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Robinson Fine Arts Center Announcements
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2021
$3.2 MILLION STAGING THE FUTURE ENDOWMENT CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF FOR PLANO ISD’S ROBBIE & LYNORE ROBINSON FINE ARTS CENTER
PLANO, TX, May 7, 2021 – Opportunities are now available to become one of the Founding Patrons for Plano ISD’s Robbie & Lynore Robinson Fine Arts Center. On May 7, the Plano ISD Education Foundation and Plano ISD, joined by community leaders and partners, launched a $3.2 million Staging the Future Endowment Campaign to invite corporations, foundations, community groups, citizens, alumni and more to support the legacy of fine arts in Plano ISD.
The endowment campaign is an opportunity for fine arts patrons to be a part of the legacy through naming opportunities and general donations. Lead gift donors will have the unique opportunity to receive a hard-hat tour and be among the first to see the state-of-the-art facility.
“Now is the time to be part of the legacy,” according to Staging the Future Endowment Campaign chairperson Missy Bender, who works with Raise Your Hand Texas, is a Plano ISD Education Foundation Board member and has served on the Plano ISD Board of Trustees. “This campaign is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for donors whose names will be permanently etched into the legacy that is Plano ISD’s Robinson Fine Arts Center.”
“Fine arts has a long-standing tradition in Plano ISD,” stated Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser. “In addition to being named a ‘Best Communities for Music Education’ for 21 consecutive years, more than 23,000 students are enrolled in our award-winning programs and students annually earn top state and national honors. This fine arts center will serve not only as a hub for everyone to enjoy first-class performances, but also to celebrate together as a community.”
Plano ISD’s Robinson Fine Arts Center is named in memory of longtime arts champions, Dr. George “Robbie” Robinson and his wife Lynore Robinson. The Staging the Future Endowment Campaign was seeded with a $500,000 bequest from the Robinson Family Trust. The art gallery at the venue will be named Legacy Gallery in tribute to the role Dr. Robinson played in the development of Legacy Business Park.
At the May 7 Staging the Future Endowment Campaign campaign launch, several additional contributions were announced:
- Outgoing Plano ISD Board President Tammy Richards and husband Mike Douglass announced their pledge of $70,000.
- The Plano Rotary Foundation, represented at the event by several members of the Plano Rotary Club, made a pledge of $15,000 which will result in naming the balcony staircase in their honor.
- Individuals from across the state came together, along with family and coworkers, to create a fund that is called the “Friends and Family of Kathy Kuddes.” The group raised close to $20,000 to offset the costs for an impressive Steinway Grand Piano that will be housed in the main auditorium and bear the name of Plano ISD’s Director of Fine Arts Kathy Kuddes.
- The Plano ISD Council of PTAs will be naming a bench in honor of the Reflections program.
- Glenn and Jean Callison, Randy and Denise McDowell, Dr. Cameron Neal, Mabrie and Marshall Jackson, and Monica Shortino have pledged their support through naming opportunities for chairs and benches located throughout the facility.
The Staging the Future Endowment Campaign launch celebration included performances by Plano West Senior High School’s jazz band, an 2021 Essentially Ellington Finalist jazz ensemble, and musical theatre students from Plano Senior High School. Also in attendance were:
- The Dallas Foundation, representing the Robinson Family Trust;
- Staging the Future Endowment Campaign committee members;
- Plano ISD Education Foundation Board members; and
- Plano ISD school district officials
Construction of Plano ISD’s Robinson fine arts center was funded through Plano ISD’s 2016 bond. The 82,000 square foot venue, located at 1800 Alma Drive in Plano and scheduled to open in 2021, will feature a 1,500 seat, two level auditorium with a balcony, a studio theater that can seat up to 250 patrons, and a dance/rehearsal room that can accommodate 120 musicians, 30 dancers or 200 meeting attendees. The Legacy Gallery, a dedicated art gallery, is a showcase feature of the facility. Performance and production areas include a scene shop, art studio, dressing rooms, green room, break room and meeting room. The endowment will fund a portion of annual operating costs.
Learn more about the Staging the Future Endowment Campaign at www.pisd.edu/RFAC.
About Plano Independent School District
The Plano Independent School District (Plano ISD) (www.pisd.edu) endeavors to foster the highest level of student learning. Plano ISD is located 20 miles north of Dallas, Texas and serves the residents of approximately 100 square miles in southwest Collin County, including 66 square miles in the city of Plano, northern portions of the cities of Dallas and Richardson and parts of the cities of Allen, Parker and Murphy. Plano ISD employs more than 7,000 staff members who serve more than 50,000 students in 72 schools and 11 service facilities. Mission: Our Plano ISD learning community will educate, inspire and empower every student to activate their unique potential in a dynamic world.
About the Plano ISD Education Foundation
The Plano ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help all students in the Plano Independent School District achieve their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs.
Since 1993, the Foundation has generated over $20 million in private support for priority projects for which tax dollars are not available. The Foundation's commitment to support quality education for Plano ISD students remains strong. We continue to identify and fund needed programs and work to increase community and corporate involvement in support of our schools. We currently partner with 40+ businesses and organizations in the North Texas region.
The Board of Directors consists of business and community leaders who recognize the importance of excellent public schools to the Plano community. Support generated by the Plano ISD Education Foundation ensures Plano ISD remains one of the best public school districts in the nation.