A Heart to Art with Tammy Meinershagen
Frisco Texas is growing at an enormous rate. Within that growth, we all can look forward to the continued growth of the Arts. Currently, local artists are meeting at various areas in our town to hold expos, concerts and the like. The goal is to have a centralized location where the citizens of Frisco interested in being more involved in the arts, can have a place to collaborate, communicate, network and learn.
Tammy Meinershagen, the Executive Director of Frisco Arts discussed with me some of Frisco Arts background, current situation and future goals for this sector of our town.
Tammy has held passion in the arts her entire life. She herself has practiced the piano as well as the violin from a young age. Having moved to Frisco in 2004 from Chicago, with her husband, Todd and their three girls, her passion quickly turned into advocacy. Residing in Frisco, she would soon learn that one element Frisco was lacking in was the arts. Even though it had been in existence since 1996, it was an old organization with a complete lull in activity. This was disheartening to Tammy. In fact, so much so, that was when as she stated, was at a cross roads – does she move away into another city that offered more arts, or stay and become part of the change this city needed? Lucky for us, she opted for the latter.
Fast forward a bit to 2009. Tammy worked with our now mayor, Jeff Cheney in fighting for a destination for Frisco Arts to be placed as a priority for the 40% left over build of the city of Frisco. Through her advocacy on the city bond committee and the acting voice of the Frisco Arts department, she and Jeff Cheney were able to secure a plan for a $10 million Performing Arts Center. Frisco Arts is currently working with Craig Hall to bring the Frisco Arts center home to us. So exciting!
As the saying goes, “The show must go on!” Even though there is not a set date of completion for a central Frisco Arts meeting place, Frisco can still enjoy the various arts from local painters, musicians and other artists. In fact, the growth in 2017 was so large, that it grew it’s membership numbers at an astounding 700%! Local spots that Frisco artists use have been areas to exhibit their work. The Frisco Walk for instance was held at Hall Park. Local musicians and artists were given a chance to showcase their talents. The Star held a remarkable Opera that The Dallas Opera worked in conjunction with Frisco to hold a opera at The Star Football Stadium. The local City Council Chambers are used regularly to display local painters work, etc. as well.
In 2018, Frisco Arts is excited to grow even more. Our very own, Frisco Life magazine has partnered with the Frisco Arts producing a quarterly concert series called the 2018 Red Carpet Concert Series. These four performances will be held at The Lincoln Experience Center inside The Star. Each concert will offer intimate performances from world-class musicians and visual artists. There will be food, beverages and an after-party opportunity to meet the musicians and artists for each event.
In fact, looking for a perfect Valentine’s Date idea? Come to the first installment of the 2018 Red Carpet Concert Series, entitled 1000 Roses. This is a Red Carpet event that will feature violinist Gary Levinson and his wife, Dr. Daredjan Baya Kakouberi, a pianist who will create an intimate and exciting experience for you and your valentine.
Frisco Arts and Frisco Life magazine would like to give a special thanks the growing list of sponsors including, Ebby Halliday and The Scribner Team. They help make these series of concerts possible.
The arts in Frisco is set to grow even further in 2018. We are looking forward to seeing what’s in store. If you would like to get involved or donate funds, you will then be named an Arts Advocate and your name will be placed on the website. You can contribute as little as fifty dollars. Please visit https://friscoarts.org/. We are all in this together. Let’s build a stronger Frisco through The Arts.