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  • North Texas Performing Arts at The Shops of Willow Bend 6121 West Park Boulevard Plano, TX, 75093 United States (map)





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Contact:          Sara Egelston Akers

                        State of the Arts 2018 Chair



The Plano Arts Coalition in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month invites North Texas business, civic community leaders, artists, and residents to the 2018 State of the Arts on Sunday, October 21st at 5:30 p.m. at North Texas Performing Arts at The Shops of Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park, B216, Plano, Texas, 75093.  

The schedule is as follows:  

5:30 p.m.         Performances and refreshments by Plano Arts Coalition members

6 p.m.              Welcome – Mike Mazur, Plano Arts Coalition President

Key Note Presentation by Chris Kiley, Associate Director for Texans for the Arts. 

6:20 p.m.         Panelists Frank Turner, Kathy Kuddes, and Chris Kiley.  

Ron C. Parker -  moderator.

 7:30 p.m.         Special performance by musician, Ray L Baker

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The 2018 Keynote Speaker will be Chris Kiley, Associate Director for Texans for the Arts. Chris moved to Texas over five years ago to complete his graduate work at Texas Tech University from New York, New York and moved to the Austin area to pursue working with TFA in 2016. He considers Texas one of the best places on Earth and loves working on behalf of the people in his new home state. Chris has been involved in Texas politics for years and spent time while studying at Texas Tech interning for Congressman Gene Green from Houston in Washington D.C. immersing himself in arts policy and funding issues.  

When Chris is not working on behalf of TFA, Chris is dedicated to arts education. Chris works for Austin non-profit Creative Action as a SPARK School Arts Integration Teaching Artist. In partnership with Austin ISD, Chris collaborates with classroom teachers to explore non-arts subjects and develop curriculum through a creative lens. Chris loves his work bringing the arts into the classroom and ensuring students receive a robust arts education. 

Chris also has a background in Acting and Directing for the stage. Chris recently left his position at the Derryfield School in NH, where he served as Executive Director of the Derryfield Repertory Theater Program, a summer initiative dedicated to introducing young people to theater and producing professional musical theater productions.

Chris Kiley says, "I believe a healthy arts landscape is vital to providing us with happy, healthy communities. The arts give us a voice, but it is up to us to use it!"


The moderator will be Ronald C. Parker. Ronald  is the former President and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC). He has been a member of the organization representing senior African-American executives at Fortune 500 and equivalent companies since 1994 and has served on both the Council and Foundation Boards. Parker, who recently retired from his post as senior vice president for human resources, labor relations and global diversity and inclusion for PepsiCo, is focused on assuring that the ELC’s brand, programs and overall impact remain strong as the organization launches its aspirational goals. Most recently, Ronald chaired the highly successful Kinzey’s Harlem Renaissance Art Exhibit at the ArtCentre of Plano.



Frank Turner

With more than 40 years of experience in city management and urban planning, Frank Turner recently established Urban Opportunity, LLC to assist public and private clients identify, plan and conduct urban infill and redevelopment projects and programs. His extensive experience in managing a broad range of city departments, including planning, public works, engineering, transportation, building inspections, neighborhood services and downtown redevelopment, offers clients the seasoned and multi-disciplinary perspective required to undertake successful projects. Mr. Turner has organized numerous public/private partnerships involving project planning, negotiating incentives and development agreements and conducting public engagement. A major area of Mr. Turner's responsibility has been the nationally recognized revitalization of downtown Plano based on the principles of transit-oriented development and new urbanism. Frank Turner was critical to the re- use of PISD’s first high school into the Courtyard Theatre, the renovation of the Saigling House into an exhibition space and home for ArtCentre of Plano, and the re-development of downtown Plano into a vibrant part of Plano.


The final panelist is Kathy Kuddes, Plano Independent School District Fine Arts Director. Kathy Kuddes’ experience includes fourteen years in public school music teaching, Kodály Music Pedagogy, Folk Music Research, Music Curriculum Development, Elementary Music Classroom Materials & Resources, and Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom


Guest Artist, Ray L Baker


Ray L Baker is described as a “person whose creative works displays skill and craftsmanship with imagination, ingenuity, and beauty.” Original, innovative, creative are just a few of the words that describe the music of Ray L. Baker. For more than three decades, the professional performance of Ray L. Baker on the piano, alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones have been entertaining and motivating to all listening ears. Ray has performed all over the Western hemisphere and his music incorporates jazz, funk, and Latin Styles. For more information about Ray Baker, contact


Important Information about the Arts


The American for the Arts (AFTA) recently concluded a national study on Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a study designed to measure the economic impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the United States. This is the tenth impact study by BCA over the past 20 years, and the second consecutive one with AFTA. 

From Business Council for the Arts Website:

“AEP5 Study Highlights for North Texas:

  • The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA came in third, measured against other multicounty regions in the country.

  • The economic impact of arts and culture organizations in North Texas more than tripled between the previously published study in 2012 and the current study – from $428,512,328 to $1,473,366,015.

  • In the region, the nonprofit arts and culture sector equated to 52,848 FTE jobs
    supported, translating into $1.3 billion in annual salaries.

  • North Texas cultural audience attendance numbers totaled 13,970,000 in 2015,
    contributing $473,856,433 to the economy.”

“This study shows, in very powerful numbers, just what a critical role arts and culture play in keeping our national, state and local economies vibrant and growing.”

— Katherine Wagner, CEO, Business Council for the Arts



About Plano Arts Coalition

Plano Arts Coalition is a consortium of Plano Major Arts Groups, arts patrons, artists, and City of Plano Arts Leaders. Its mission is to establish the City of Plano as a major arts destination. Its vision is to establish Plano as a diverse cultural destination through collaboration, promotion, and advocacy.


Founding arts organizations include ArtCentre of Plano, Chamberlain Performing Arts, Historic Downtown Plano, Plano International Festival, North Texas Performing Arts, Plano Civic Chorus, Plano Art Association, Plano Metropolitan Ballet, and Plano Symphony Orchestra. Mike Mazur, Managing Director of North Texas Performing Arts – Plano, is PAC President for 2018-2019.



About Texans for the Arts



Texans for the Arts, the premiere statewide arts advocacy organization, works to protect and increase public funding and to promote policies that support the arts.


Where Texas leads the nation in investing in the arts and ensures that the arts are an ongoing part of the public dialogue.

Legislative Agenda 

The TFA legislative agenda advocates for the development and implementation of public policy that supports a strong and vibrant  arts and cultural industry.  Our goals include:

-Protecting the legal authorized funding level and uses of the Municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax for the development, support and promotion of the arts; 
-Promoting passage of increased state appropriations for arts’ funding; 
-Increasing state appropriations for the Texas Commission on the Arts which in turn provides greater resources for arts and cultural organizations throughout Texas; and 
-Monitoring legislative action that impacts the non-profit sector, such as tax exemptions, regulatory issues, etc.

Texans For The Arts is a 501(c)(4) organization that coordinates citizen-based legislative advocacy and lobbying efforts.  


State of the Arts is hosted by Plano Arts Coalition and Chaired by Sara Akers, Executive Director/Founder of North Texas Performing Arts.


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