Frisco Arts and Culture Plan and Council
In January 2023, Frisco Town Council adopted the Frisco Five-Year Arts and Culture Strategic Plan and the creation of a seven member Frisco Arts and Culture Council (FACC), which was recommended by the Arts and Culture Strategic Plan.
The plan expresses the vision for arts and culture in Frisco: We are connected to each other through the art we see, hear, and experience and the culture we create together. Frisco is a community with opportunities for art and artists to thrive. The Town of Frisco will fund, initiate, and support projects; build partnerships; provide spaces; and create programs that foster creativity. To achieve those goals, the Town of Frisco is creating the FACC.
The FACC is intended to bring together a group of people with divergent experiences and specialties, including creatives; historians; arts administrators; not-for-profit managers; business owners; residents-at-large; advocates for the role of the arts in the local economy; advocates for a vibrant Main Street, Marina, and Frisco Peninsula; and members of MakeFrisco. The FACC members should be prepared to provide vision, leadership, open mindedness, creativity, curiosity, a cooperative and inclusive mindset, and active participation in implementing Frisco’s Arts and Culture Strategic Plan.
FACC Council Members
On May 9, 2023, Frisco Town Council appointed seven members and once Town Council liaison to the inaugural Frisco Arts and Culture Council.
- Daymon Pascual- three-year term- Frisco resident and business owner (appointed to first term on May 9, 2023)
- Megan Testin (Vice-Chair)- three-year term- Frisco resident (appointed to first term on May 9, 2023)
- Jamie Callahan- three-year term- Frisco resident (appointed to vacant three-year term on September 12, 2023 and will serve out the rest of the three year term until May 9, 2026)
- Melissa Sherburne (Chair)- two-year term- Frisco resident (appointed to first term on May 9, 2023)
- Todd Altschuler- two-year term- Frisco resident and business owner (appointed to first term on May 9, 2023)
- Alison Lindsey- one-year term- Frisco resident (appointed to first term on May 9, 2023)
- Diane Harty Schlaefer- one-year term- Frisco business owner (appointed to vacant one year term on September 12, 2023 and will serve out one year term until May 9, 2024)
- Andy Held- Town Council Member and FACC liaison (appointed to first term on May 9, 2023)
FACC Council Member Requirements and Terms
- There are seven FACC members appointed by Town Council.
- At least, five FACC members shall be residents of the Town of Frisco or owners of a business with a valid business license with the Town of Frisco. Two members of FACC may be appointed without regard to their status as residents or business owners in Frisco.
- Town Council may appoint one Town Council member as a liaison to the FACC with voting rights; this is not a requirement. Frisco Town Councilmember Andy Held is currently the Town Council liaison.
- FACC members shall serve three year terms but the terms of each of the initial members of the FACC shall be staggered as follows in order to ensure that no more than three members’ terms expire in any one year, and to ensure ample opportunity for diverse individuals to serve as a member of the FACC: initially three members shall be appointed for a term of three years, two members shall be appointed to serve a term of two years, and two members shall be appointed to serve for one year.
- FACC members to serve no more than nine years but may be considered for additional terms when a break of 365 days or more is taken between terms.
FACC Roles and Process
- The Town of Frisco anticipates that the FACC will meet at least once monthly for two hours. Any member of the FACC who fails to attend three consecutive regular meetings of the FACC or who misses one-half or more of the regular meetings in any twelve-month period may be removed from the FACC unless the Town Council finds unusual circumstances justifying the absences.
- The Town of Frisco staff, in consultation with the FACC, should be empowered to make decisions regarding public art acquisitions within the proposed yearly budget ($75,000 in 2023) and Town purchasing rules. However, for the acquisition of more significant pieces of art, there should be a rigorous, transparent process in which the Town develops a specific request for qualification, carefully examines the responses, and moves through a series of proposals (becoming more and more refined at each step in the process) that provide the detail necessary for the FACC review and for the Town to make a final purchase. It is possible that more significant purchases, made within the art and culture budget, may first be brought to Town Council for review and approval when deemed advisable.
- FACC decisions will be made by consensus to the extent possible. Consensus means the group is wholly in agreement. Although an agreement may not necessarily represent any one member’s ideal resolution, it can be characterized as a decision that all participants can live with and do not oppose. If consensus cannot be reached, the FACC will outline majority and minority views for consideration by the Town Council when requested or needed.
- The FACC will be supported by two Town staff members who are non-voting and will act as resources and conduits between the FACC, other Town staff, and Town Council. Town staff will arrange for meeting locations, distribute the agenda, provide a written draft meeting summary for approval by the FACC, and allocate Town resources as available.
Applying to be on the FACC
- FACC members are selected and appointed by Frisco Town Council through an application and interview process. We encourage all applicants to review the Frisco Five-Year Arts and Culture Strategic Plan and the member roles and FACC process before applying.
- The FACC application is currently closed.