In 2002, Frisco leaders and residents developed an official public art program when Frisco city council members passed a Percent for Art ordinance through which a percentage of capital project funds are used to commission artwork to be enjoyed publicly. And progress with it they have. Now that program reflects more than 80 pieces, and is one of the largest municipal collections in Texas. Originality is alive and well. Combined with live theater, musical performances, local painters, photographers and other types of artists, there's an abundance of inspiration and creativity throughout the city to discover.
Art helped Frisco flourish through the years, knitting together a community while fostering cultural diversity with events that represent a broad range of ages, lifestyles and interests.
One of Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney’s substantial initiatives has been working with private sector professionals to create a path to construct a future performing arts center.
"For several years, we've had a focus on arts, starting with creating a city subcommittee to assess a potential performing arts center. We've also done an initial needs assessment and feasibility study," says Jeff. "The idea is to build a world-class center with space that's accessible for all Frisco residents and nonprofit arts groups."
On the docket could be a 800- to 1,500-seat performing arts center within Hall Park, with the possibility of expansion.
“We know that arts can help with individual mental health, social matters and community cohesion," says the mayor.
Also adding to art-anchored, positive impacts on the city are the 150-plus works created by 40 different artists from around the world on display in Frisco's Texas Sculpture Garden. The indoor/outdoor exhibit spans drawings, sketches, sculptures, paintings, glass art and photography -- from humorous to serious.
"While we're known as Sports City USA, there's certainly a thirst from our residents to fill a growing need for arts," he adds, noting Hall Park with the largest sculpture garden in Texas, as well as all of the murals being painted in The Rail District. "Others are following suit with murals downtown to The Huddle at the Star."
Jeff's also been showcasing work of various artists in the city's mayoral office each quarter. "We've started hearing from cities all over the country wanting to replicate that program," he adds.
On a personal level, this city leader says he very much appreciates how the arts help create a unique identity for Frisco, as well as being a vehicle to bring the community together.
Frisco City Council Member: 2007-2016
Elected mayor 2017
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