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PACE and Google provide a digital format to the arts in Council Bluffs

The coronavirus pandemic is shifting the way we enjoy life's pleasures.
Posted at 6:03 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 19:29:27-05

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Ia. (KMTV) — Google and PACE are collaborating to bring more programming to arts aficionados. From cake-decorating classes to children's theater workshops, PACE offers a wide range of programming to the community thanks to a $25,000 grant from Google.

"This grant with Google has allowed us to purchase cameras, microphones, video conferencing systems as well as hire our local videographers to help us capture that content and get it out to people," PACE CEO Danna Kehm said.

Kehm anticipates the pandemic will change the way patrons consume art.

"There's going to be some expectation that digital will be a part of that, whether it's a class, whether it's a concert, whether it's a performance on stage," Kehm said.

Video producer Kent Hertz films the content for PACE. Shooting the arts for a digital format challenges him creatively.

"The way I shoot it is sitcom-style, multi-cam. I'll have different shots for different scenes and it's a little more engaging for the audience, you have multiple perspectives," Hertz said.

Creating online programming has enabled PACE to reach more than 31,000 people. Kehm believes these numbers reflect humanity's hunger for creativity.

"We're all connected. The arts will see us through these challenging times, on the other side of this, the arts will help us heal as well," Kehm said.

If you want to take a class or if you are interested in learning about the programming, visit the PACE website.

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