On February 1st, Frisco Association for the Arts was named 2018 Non-Profit of the Year by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce! It was a true honor to be finalists with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Scottish Rite, and American Legion. We appreciate the Frisco Chamber for recognizing the impact of Frisco Arts in our community. We share this award with ALL our members, supporters, volunteers, arts creatives, Ambassadors, and Board. YOU are the engine that helps us advance the arts through advocacy, outreach, and education, building a stronger community with the arts. Here’s to an exciting year of even greater arts impact in 2019!!
View more photos from the Frisco Number Ones Gala here.
We are excited to launch the new 2019 Muse Series, a VIP opportunity available to our Muse Level members and higher. Muse members are our individual and business patrons who make an annual contribution of at least $1000 to Frisco Arts to support the mission of advancing the arts through advocacy, outreach, and education. Your membership at the Muse level promotes the power of the arts in our city and gives like-minded arts champions the opportunity to develop relationships with each other in unique, sought-after settings.
Our first Muse event is in partnership with the Dallas Art Fair and at the private home of a local art collectors in Plano, and our next Muse event will be at the Cowboys Club for a VIP reception, sponsored by New York Life. More information will be sent to our Muse members this week for these and other Muse events coming later this year.
We hope you’ll consider becoming a Frisco Arts Muse member and joining us for the Muse Series of events!
View our member advocate levels and donate securely online at here. Please note: you can make a $1000 one-time gift or $100/month donation to move to the Muse level. Thank you in advance for your support!
Joshua Boulet, the mural artist capturing “Frisco: Past and Present,” is featured in the newest issue of Frisco STYLE Magazine!
The mural, located on Main and 4th in the Rail District of Downtown Frisco, colorfully reflects the themes and cultural diversity of Frisco. It is groundbreaking in size, medium (spray paint), and concept. The mural was a collaboration of the Rotary Club of Frisco, Frisco Arts, Downtown Advisory Board, and the Downtown Merchants Association.
Read more about Joshua Boulet in the Frisco STYLE article here..
(Pictured here is the new plaque and representatives of the mural project: Danny Mehta, Mark Piper, and Ken Looney.)
TONY MEMMEL IN CONCERT
Tony Memmel , an award-winning singer-songwriter, speaker and composer will perform on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Frisco ISD Administration Building, 5515 Ohio Drive, in the boardroom.
The family-friendly performance is sure to inspire as Memmel talks about his personal journey and everyone’s ability to overcome challenges, both visible and invisible.
Memmel is an ambassador for the Lucky Fin Project, an international non-profit that raises awareness and supports those with upper limb differences.
As a child, Memmel taught himself to play guitar by fastening a guitar pick to his arm in a creative use of Gorilla tape that allowed him to pluck and strum the guitar. He travels the world playing music, inspiring people and living his dream.
The concert is open to parents and students 8+; RSVP not required.
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts (TX)
Typically the number of seats in a performing arts center (PAC) is a fixed number, which usually dictates what types of groups can perform. But what if you could create multiple configurations of seats in the same space, even making all the seats disappear into the ground?
This innovative gala lift system is changing the rules for PACs, accommodating various productions, audiences, and arts experiences. . . all in the same space.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX
Do you want to introduce your 2-6 year old to the exciting world of music and art? Come join the Music Institute of North Texasevery Wednesday from February 6-May 22 for a fun musical experience with early childhood music specialist, Ms. Kelly Russell. Kids will enjoy an interactive introduction to music by moving and grooving, all while learning about different concepts of music and art!
Material based on the nationally recognized program: Harmony Road, which gives an all-around exposure to the arts!
Ms. Kelly Russell holds a Master’s degree in Early childhood education from John Hopkin’s University and a Bachelors and Masters Degree for Voice Performance. She is passionate about developing children’s musicality and spark their interest in music and art!
Frisco Arts is a 501(c)(3) collective impact organization, representing the interests of the arts community. Our mission is to advance the arts through advocacy, outreach, and education, building a stronger community with the arts.
