ArtCentre has been bolstering up and preparing for relaxed restrictions with regard to COVID-19 and their newest getup is an exhibit that features art students from Plano ISD according to a Star Local Media article from March 28. They say,
“For more than 15 years, the ArtCentre of Plano has partnered with Plano ISD to allow senior advanced placement art students to hang one example of their art in an exhibition with their peers. Students from Plano Sr. High School, Plano East Sr. High School and Plano West Sr. High School will exhibit works in all mediums.
According to Laura Grundler, Plano ISD’s visual arts coordinator, “The students eagerly look forward to this milestone of their high school career. It is an opportunity for the students to demonstrate what they have learned as well as to salute the incredible art teachers who have inspired and instructed them.”
The ArtCentre’s Executive Director Suzy Jones, says, “This exhibition is always one of the public’s favorites. These students are extremely talented and creative and have worked diligently to enhance their artistic skills. Visitors will be amazed by the variety of the artworks and the artistic brilliance they display.”
The present exhibit is only a part of a program that composes multiple exhibits and programs all designed to make a successful comeback from the lockdown from 2 years ago according to a Plano Magazine article from March 8. They say,
“We realized that the most important thing was to find a way to be relevant and stay relevant in the community,” she says.
“We did that so that people didn’t feel like we were just gone,” she says. “We didn’t want to disappear. Music, art and performances were going to be even more important after an absence.”
After a few months, the gallery re-opened on a limited basis. Still, revenue from events came to a halt due to gathering restrictions and the public’s general wariness of going out. Despite the challenges, the Centre managed to make ends meet with the help of PPP loans, donor support,and support from the city.
In addition to exhibits, the ArtCentre hosts events, including many weddings in its outdoor gazebo. The Centre also offers educational opportunities, including a summer program for underserved kids.”
ArtCentre Plano partners with different Texan artists and communities around Texas. But they also partnered with companies such as Toyota which paved the way for a dream car contest. Just recently, ArtCentre also celebrated Black History Month.