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ROTARY MEETING: Cathy Traver, Executive Director of Aiken Performing Arts
January 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Aiken Performing Arts Group (APAG) is a presenting organization that seeks out the finest nationally and internationally recognized performing artists and brings their shows to Aiken. The underlying philosophy is simple: by expanding the cultural options available to local citizens, APAG is contributing to the overall quality of life of the entire community and surrounding area.
The organization is very aware that in these challenging economic times the opportunity to go to a first class show or concert is very often a much needed respite from the cares of the day.
Beginning with APAG’s founding in 2005, the review and selection of performances was in the capable hands of Thomas C. Hofstetter, APAG President, and several members of the Executive Committee. With Mr. Hofstetter’s retirement in 2013, this responsibility fell to Ms. Jody Duggan. Volunteers from the Executive Committee attend several Performing Arts Exhibitions each year to preview shows and meet personally with the artists. These experiences are invaluable in selecting the most appropriate shows to present in Aiken.
Each year APAG surveys its audience and uses the audience responses as an important tool in shaping APAG’s presentation schedule. To a large extent, APAG’s show selection is based on what the Aiken audience tells us they want to see and experience in future theater seasons.
The performances held in the URS Center for the Performing Arts have provided citizens with the wonderful experience of affordable, professional, live entertainment on their doorstep and the community has responded by demanding a second night of performances. Most of the performers play to sold-out houses. APAG is thrilled by the enthusiastic response that the shows have received from the Aiken community.
APAG’s community involvement has certainly enhanced the quality of life for Aiken County residents and students, as well as many living outside Aiken County.