Your annual membership to Frisco Arts is tax-deductible and goes towards the important work of arts impact in Frisco. Join the Frisco Arts family today!
2018 has been a historic year for the Frisco Arts community, and we couldn’t have done it without YOU, our wonderful members! Together, we advanced the arts in Frisco, making the arts more visible and showing its value to our community and beyond. Here’s a look at some of the exciting highlights this year.
BY THE NUMBERS
675 women attending 9 SOLD OUT Ladies Who Launch luncheons, supporting women in arts and business
2400+ subscribers to weekly e-newsletter
336 runners from 6 states at the inaugural Frisco Arts 5K Walk and Run
700+ diverse members of Frisco Arts (a 75% increase from 2017!)
5800+ Facebook followers
4 SOLD OUT Members Networking Happy Hours at Bonnie Ruth’s, Da Mario, Zaytinya, and Dee Lincoln at the Star
$100,600+ in membership donations to support Frisco Arts initiatives
$175,000 in arts grants distributed to 17 local arts groups
1 brand new office space at HALL Park!
Frisco Arts partnered with the Frisco Rotary, Downtown Advisory Board, and Downtown Merchants Association to curate the new mural at 4th and Main in the Rail District. This groundbreaking piece was created by Frisco artist Joshua Boulet.
Thanks to Half Price Books in Frisco, we hosted 6 Author’s Corner meetings featuring local literary artists and supporting young authors and illustrators.
RED CARPET CONCERTS
Frisco Arts and Frisco Life Magazine brought world-class music to Frisco through two SOLD OUT Red Carpet Concerts at the Lincoln Experience Center at the Star, welcoming a $7M Stradivarius and a Steinway!
DALLAS OPERA IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Our partnership with the Dallas Opera helped usher in a free community performance of their Children’s Opera, “The Three Little Pigs”, to Council
Chambers! This event was SOLD OUT and standing room only, showing the desire for more fine arts programs in Frisco.
UNT JAZZ BAND PERFORMANCES
Frisco Arts was pleased to showcase the GRAMMY-nominated UNT Jazz lab bands to perform a free community concert in Frisco at our Frisco Arts Walk and Run.
THE CLIBURN IN FRISCO
The Cliburn from Bass Hall in Fort Worth partnered with Frisco Arts to provide a Steinway Piano for community performances at our Frisco Arts Walk and Run. The Junior Cliburn Discretionary Winner Clayton Stephenson flew in from Harvard University to perform a free concert!
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF THE NFL DRAFT
Arts and sports collided in this unique video which aired on WFAA Ch. 8 before the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26. Sports Anchor Joe Trahan interviews Steven Jones of the Dallas Cowboys while Executive Director Tammy Meinershagen plays the violin on the
50-yard line of the Star practice facility.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Frisco Economic Development Corporation launched a media campaign in 2018 called “See Yourself In Frisco”, featuring Dallas Cowboys’ Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson, Gearbox CEO and Founder Randy Pitchford, Frisco Arts Executive Director Tammy Meinershagen, and others. The campaign included a YouTube video and ad in the Wall Street Journal.
Dallas Morning News columnist Sharon Grisby featured Frisco Arts in the Metro and State Section on August 6, 2018. The online and print article focused on Frisco Arts’ community impact, innovative partnerships, and the need for a home for the arts in Frisco.
Frisco Arts is honored to have been recognized for the following awards and nominations this year:
2018 Spirit of Collaboration award by the Junior League of Collin County
2018 Best of Business Award, “Best at Winning New Customers” by Frisco STYLE Magazine
2018 and 2017 Nonprofit of the Year Finalist by Frisco Chamber of Commerce
2017 Spirit of Frisco awarded to Frisco Arts ED Tammy Meinershagen by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce
2018 Visionary of Innovation Finalist by Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber
2018 Nonprofit Leader of the Year Finalist by the Business Council for the Arts
MEMBERSHIP GOAL REACHED!
