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Greetings!

In December we reached out to you to support and donate to the Round Rock Foundation for the Arts and Entertainment in our campaign to build a Regional Performing Arts Center in Round Rock. We were overwhelmed with the response we received as we exceeded our goal and raised $60,000.

Our dream is to invigorate the cultural landscape of our community by building a world-class professional performing arts venue in Round Rock. Imagine having the opportunity to enjoy Broadway Musicals, Pop, Comedy, Dance, Country, Opera, R&B, Theater, Jazz, Symphony, and more in Round Rock.

The RRFAE Board of Directors has been busy working toward our 2017 goals.
  • Economic Impact Study:  In partnership with the City of Round Rock, hired the Perryman Group to do an important study of the economic and fiscal benefits of a Performing Arts Center. We are excited that the city recognizes the economic value of a future performing arts center.
  • Marketing: We determined that there must be an awareness of this project throughout Williamson County and North Austin, and we are about to launch a PR campaign to help us develop and promote our story. You are the first to know!
  • Board Development: We realize the importance of not only a strong Board of Directors, but also advisers to help us reach our building goal.
In 2017 we have added these valuable members to our board of directors:
  • John Garrett, founder and CEO of Community Impact Newspaper
  • David Hays, owner of Georgetown Title and former Williamson County Commissioner
  • Joe Vining, owner of Vining & Associates, and former senior vice-president of the Round Rock Economic Development Partnership
  • Read more about our wonderful board here.
Regional Advisers to serve individually as advisers and fundraisers include:
  • Denise Bradley, VP Communications & Community Affairs at St. David's Healthcare
  • Elizabeth Christian, founder and CEO of Elizabeth Christian Public Relations
  • Jim Mills, Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown businessman
  • LaVon Mills, prominent supporter of the arts in Williamson County
  • Cookie Ruiz, executive director of Austin Ballet

Site Location Exploration:

  • We have identified several possible locations and are evaluating each site with the goal of land being gifted to RRFAE in 2017. 

Fundraising:

  • Join Us for a Benefit Restaurant Opening at PS35 on May 20th: We are thrilled to partner with Round Rock's newest and coolest pizza and boogie restaurant on Saturday evening, May 20th! PS35 is located on IH-35 between 3406 and 79. Stay tuned for RSVP information and plan to join us for a fun and profitable evening for RRFAE! Learn more about PS35 here
  • Grant writer: A summer goal is to hire a grant writer. The board has also identified the need to hire a director soon. 
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The Arts are Alive and Well in Central Texas!
SMU's  National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) has released its third annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city. The Austin-Round Rock Metro Area has ranked #17 on the list of top 20 most arts vibrant large communities (population over 1 million). The overall index is composed of three dimensions: supply, demand and government support. Supply is assessed by the total number of arts providers in the community, including the number of arts and culture organizations and employees, independent artists, and entertainment firms. Demand is gauged by the total nonprofit arts dollars in the community, including program revenue, contributed revenue, total expenses and total compensation. Lastly, the level of government support is based on state arts dollars and grants and federal arts dollars and grants. Learn more  here

It has been a very busy few months. We promise to keep you informed every step of the way of this exciting journey. Thank you for your continued support!

Our dream is to invigorate the cultural landscape of our community by building a world-class professional performing arts venue in Round Rock. Can you imagine having the opportunity to enjoy Broadway Musicals, Pop, Comedy, Dance, Country, Opera, R&B, Theater, Jazz, Symphony, and more in Round Rock? We can't just keep dreaming . . . we must take action today!

With your support, this dream will become a reality! A gift of any size puts us one step closer to bringing a world-class professional performing arts venue to Williamson County. Will you consider giving $100, $250, $500 or more today?
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On behalf of 2017 Board of Directors, thank you for supporting the arts!
David Brevell
Diane Fulmer, CPA
John Garrett
David Hays
Rufus Honeycutt
Cathy Kincaid, Chair
Bethany Leffingwell
Judy McLeod
Heather Michel Riddle
Lisa Roebuck
Lori Scott
Joe Vining
Kristine Warren
Scot Wilkinson, ex officio
Mission:  The mission of the Round Rock Foundation for the Arts and Entertainment, in partnership with the regional community, is to secure funding to build a performing arts and entertainment center in Round Rock and be the financial catalyst to support professional and regional arts groups in the sustainability of the programming, funding and community participation.

Vision:  The vision of the Round Rock Foundation for the Arts and Entertainment is a community with professional arts venues that advance, celebrate and promote the arts and entertainment in the region for economic vitality and enhanced quality of life.