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North Texas Business Leaders to Support the Arts of Collin County

Supporting the arts is good business. Just ask North Texas based businesses AT&T, Hall Office Park, The Westin Stonebriar, Mario Sinacola & Sons and Darling Homes about their experience in investing in the arts to enrich their business community, employees and legacy. The Arts of Collin County will host a two-part session, “Arts for the Arts” breakfast and “Business for the Arts” luncheon to spread this valuable message to other business and arts leaders in the area. Both events will be held February 25, 2010, at The Stonebriar Westin Resort in Frisco. The business luncheon is sponsored by AT&T, Hall Office Park, The Westin Stonebriar, Mario Sinacola & Sons and Darling Homes. Businesses in the North Texas area are invited to attend. Please call 972-335-3330 or go online www.artsofcollincounty.org/rsvp to reserve your place.

The Arts for the Arts Breakfast will connect arts organizations from all over North Texas with the Arts of Collin County to facilitate a discussion on partnering to build a support network to promote the arts. Over ?arts organizations have been invited to attend. The breakfast is generously underwritten by The Westin Stonebriar.

Luncheon keynote speakers include Holly Reed, Regional Vice-President of External Affairs for AT&T who will share her perspective on why supporting the arts has been good business and the AT&T’s experience with the positive economic impact of the arts. She will also touch on the importance of companies investing in the quality of life of the communities they serve and where their employees live, work and raise families.

Following Reed Bernard Weinstein, Ph.D, Associate Director Maguire Energy Institute – Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, will address the financial and economic benefits of the arts and “Why the Arts are Good for Business.” Mike Simpson, Executive Director of the Arts of Collin County will share good news about the progress and “Paving the way to groundbreaking in Spring 2010.”

An investment in the Arts of Collin County benefits local companies, local employees and the overall quality of life that encourages economic growth to thrive and North Texas to sustain its national leadership role as a desirable hub for business and one of the “best places to live.” Additional philanthropic business, foundation and individual support are needed to make this a reality. In just the last 13 months, more than $3.3 million has been raised in the private sector.

The Arts of Collin County is not just about today, the project supports and enhances long range planning for sustained economic growth, strong home values and a quality of life rich in creativity, culture and community.

For an invitation to attend either Arts for the Arts or Business for the Arts, please call214-495-5810.Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. For more information about the Arts of Collin County, please visit www.artsofcollincounty.org.

About The Arts of Collin County

The Arts of Collin County (ACC) is a nationally recognized, innovative, public-private partnership to develop a 100+ acre arts park. Co-owned by the cities of Allen, Frisco and Plano, with operational support by member cities, Fairview and Melissa, the development of the arts park is supported with $57 million in bond monies, up to $3 million in Collin County Open Space Grant funds, and an additional $12 million financial support from private individuals, corporations and foundations. Located at Sam Rayburn Tollway/ 121 just east of Custer Road, the arts park will be completed in phases, with a 2,100-seat performing arts hall, sculpture garden, performance meadow, and hike and bike trails included in Phase One. To contribute, view the virtual tour of the project and learn more, visit www.artsofcollincounty.org or call 214-495-5810.

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