We asked, you gave!! Our goal was to hit $100,000 in membership donations by December 31st, and as of December 30th, we have now surpassed that goal and reached $100,600+!! Your generosity will help us continue the important work of keeping the arts in the conversation through our advocacy, special events, and initiatives. Thank you for strengthening the voice of the arts community in Frisco!
We welcome the following new and renewing members of Frisco Arts in December:
Bob and Teresa Allen
Cary and Erika Bazan
Paul and Nicole Devlin
Glenn and Robyn Feehan
Robert and Trudy Grimmer
Bill & Stephanie Hengstenberg
Mike and Patty Juniper
Howard and Joyce Korn
Jerome and Mary Ellen Loughren
Lorie and Russ Medina
Dave and Kathy McKinney
Terri and John Miller
Jeremy and Kimberly Ridout
Melanie and Chris Royer
Leon and Peggy Zellars
DARLING HOMES GIVES $10,000 TO FRISCO ARTS!
Thanks to Darling Homes for being our presenting sponsor at $10,000 for our 2019 Red Carpet Concert Series! Because of their shared passion to bring world-class music and art to Frisco, we will host 2 special concerts at the Lincoln Experience Center at the Star on February 14th and April 24th.
As we wrap up this amazing year at Frisco Arts, we can’t thank you enough for investing in us in 2018. Our progress, innovations, and achievements from the past year couldn’t have been possible without you, and they will serve as motivation for the new year and beyond. Thank you for being the engine that helps us continue to make an positive impact for the arts!
It’s not too late to join Frisco Arts before 2018 ends! Become a member advocate and champion today! Learn more here.
You’re invited to a special edition of Ladies Who Launch + SmART Men on Tuesday, January 8th! Join us at the Lincoln Experience Center at the Star for lunch and a panel discussion with 4 dynamic leaders in arts and business. Moderated by Frisco Arts Executive Director Tammy Meinershagen, the panelists include:
Emily Ledet, Senior Vice President of Bank of America
Katherine Wagner, CEO of Business Council for the Arts
Mayor Jeff Cheney, Founder of Cheney Group
Bryan Elmore, Director of Institutional Sales, Steinway & Sons
You won’t want to miss this exciting convergence of arts and business! Limited seating, so make sure to get your tickets and secure your spot. $20 Frisco Arts Members, $25 Non-Members. Tickets include lunch/beverage; no refunds.
The issues arising in the intersection of art and law have potentially far-reaching implications. Protect your work and learn more about how to recognize potential legal pitfalls in this important new “Art & Law Workshop”, hosted by Frisco Arts and Frisco School of Music and Performing Arts.
Attorney and artist Charles Wallace will share on the following:
Brief introduction – background as an artist, talent agent, producer, and lawyer – with industry insights
Overview of important entertainment law elements (copyright, right of publicity, defamation, privacy, etc.)
How to avoid infringing on others’ work and real world examples of artists who faced legal issues from seemingly harmless use of another’s work
What is “fair use” anyway?
How to start and build upon your own personal brand as an artist
The session is from 10am- 11:30am on Saturday January 12th at Frisco School of Music and Performing Arts (9255 Preston Road, Frisco 75033). We will also have a brief Q&A regarding the 2019 Frisco Arts Grants from 11:30am-12pm.
Tickets are just $20 for Members, $25 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!
Though the fires in California ravaged her grandmother’s home last month, 17-year-old Jessica Bierschenk created beauty from ashes with this work of art made from remnants of their belongings. It’s an inspiring story of how art can bring hope and healing where words fail.
Join us for the Ribbon Cutting of the completed Mural Project in Downtown Frisco’s Rail District! The ceremony will be held Friday November 30, 2018 at 10:30am on 6927 Main Street, outside Twisted Simplicity and the gazebo on 4th and Main.
