He's one of those fun people who's pretty visible with nearly all the arts endeavors in Evergreen. At least he's very up on what's happening with the arts, not only here but throughout Jefferson County.
As a member of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities Council in Jefferson County for the past six years, PK has been evaluating the 90 or so groups that apply to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District for funding each year. For a 3-month period he and 6 others on the Council will read through the 18-page applications and then conduct 15-minute interviews to clarify points in the applications before declaring which of the organizations will be funded with the $1 million in SCFD tax dollars designated for our county. The rest of the year, he's known to informally counsel the groups on how to structure their programs and put forth the best applications to earn approval. Awards are made in October. For the second year, PK is chairing the Council.
He's been involved with the Evergreen Players for the past 25 years and has served as musical director for the Evergreen Chorale on a couple of shows. But one thing he looks forward to is chairing an outreach group this spring for the Players -- a reenactment of old-time radio shows such as Fibber McGee & Molly and the Great Gildersleeve, complete with reproducing the sound effects that made audio entertainment so captivating. The show will be presented at senior communities where residents will identify with the shows from their younger days.
PK hails from Kansas, although he and his wife, Donna, have been here in Evergreen for 33 years. In Topeka, PK was instrumental in putting together the Topeka Civic Theatre in 1961, an operation that's still going strong with a $2 million budget and a staff of 13.
Wherever he goes, he makes a lasting impact; and it's obvious that our area is benefitting from his expertise and love for the arts.