Business Council for the Arts (BCA) has begun serving local communities by launching the first Leadership Arts Institute (LAI) in Collin and Denton counties to develop the next generation of business leaders for the arts in North Texas, a project made possible by a recent grant from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation.

With 27 years of experience in Dallas County and more than 1,000 graduates in the Leadership Arts network, the program provides training in leadership, nonprofit board best practices and knowledge about issues affecting cultural organizations in North Texas.

The inaugural LAI Class of 2016 in Collin and Denton counties includes business and academic professionals, arts leaders and local artists who live or work in Plano, Richardson, Frisco, McKinney, Denton and beyond.

Classes meet at various arts venues such as Plano Children’s Theatre and McKinney Performing Arts Center, as well as businesses who are in support of the arts such as Hall Financial Group and Capital One. The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas are also meeting places for the classes.

Business Council for the Arts (BCA)

BCA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 as an initiative of the Dallas Citizen’s Council by Raymond D. Nasher and other local business leaders to create business/arts partnerships leading to an enhanced quality of life and economic growth for the region. For 28 years, BCA has developed business leaders for nonprofit arts and cultural boards of directors, fostered employee engagement and creativity through the arts and guided strategic business support for the arts—all while measuring the economic impact of arts and culture in North Texas.

Plano, Texas, is the largest city in Collin County with a population of 271,140 as of January 2015. Incorporated in 1873, the city is located 20 miles north of Dallas. Plano was recently named the third...