The mural was funded by The Rotary Club of Frisco and the Downtown Advisory Board, managed by Frisco Arts. It features the work of a local Frisco artist Joshua Boulet, and creates a signature destination in historic downtown. The mural pre
serves and showcases the spirit of Frisco through the theme, “Frisco: Past and Present.” This unique piece depicts the rich history of Frisco and includes familiar landmarks, diverse cultures, a thriving sports and arts community, and an interactive spot where the public can become part of the mural and insert themselves into a painter’s blank canvas.
A Mural Committee comprised of representatives from The Rotary Club of Frisco, Frisco Arts, the Downtown Merchants Association, the Downtown Advisory Board, and Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney will be present to commemorate the unveiling of the new mural. Come meet the artist and celebrate the newest art in Downtown Frisco with us!
LADIES WHO LAUNCH
Meet Brittnee Belt , recording artist and Founder of Pink Couch Music Academy, and Melinda Samberson, Frisco Council of PTA President, who represents 65 FISD schools and 23,000 PTA members. They’ll be our guests on December 4th’s Ladies Who Launch at Crest Infiniti.
Whether you’re an artist, business owner, entrepreneur, or “wantrepreneur”, you’re welcome to attend and connect with our boss ladies who launch! Each luncheon lasts just 90 minutes and features 2 special speakers in a panel discussion, moderated by Frisco Arts Executive Director Tammy Meinershagen. Guests will enjoy a gourmet lunch and light dessert by Crest Infiniti’s Executive Chef.
Seating is limited to 75 ladies, and tickets must be purchased in advance to secure your spot. Tickets are $20 for Frisco Arts Members; $25 for Future Members. We look forward to seeing you there!
Frisco Arts members are arts advocates who are passionate about advancing the arts in Frisco! Our membership reflects the diverse community and is made up of both patrons and creators of the arts. Your annual gift helps us continue the important work of keeping the arts visible and showing its value to the community through our various initiatives. Please welcome our new members in November:
Mike Barber – BKM Sowan Horan Accountants
Philip & Jacqueline Brown
Krista Brown and Norm Trujilo
Jeff & Heather Eastburn
Keith and Debbie Hall
Christer & Karin Hiort
Melanie Horton – Holmes Murphy
Brad & Laura Huff
Kristin and Bryan Kucholtz
Charlene & Donald Lyles
Michael & Stacy Simmons
Michael & Audrey Troiano
Jennifer & Oliver Wade
Don and Esther Weasenforth
Karen White – Oasis Accents
From now until Dec. 31st, we are looking for 100 donors at $100 to give us 100 Reasons to Celebrate! Please consider helping us finish the year strong and becoming part of the Frisco Arts family. All members will be invited to a special New Year’s Party on Dec. 31st at Frisco Fine Art Gallery to celebrate our 100 Reasons; more details coming soon!
Note: Your annual membership expires 1 year from your donation, and you will receive a friendly reminder 30 days ahead of the renewal date. You can also make a monthly donation. Thanks for your support!
CELEBRATE ARTS IMPACT
Less than 10 tickets are still available for our HeARTfelt Celebration on Friday November 30th, 7-9pm at Verona Villa in Frisco! You won’t want to miss this exciting Thanks-for-Giving event, and we’ve got a VERY special surprise coming at the end of the night as well!
We will recognize our 2018 Youth Council Member of the Year, 2018 Volunteer of the Year and 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year, share what’s coming up in 2019, and get a taste of the arts with Broadway’s Phantom, electric violinist, Indian Dance, commissioned art by sculptor Roger Belveal, and more! Guests will also enjoy appetizers by gourmet chef Tre Wilcox, HALL wine, and a signature Frisco Arts cocktail with cherry and chocolate by Vom Fass. Thanks to our sponsors Frisco STYLE Magazine and Verona Villa for making this event possible.
Registration required to attend.
Tickets are just $30 for members, $40 for non-members.
Complimentary valet parking. Invite your friends and neighbors to join and experience the arts community! See you there!
