Being accepted into the Business Council for the Arts’ (BCA) prestigious Leadership training is an honor for all eight new students. Parks & Recreation’s Marketing Specialist Amy Pagan is very excited about her invitation. The BCA was founded by Raymond Nasher and other Dallas leaders in the late 80s to develop the next generation of business and arts leaders invested in supporting the arts in North Texas.
The Leadership Arts Institute Class searches each year to include a diverse cross-section of emerging leaders who are cultural and civic-minded. Participation is limited to individuals from Collin and Denton Counties. Katherine Wagner, BCA CEO recently said "Now, more than ever, arts nonprofits need innovative and informed board leaders from our business community."
The 9-month program has begun virtually due to the pandemic, but will move to in-person classes once safety can be assured. Class sessions are filled with:
As a marketing specialist, Amy shows a wide range of experience as lead on several large public events in Plano:
Amy is also an accomplished artist and writer. Social media followers will recognize her as the voice behind Plano Arts & Events Free Online Art Class, which has drawn more than 120,000 students from across the globe. She is also the creator of other new local initiatives, including a Local Artist Spotlight, Community Virtual Art Exhibits, Plano’s July 4th Lawn Decorating Contest, Plano’s Halloween Decorating Contest and the quirky Plano Phantom ad campaign.
Graduates of this course have been matched to more than 170 nonprofit boards of directors in North Texas, across the U.S. and internationally.
“There is so much beauty and talent within the city of Plano,” says Amy. “I’m both excited and honored to have such a unique opportunity to raise awareness of our city, and to find new ways to bring our community together.”