The Richardson Arts Alliance was formed in 1986 as the Richardson Arts and Historical Association at the request of the Richardson Arts Commission as an umbrella organization of local arts groups. In 1987, the group formalized its nonprofit status and became the Richardson Arts Association. 1997 saw another name change to Richardson Arts Council along with bylaw revisions to add individuals as members at large. The recent change to Richardson Arts Alliance (RAA) was made to alleviate confusion with the City's Richardson Arts Commission. RAA was very involved in the initial discussions and plans to build a performing arts facility in the area which culminated in the September 2002 opening of the Charles W. Eisemann Center.
The Richardson Arts Alliance provides support and communication with the generous contribution of its member groups. RAA has an active role in a number of the member groups who perform at the Eisemann Center. Proceeds from the annual Hearts of the Arts Gala goes to further the mission and programs of the Richardson Arts Alliance.
Members receive notices to special events and collaborate to promote the member arts groups. We are members of the Chamber of Commerce and extend membership privileges to RAA member groups.
Scholarship and grant opportunities are available to support and promote the arts in Richardson.
Members of the RAA can assist the city with many community events. The Cottonwood Art Festival and Wildflower! Art and Music Festival are just two of events where you can volunteer.