We’ve had an incredible year in 2018 because of you, and from now till December 31st, w e’ll be sharing 100 Reasons to Celebrate the collective impact Frisco Arts has had in our community this year! View the campaign on our Frisco Arts Facebook page, as we look for 100 donors at $100 to become members of Frisco Arts and help us close the year out strong!
Your $100 donation to Frisco is tax-deductible and includes:
Family Membership to Frisco Arts
Invitation to Members-Only Networking Events
Discounts to Ticketed Events
A Members-Only New Year’s Party at Frisco Fine Art
Being part of the Creative Community in Frisco!
Join the creative revolution and help us make a more art-ful Frisco! Become a member here. Thank you helping us advance the arts in Frisco!
NEW FRISCO-INSPIRED TEES
Ask and you shall receive! Due to popular demand and customer request, Tumbleweed TexStyles, a proud Frisco Arts Corporate Member, is launching its Frisco Collection! The growth of Frisco and the increased pride within our community is what inspired Frisco residents Brian Wysong and Jeb Matulich to offer the new cool designs for locals.
The arts are all about experiences! On Friday November 9th, Steinway Pianos hosted a special “Behind-The-Grand” event at the Lincoln Experience Center for VIP guests and high-level donors. Steinway representative Bryan Elmore shared the history of the making and craftsmanship of the Steinway, and guests heard special performances from UNT Doctoral Student Dzmitry Ulasiuk and Frisco Arts Executive Director Tammy Meinershagen. At the end of the night, Steinway Pianos made a $1000 donation to Frisco Arts!
We are truly grateful for the shared passion of bringing world-class music to Frisco and expanding audiences. Thanks to Steinway Pianos and the Lincoln Experience Center for creating such a unique event. Be watching for more intimate experiences like this for our Sustaining Members!
Become a Sustainer of Frisco Arts! Learn more here.
Thanks to all who attended the Grand Opening of our new offices at 3201 Dallas Parkway in HALL Park! We had a wonderful time celebrating the beautiful space at Serendipity Labs. The entire building reflects the type of the organization we aim to be: creative, inspiring, and innovative. We share this milestone with all of you who have invested in our mission to advance the arts in Frisco. Our sincerest thanks to Craig Hall for donating an office space to Frisco Arts!
MEET KEITH AND DEBBIE HALL!
Keith and Debbie Hall are native born Texans and have lived in North Texas for most of their adults lives. They relocated to Frisco in 2015 when The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) moved its national headquarters from Washington DC to Frisco, Texas. Keith serves as President and CEO of the NASE, supporting small and micro business owners all across the country.
“Supporting Frisco Arts is one of the things we are called to do. Investing in the future of Frisco through music, dance, and all forms of artistic expression is critical for the long term success of not only our community, but for all of North Texas. We are so happy to be able to participate, even if in this small way.” – Keith and Debbie Hall
Keith and Debbie gave a generous gift of $2500 to Frisco Arts, and we appreciate their strong investment in our mission to advance the arts in Frisco!
A HEARTFELT CELEBRATION
Don’t miss out on our HeARTfelt Celebration on Friday November 30th, 7-9pm at Verona Villa in Frisco! (6591 Dallas Parkway, Frisco 75034). It’s our annual Thanks-for-Giving event, and we thank YOU for being a part of the collective impact of the arts!
We will recognize our 2018 Volunteer of the Year and 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year, share what’s coming up in 2019, and get a taste of the arts with Broadway’s Phantom, electric violinist, Indian Dance, and more! Guests will also enjoy appetizers by gourmet chef Tre Wilcox, HALL wine, and a signature Frisco Arts cocktail with cherry and chocolate by Vom Fass. You won’t want to miss it! Thanks to our sponsor Frisco STYLE Magazine for making this event possible.
Registration required to attend.
Tickets are just $30 for members, $40 for non-members.
Complimentary valet parking. Invite your friends and neighbors to join and support the arts community! See you there!
