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Sunbelt Stone Donates Sandstone to Arts of Collin County

The Arts of Collin County has received a significant contribution to the project in the form of an in-kind donation of sandstone, valued at $100,000, from Sunbelt Stone. The sandstone will be used on the interior walls of the Arts of Collin County’s 2,100-seat performing arts hall. Sunbelt Stone is owned by Scott and Lisa Carpenter, formerly of Plano and now a Highland Park resident.

“Sunbelt Stone is excited to be a part of the Arts of Collin County and the impact it will have on our region,” stated Carpenter, founder and President of Sunbelt Sandstone. “We are very proud to be able to showcase our stone on this tremendous property for generations to come.”

The Sunbelt Stone sandstone donation brings the Arts of Collin County one step closer to a possible groundbreaking in April or May of 2010.

“We are in the final stages of assembling all the pieces of financing for the project and these significant private donations will help us reach the full funding goal very quickly. We are continuing to work closely with the Owner Cities to finalize the agreements by the end of March,” states Mike Simpson, executive director of the Arts of Collin County. “The Arts of Collin County is grateful to Sunbelt Stone and the Carpenter family for their contribution. The interior sandstone will be major focal point of the performing arts halls and will showcase Sunbelt’s quality,” continues Simpson.

Located on 155 acres on Formation #3 in San Saba County, Sunbelt Stone’s quarry produces some of the richest colors and structural properties when compared to other sandstone formations. Therefore, it is preferred sandstone for architects, builders, landscapers and masons because of the vast colors and minimal waste produced from working with the stone. As a local, natural product, the eco-friendly sandstone fits into the sustainable design of the Arts of Collin County project.

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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 or call 214-495-5810.

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