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.
Board of Directors
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 having served as the Treasurer of AIR, David also served as Treasurer of The Contemporary Chorale and is currently Chairman of the Board, Richardson Arts Alliance. He is an alumnus of the Richardson Chamber’s highly touted Leadership Richardson program Class XXXII.
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.
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 previously worked as a school librarian for the Richardson Independent School District.
Susan Morrow, APR, brings 25+ years of experience in reputation management and communications strategic activities. She has owned her own firm, Morrow & Associates Reputation Management in Richardson and currently resides there. As a steward in the community, Susan served on the marketing committee five years for the Tech Titan Awards, sponsored by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce’s Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC); and served on the local board of directors for Richardson’s North Texas office of Junior Achievement, was a member of its executive committee, chaired the Awareness Committee, and continues to serve as a volunteer teacher for the organization. Susan is an advocate for missing children and wrote a book, published in 2014, “Unbreak My Heart: Meeting My Children as Strangers.”
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.
Laura is an experienced residential architect and interior designer, having owned her own architecture firm in Dallas since 2008. Her love of art and of making creative things began at a young age and continues to give new opportunities for inspiration in her career. Laura has lived in Richardson since 2003 and she and her husband are raising their two sons here. She is active in the RISD schools, including helping teach STEAM classes and speaking at career days. Laura is an active board member with The Dallas Woman’s Forum. She has served on and lead committees in design industry organizations and has spoken at a number of local and state conferences. Laura has been recognized professionally by D Magazine, The Dallas Business Journal, and the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. When she is not meeting with her clients or driving kids to soccer practice, Laura co-hosts the podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour.
Former gallery owner in the Dallas Design District and art consultant
Dr. Gene Batiste
Consultant to independent schools, non-profits & corporations, Washington, DC
VP – Bank Manager, ViewPoint Bank
Partner/Shareholder, ChristiansenDavis, LLC
Dr. Dallie Clark
Professor of Humanities, Collin College, Plano, TX; Writer and Poet
Visual artist, graphic illustrator, Richardson, TX
Owner and COO, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW
Assistant Director of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture
Immediate Past President, ARTS Incubator of Richardson (AIR)
Financial advisor and former marketing director, Neiman-Marcus
Visual artist, web designer, and arts blogger, Richardson, TX
Dr. Dennis Kratz
Founding Director of the Center for Asian Studies, former Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas
Managing Director, Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson, TX
President of Texas Jewish Arts Association
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
Chief Technology Officer, Orchatect
Chief External Affairs Officer, North Texas Food Bank
Business Development, SunWest Communications / PR