AIR’s mission is to provide the Richardson community with a facility and resources for nurturing artists and innovative thinkers; and igniting a spirit of creativity that permeates our entire community.
AIR (Arts Incubator of Richardson) is a 501c3 nonprofit in Richardson, Texas.
Once a community has been exposed to this artistic synergy, the good that can be wrought is beyond measure. It infuses every fiber of our lives with creativity and ardor – our schools, our businesses, our charities, our homes… our hearts.
Arts groups, individual artists and corporations use the center as a home for inspiration—whether teaching, rehearsing, exhibiting or problem-solving, with a creative twist. AIR’s practical side offers space for rehearsals, classes and conducting business.
AIR is a center of activity, innovation and collaboration. Simply by virtue of being housed in a single space, collaboration will be a focus as the center’s users rehearse, perform, create, exhibit, meet and hold workshops and classes—all under the same roof.
While AIR is seeking a permanent home, we continue to put our best foot forward and live our mission through presenting and development of a variety of arts opportunities.
Involvement in the arts is a lifelong passion for Kitty. A native Dallasite, she has been on all sides of the arts – student, performer, teacher, patron and leader – and is a strong believer in the positive impact of the arts. Having served the arts in a variety of capacities ranging from nonprofit leadership to Chair of the City of Richardson Cultural Arts Commission, Kitty was most enthusiastic to be a part of the board as AIR becomes a resource to the greater creative community. Passions beyond AIR include travel, enjoying craft beers, trivia, and networking.
Marlys has been a resident of Richardson since 1980. She is a retired design drafter, sang for 17 years as a member of the award-winning Rich-Tone Chorus. She is serving on the boards of the Richardson Arts Alliance – Membership, Arts Incubator of Richardson – Secretary, and her condominium association – Secretary. Active in her church, she serves on several committees, and is past President of the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Retirees’ Association. She has a BA in Visual Arts from UTD, and has been a freelance artist. Her hobbies include needlework, reading and art. Creating a home for the arts community in Richardson is her dream and goal, driving her to help found AIR.
David has lived and/or worked in Richardson since 1975. His primary work has included a private practice as a psychotherapist and serving as a Financial Advisor (currently). While he has always been interested in the arts, David recently became more active, performing since 2009 with the Richardson-based Contemporary Chorale. His interest has expanded to include a desire to support all the arts within Richardson. In addition to serving as the Treasurer of AIR, David also serves as Treasurer of The Contemporary Chorale and is the incoming President of the Richardson Arts Alliance. He has also applied to be part of the Richardson Chamber’s highly touted Leadership Richardson program Class XXXII beginning Fall 2016.
Janet is a longtime Richardson resident with a special passion for the city. She’s very active in the community, serving as a Commissioner on the Richardson City Plan Commission, as President of her neighborhood association, as well as serving on various committees and focus groups throughout the years. One of her favorites – the Heights Park Playground re-imagining along with the beautiful art installation at the Heights Recreation Center. With a visual arts degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, she has a special place in her heart for all things art and artist-related. In her free time (what there is of it), she likes to read, travel and paint.
Grant Writing Director
Pat has been involved with the arts as a producer, lighting designer, company manager and Equity stage manager. A former President of the Richardson Arts Alliance, she has also worked with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Tuzer Ballet, and Chamber Music International since moving to Texas in 2001. An enthusiastic supporter of the Cottonwood Arts Festival, Pat and her husband Bill have filled their home with art purchased there. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, studied at the Center for Entrepreneurship at Wichita State, and has a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. She currently works for the Richardson Independent School District.
Timla has always had an affinity for the arts, both in doing and observing. She is continually drawn to creatives and loves to be involved with anything artistic, especially visual. Her love of art comes out in various ways such as her hand-painted and custom ceramic plate company called Painted Piggies which had a devoted following to her latest venture using beautiful Italian fabrics to design personalized wardrobes for her clients. One of her favorite artistic outlets is gourmet cooking where every dish starts as a blank canvas. Other favorite interests include tennis, reading and wine.
Tom has been a Richardson resident since 1983, and is a native Dallasite. He came to the Richardson art scene by marriage – his wife is Richardson glass and sculpture artist Nan Phillips. A graduate of Leadership Richardson, Mr. Phillips has focused on AIR, where he has served on the Board almost since its creation. With an MBA in finance, he concentrates on the business issues confronting the organization. Having worked for two companies headquartered in Richardson, he is currently a manager and corporate secretary of nFLXn Point Group, LLC.
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Brett is legal counsel to the AIR Executive Board of Directors and to the AIR organization. He is a long-time supporter of Richardson and has a heart for the arts. Selecting Arts Incubator of Richardson as his passion and contribution to the community, he has served as counsel since 2010. He completed his undergraduate studies at Baylor University in Accounting and completed his Juris Doctorate degree from Texas A&M University School of Law. Brett is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, Collin County Bar Association and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Dr. Gene Batiste
Consultant to independent schools, non-profits & corporations, Washington, DC
VP – Bank Manager, ViewPoint Bank
Rev. Bill Cavanaugh
Rector, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Richardson, TX
Dr. Dallie Clark
Professor of Humanities, Collin College, Plano, TX; Writer and Poet
Visual artist, graphic illustrator, Richardson, TX
Visual artist, web designer, and arts blogger, Richardson, TX
Dr. Dennis Kratz
Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas
Managing Director, Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson, TX
Artist and arts advocate, Nashville, TN
Sculptor and glass artist; past President of Texas Sculpture Association, Richardson, TX
Former Executive Director of NTBCA (North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts) now known as Business Council for the Arts, Dallas, TX
Media & Events Director, Dallas Arts District
Past President of AIR
Asst. Dean, Development & Alumni Relations, UT Dallas; Publisher, Richardson Living, Richardson, TX
Business Development, Sunwest Communications / PR