Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paul Tyler, grants director, ArtsKC-Regional Arts Council, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

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Name: Paul Tyler

Occupation: Grants director, ArtsKC-Regional Arts Council 

Hometown: Barstow, California, by birth; Richmond, Virginia, by length of residence. But now Kansas City definitely feels like home!

Current neighborhood: Hyde Park

What I do (in 140 characters): Help artists and arts organizations in the KC metro region thrive and flourish by providing financial support, info, guidance and coaching.

What's your addiction? The arts, all genres and disciplines - they've always been the foundation of my personal and professional life, and I can't imagine existing without them.

What's your game? A regular neighborhood low-stakes poker game with good friends, just for the fun of it and bragging rights (OK, and a little pocket change, too, when you win).

What's your drink? For years it was microbrewed pale ales, but lately it's been bourbon and ginger - when crafted with Dark Horse Distillery bourbon, Vernor's Ginger Ale and a dash of Angostura bitters, it's heaven in a glass.

Where's dinner? Mostly at home, but when we go out, someplace in the Crossroads Arts District, like the Jacobson or Anton's Tap Room ... or Teocali on Hospital Hill for casual dining on a weekend night.

What's on your KC postcard? The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art by night, with the Bloch Building all aglow.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ..." They realized they could be both a first-rate arts town and a first-rate sports town. It's not a question of one or the other.

"Kansas City screwed up when ..." They let the border war on economic development and job poaching escalate so much - everybody loses in the long run.

"Kansas City needs ..." To be less bashful and humble about what a great city this already is and what a bright future it has.

"In five years, I'll be ..." Ready to slow way down! I hope I can ease into retirement gracefully, not go kicking and screaming.

"I always laugh at ..." Myself, unless I'm having a really bad day ... then I sulk, which is no fun for me or anybody around me.

"I've been known to binge-watch ... " The first few seasons of **Breaking Bad, since we were late adopters, until we caught up to season three.

"I can't stop listening to ..." Tom Waits. He's been a constant source of joy in my music collection since the late '70s.

"I just read ..." The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, a deliciously dark Western fable with a dry and grotesque sense of humor.

The best advice I ever got: "If you can be happy doing anything other than the arts as a career, then you should, because a life in the arts is just so damn hard" - from a professional stage manager I worked with when I was 22.

Worst advice: The same ... because obviously it didn't work for me!

My sidekick: My wife, Laura, a Hallmark senior designer, and our two black Lab-mix rescue dogs, Halo and Blitzen

My dating triumph/tragedy: 23 years of marriage with a talented and creative woman who still manages to tolerate my various idiosyncrasies.

My brush with fame: I was honored to be a Downtown Council Urban Hero a few years ago. I'm afraid that's about it. I prefer to work behind the scenes. Maybe that's the old stagehand in me.

My 140-character soapbox: Buy art locally, give to your favorite art groups and then toss a few bucks to the ArtsKC Fund, so that the overall arts scene will thrive.

What was the last thing you had to apologize for? The disorganized state of my desks, both at home and work. They're a disgrace.

Who's sorry now? Me ... my work spaces are still a mess.

My recent triumph: Celebrated my 12th anniversary of working at ArtsKC, which is five years longer than I'd ever worked at one place before. 

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