ members have remained with the organization, supporting them even when events had to drastically change course, she said.

“People know that the arts lift spirits,” Glassburn said.

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