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Arts and Economic Prosperity Study:

The City of Richardson is partnering with the Americans for the Arts' national study of the economic impact of spending by non-profit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. This research study is the fifth study over the past twenty years being conducted by the Americans for the Arts to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents and revenue generated to local and state governments.

The City of Richardson is one of nearly 300 study partners across all fifty states that will collect detailed financial data about Richardson non-profit arts and culture organizations such as Richardson theater and dance companies, symphonies and arts festivals. The City of Richardson will also collect surveys from attendees at arts event using a short anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money is spent on items such as meals, parking, transportation and retail shopping as a result of attending the event. Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016. The results of the study will be released in June of 2017. For a full list of the nearly 300 Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 study partners, visit

For more information, please contact Assistant City Manager Shanna Sims-Bradish at 972-744-4210 or at

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Public Art Master Plan

The City of Richardson recently adopted a Public Art Master Plan.

Key recommendations of the plan include:

  • Carefully selecting public art projects that: reinforce the city’s design character, express the identity of Richardson’s neighborhoods, embrace the city’s diversification, engage people and display Richardson’s history.
  • Identifying public art opportunities that speak to local identity and the city’s image
  • The need for diversified funding sources for public art
  • Input and involvement by the City Council, Cultural Arts Commission and key stakeholders in selecting future public art projects
  • The importance of administrative guidelines to make sure that public art is representative of the community and continues to be conserved and maintained.
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Shanna Sims-Bradish:
June 2014 Workshop Results

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Richardson Cultural Arts


Richardson Cultural Arts Website The City of Richardson launched a new website April 1, 2014 that serves as a one-stop shop for information on local arts groups and events. features calendar listings, links to local arts groups and the option to search for a particular type of event. The website is updated by the City and the 29 groups that receive grants through the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission. It also contains information from the City’s partner organizations, such as Richardson ISD, Plano ISD and UT Dallas.

“The new website allows visitors to learn about the many arts events going on in Richardson in a single place,” said Assistant City Manager Shanna Sims-Bradish. “We expect Richardson residents will find to be a valuable tool in planning local outings and supporting our many arts groups.”

The website is one of the first projects originating out of the strategies identified in the Cultural Arts Master Plan, developed by the City and Lord Cultural Resources in 2013. The master plan is designed to serve as a guide to help strengthen the arts community in Richardson by building synergies among the various performance arts groups and enhancing existing arts in the area.



To ask questions or request more information regarding the Cultural Arts Master Plan (CAMP) please e-mail  

Welcome to Richardson Arts Online. Richardson's residents and businesses are provided with many opportunities for enjoyment of our local performing arts. The City of Richardson is committed to maintaining a superb quality of life for it's residents.

The City strongly supports cultural arts within the community by providing Financial Assistance to local arts groups through an arts grant program. Richardson has its own Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Community Band, Theatre Centre, Repertory Company Theatre, Chamber Music Society, Visual Art Society and a number of Ballet troupes and other Dance Groups. Explore Richardson Arts today!

Richardson Arts Groups
A page filled with useful links to different groups in Richardson.

Arts Commission Agendas
Agenda for the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission.

Arts Funding & Grants
The City of Richardson provides funding grants for local cultural arts. Arts Group Funding Grants are part of a group's yearly budget and support regular/ongoing productions. 

Please contact Assistant City Manager Shanna Sims-Bradish if you need any additional information at or at 972-744-4210.

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