Prescott Center for the Arts, Prescott AZ

Message from the Executive Director

To our valued Patrons, Volunteers and Visitors,

It’s amazing how quickly my first five years have gone by here at PCA! As I have reported in several of the past annual statements I’ve written, PCA has undergone considerable and remarkable growth both internally and externally. The largest areas of growth have been in programming and the addition of Stage Too. There were many successes to celebrate in the 2013 – 2014 Season: spectacular productions, eye-popping exhibits; greater than expected patronage at Stage Too, hiring a formidable Technical Director who fits PCA’s needs, exciting and enjoyable presentations, (the tribute to John Denver, The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron, Teddy Roosevelt, Silver Screen Cowboy Project, Arizona Opera and I Sing Walt Whitman); much needed repairs and additions to the facilities, and adding a long overdue Hearing Assist System.

For the first time in memory, our Production and Visual Arts Committees combined forces to present Weekend of the Dead with such excellent results we’ve expanded the event to Week of the Dead in 14 – 15; growing attendance for Readers Theatre; a robust and successful summer program for youth, and perhaps our most rewarding effort, matching the donation challenge from Judith Hardes! (Thank you Judith!) and list goes on.

However, this past Season also marked some setbacks, which we’ve been addressing. Most notably, three of our mainstage productions under-performed expected attendance. They were all very well done productions, so we are a bit confused by the lackluster attendance and still reeling from the financial impact. One step we’ve taken, as you know, was to conduct a survey for the Mainstage and Stage Too productions to ascertain what shows you, our patrons, would most enjoy seeing. We appreciate you taking the time to fill out the surveys and hope we have scheduled shows you want to see. As Stephen Sondheim wrote in Sunday in the Park With George, “Art isn’t easy!” but it is collaborative, and we do collaborate quite well and have done so to the overall benefit of the organization to allow us to maintain the ability of “Putting it together,” again, a phrase courtesy of the brilliant Mr. Sondheim.  So, we, the PCA family, look forward to moving forward and having the opportunity of “Putting it together” for everyone’s enjoyment in the 2014 – 2015 Season.

And oh yes, the 2014 – 2015 Season marks PCA’s 45th ANNIVERSARY of being Prescott’s “Home for the Arts!” My hat is off to all of the volunteers in the past 45 years who have built this remarkable institution and have kept it going for all of these years. PCA is built on the shoulders of our volunteers, on and off the stage and in the gallery. They are the ones who deserve your biggest round of applause and deepest appreciation. They certainly have it from the PCA staff and Board of Directors!

Here’s is to another season of Amazing Arts and to another wonderful 45 years!

Jon Meyer





Executive Director, Jon Meyer