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Arts of Collin County to Explort Process for Name Change

At Thursday’s Arts of Collin County (ACC) Board Meeting on Feb. 24, 2011, the Board of Directors directed the Executive Director and staff to present a preliminary plan and recommended process at next month’s Board meeting for potentially changing the name of the Arts of Collin County.

After months of soliciting input from the cities, private organizations, and Mayors and Council members, who have suggested a name change and citizens who have expressed their support for such a change, the Board and staff of the ACC are moving forward with this recommendation.

“We believe in the merits of selecting a name that more appropriately reflects the broader scope and impact that this performing arts center and arts park will have on the region, as well as acknowledging the commitment and tremendous financial support from communities and areas beyond Collin County” said Mike Simpson, executive director. Donations to date have been received from people in over 15 different cities and the support and interest in this project has expanded throughout the region.

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 financial support from private individuals, corporations and foundations. Located at Sam Rayburn Tollway/ 121 just east of Custer Road at Exchange Parkway, 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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