It was an honor to represent Frisco Arts in Scottsdale, AZ for the Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Leadership Exchange trip. The group of 42 included the Mayor and representatives from the Economic Development Corporation, Visit Frisco, FISD, Hillwood, HALL Group, UNT, Collin College, Community Impact, corporate leaders, lawyers, and more. We spent 3 days learning from the Scottsdale Mayor and their leadership about best practices in all sectors.
What struck me most during the discussions was how much arts and culture are ingrained into the fabric of Scottsdale, and how proud they are to be known for their arts community. Not only was art visible everywhere you went, every leader from the Mayor to the panel speakers mentioned that arts and culture are part of their DNA. We visited the Scottsdale Performing Arts Center, Museum of the West, Museum of Contemporary Art, heard from Scottsdale Arts CEO and other arts panelists, and learned that there were 40 galleries in Old Town Scottsdale.
There is so much to share from the Leadership Exchange trip, but I narrowed it down to my Top 5 Takeaways on a blog post here. I encourage you to take a quick read for the recap.
What we all came away with was the fact that Frisco must up its game with regards to arts and culture; it is the missing puzzle piece to finish building our city.
Let’s continue to increase awareness, appreciation, and visibility of the arts so that someday, Frisco will truly become a well-rounded city. Thank you for being an important voice of arts advocacy with us!
We’re thrilled to announce the new mural artist for 4th and Main St. in The Rail District is Joshua Boulet!
Joshua is a Frisco resident and professional artist who moved from Seattle about 5 months ago. View this video to see a sample of his work; he’s created an incredible concept for the mural in Frisco that has captured the essence of our city! Thanks to the Frisco Noon Rotary, Downtown Merchants Association, and the Downtown Advisory Board who are helping to make this project a reality. Joshua will be starting on the mural next week and will be working on it for the next 30 days.
“I’m excited that this mural is going to be part of Frisco for a long time. The Mural represents the past and present of the city, and I hope it will be a place where people can take selfies, hang out, and stare at the awesome art. I plan to use the results of this Mural to help me continue to travel the world with my “Sketch The World” series.” – Joshua Boulet
The Whistlestop Jamboree is a FREE, all-day, family-friendly music festival showcasing prominent local bands on one stage and featuring an experimental collaboration of musicians on another stage. There will be food trucks and a bar on site, as well as kid games.
The Jamboree Scramble stage will host ad-hoc bands that were created this summer by drawing names of prominent local musicians from a hat: The Dandy Shakers, Pocket Change, That Sound Flipper Makes, 21 String Posse, 380 Outlaws, Shotgun Whiskey, Thorns & Roses.
Meet local artist Leticia Herrera and Frisco Parks and Rec Director Shannon Kelleher at our next Ladies Who Launch on November 6th! Presented by Origin Bank.
Whether you’re an artist, business owner, entrepreneur, or “wantrepreneur”, you’re welcome to attend and connect with our Ladies Who Launch! This is not your typical networking event; it’s an opportunity for mentoring, connecting, and supporting other women in arts and business.
Each luncheon lasts just 90 minutes and features 2 special speakers in a panel discussion, moderated by Frisco Arts Executive Director Tammy Meinershagen. Guests will enjoy a gourmet lunch and light dessert by Crest Infiniti’s Executive Chef, as well beautiful decor by Joy in the Breakroom and Marquee Rentals.
Our decor sponsors are Lauren Sax and Melody of Hope. Photography sponsor is Nikki Sumrow Photography.
These luncheons sell out quickly, so don’t delay and get your tickets today!
Adrian Lyles is a 13-year-old
eighth-grader at Hunt Middle School who was recently featured in Frisco Enterprise! Adrian writes his own songs, and his newest song “Nobody Knows My Name” is now available on Amazon Music. Adrian is also a Frisco Arts Youth Council member, and his parents are proud Patron members of Frisco Arts.
Adrian will be celebrating the release of his freshman EP album on Saturday October 27th from 2-4pm at Unify Frisco, located at 10880 John W. Elliot Drive, Suite 600, Frisco 75033.