Maintaining a sense of creativity in Colorado Springs is an important part of keeping the arts alive, says Kate Perdoni.
As a musician and as a producer at Rocky Mountain PBS, Perdoni is doing her part to create a robust arts community, said Abigail Kreuser, owner of Kreuser Gallery Inc.
“She’s a creative; she’s a musician,” she said. “Anybody who’s a creative in the community makes it vibrant.”
Perdoni moved to Colorado Springs three years ago, but the traveling musician’s roots are in North Carolina. Perdoni wanted a place where her young son could grow up, and the Springs had the right kind of family-friendly atmosphere.
“I traveled to Colorado Springs over the last 10 years to play shows, and I decided to make it my permanent home,” she said. “I’ve been a musician for over half my life; I’ve been able to see different models for how artists live. This city fit what I wanted for my son.”
Her touring days aren’t over, she still plays with local rock band Eros and the Eschaton. The band has won multiple awards for their work, including Best Pop Band from Denver’s Westword in 2015 and Best Album Release from the Colorado Springs Independent in 2016.
“Music is important for the band because we shine a spotlight on Colorado Springs,” she said.
In Perdoni’s day job as a television producer for Rocky Mountain PBS, she is works with a weekly program called “Arts District.” She also teaches citizen journalism classes where she encourages people from all walks of life to get involved with the media.
“I wanted to empower people to tell their own story,” she said.
Perdoni, who worked as a freelance journalist for 15 years, developed the program’s curriculum. She teaches how to write news articles, gives classes about the history of television, provides lessons on audio engineering and teaches the basics of public relations. There is no cost for the class.
Arts advocacy continues outside her work as a producer and musician. She took over as vice president of the Pikes Peak Arts Council in 2015, where she’s worked to heighten awareness of the arts.
“She’s making [the Pikes Peak Arts Council] vibrant,” said Kreuser. “There are go-getters, and they’re in your face, but Kate is humble.”
Perdoni has been the executive director of the council since November 2016. Since she became the head of the organization, the council has grown to 450 members, which include dancers, musicians and visual artists.
She is also involved in community outreach to advance the arts. She meets with people one-on-one and inspires people in those sessions, according to Kreuser.
Perdoni’s commitment to bettering the community is an important part of everything she does.
“I have a lot of ideas; we have a super-vibrant arts committee,” she said.