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.