MAKING ART HISTORY
1981 – Present
Celebrating 35 years!
400 Exhibitions to date
Innovation: JumpStart for Art
Plano's historical landmark Saigling House is where our future resides and includes a state-of-the art gallery and special event space.
Founded in 1981 as the Cultural Arts Council of Plano, a private non-profit organization to promote the growth and development of emerging community arts groups.
In 1982, JMB Management Company donated 1,400 square feet of space in Collin Creek Mall to house CACOP's Plano Cultural Arts Center. For the next ten years, CACOP provided quality arts programming for the community in this location. Due to expansion plans for Collin Creek Mall, it became necessary for CACOP to relocate.
July 12, 1991, the CACOP purchased the old Harrington Furniture Store, a 100-year-old landmark at 1039 E. 15th Street in historic downtown Plano.
This two-building property was renovated into a vibrant community arts center for Plano. City of Plano also announced its comprehensive long-term plan to revitalize the historic downtown and echoed the need “to establish the downtown area as a center for local arts and cultural activities.”
In 2010, the ArtCentre rented 901 18th Street after selling its building on 15th Street to Bedrock Building, LLP. After five years of serving the arts needs of Plano and surrounding areas, the board determined that it was time to find a permanent home.
On August 1, 2015, our offices moved to the Cox Building at 1517 H. Avenue temporarily until Saigling House is ready for us to create history once again. The City of Plano, a partner with the ArtCentre in the project, has begun renovations to transform this historic house into a premier arts and community events center providing an affordable venue for local arts groups and community organizations and a location for artists and students to meet, exhibit and grow in a culturally rich environment. As well, the ArtCentre will continue to offer the entire Plano community unique and creative art exhibitions of the highest quality with educational components for cultural growth and inspiration.
With your financial support, the ArtCentre of Plano will be able to extend its legacy and remain a benefactor for the arts and culture in Plano and North Texas. To partner with the City of Plano in the transformation of the Saigling House and the establishment of the Downtown Arts District, the Board of Directors has committed to raising $1,000,000 for finish out and continued programming. The AT&T Foundation has committed $250,000 for educational programs and the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee members have contributed over $100,000. The ArtCentre has embarked on a five-year capital campaign that will only be successful with the support of arts supporters like you.