Director's Column

Amy RosenthalMcKinney Performing Arts Center and Main Street Director Amy Rosenthal

McKinney Courier Gazette, June 24, 2018


McKinney’s historic downtown square has become a renowned destination for visitors from throughout Texas and our surrounding states. Our hometown jewel we prize so dearly is unique not only to our community but across the country. We believe it is worthy of special distinction. 


Cultural District Designation

Currently, plans are underway to have Historic Downtown McKinney designated as a Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA). The proposed boundaries for the McKinney cultural district include our beautiful downtown square with its courthouse performing arts center, niche boutiques, artist studios, the Comedy Arena, various museums and so much more. 


From the spectacular events such as Arts in Bloom and Oktoberfest, the plethora of tours such as ghost, food, art and historical home tours, the planned Cultural District surrounds attractions appealing to locals and visitors of various ages and interests. The Cultural District designation will recognize downtown McKinney as the powerful economic development asset it is and the thriving creative community that continues to be cultivated here.


McKinney Performing Arts Center

At the center of our square is our beautiful McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC). Home to live entertainment including off-Broadway shows, comedy, theater and concerts, MPAC is dedicated to providing the community a unique and professional venue in which cultural, artistic and educational programs are nurtured and supported. 


New Curtain Campaign

MPAC is accepting donations to raise funds to purchase a new curtain to replace the worn out curtain currently in the Courtroom Theater. Considered to be one of North Texas’ best listening rooms, the Courtroom Theater’s intimate crowd capacity and superior acoustics provide for a one-of-a-kind concert experience. The Raise the Curtain campaign will help us maintain the superior acoustics we’re known for. The goal is to raise $10,000 beginning July 1 through Aug. 31. Please visit The Curtain Campaign page for information on how to donate.


Summer Concert Series

In the midst of the fundraising campaign, our annual Summer Concert Series continues with a diverse lineup of musical acts. On July 21, Asleep at the Wheel warms the stage. Based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. On Aug. 25, multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress and nine-time Austin Music Award winner, Gina Chavez, will perform a passionate collection of bilingual songs and take the audience on a journey through the Americas.


For more information about the shows, ticketing and other performances taking place this summer, visit the McKinney Performing Arts Center website.