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Richardson Cultural Arts Commission

The Cultural Arts Commission serves an advisory board to the City Council involving the promotion of the arts in Richardson. The Cultural Arts Commission is responsible for:

  • Providing and assisting in the development of the arts by providing a biennial “state of the arts” assessment to the City Council;
  • Making recommendations to the City Council relative to expenditure of city funds for promotion and sustaining of the arts;
  • Serving as a review board for the funding of proposed programs within the community from the hotel/motel occupancy tax;
  • Making recommendations to the City Council relative to expenditure of city funds for historical preservations and/or restoration from the hotel/motel occupancy tax;
  • Reviewing the annual public art work plan and reviewing and recommending public art concept proposals to the City Council.

Commission Members:

  • Catherine Burdette, Chair
  • Kimberly Quirk, Vice-Chair
  • Elizabeth Gonzalez
  • Sandy Palisch
  • Anthony Pampillonia
  • Amy Taylor
  • Kevin Todora


Meetings occur at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at the Richardson City Hall, City Manager’s Conference Room, 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 75080. Agendas are available prior to each meeting.

Staff Liaison:

Shanna Sims-Bradish, Assistant City Manager, serves as staff liaison to the Cultural Arts Commission. You can contact Shanna at 972-744-4210 or at

Photo of public art at Heights Recreation Center spacer image 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 Website

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  

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Public Artwalk Richardson

Public ArtWalk Richardson is a 2.8 mile walk that provides opportunities for those walking to discover public art works by notable Texas artists including Jim Cinquemani, Joseph Havel and Tom Orr and others. Green spaces and parks include Spring Creek Trail and Galatyn Woodland Preserve. The Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts anchors the south end of the walk, with shops and restaurants at City Line providing the northernmost point. Please click here to view a map of Public ArtWalk Richardson.

Public Artwalk
Richardson Map


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.