Coppell’s newest foundation will aid in fundraising for the Coppell Arts Center ahead of the facility’s opening in May.

The Coppell City Council approved the formation of the Coppell Arts, Cultural & Heritage Foundation at its Dec. 10 meeting.

The foundation will be responsible for soliciting and receiving funds to be used for programming at the Coppell Arts Center, Director of Parks and Recreation Brad Reid said in a letter to council.

Alex Hargis, managing director of the Coppell Arts Center, said a foundation board will be formed, and it will comprise about 12 members.

“The purpose of the board really is to have three goals,” Harris said at the Dec. 10 meeting. “[It] is to provide advancement opportunities for local artists, is to ensure that we are bringing in diverse programming for our citizens, and then it is to provide arts education and outreach."

Because the foundation will be a city organization, Hargis will serve as the foundation's director, and a treasurer will be selected from the city’s finance department, he said.

The arts center has already received about $322,000 in combined cash and in-kind donations, Hargis said.

The center will centrally house five of the city’s arts organizations. It will also include a main hall, a black box theater and a reception hall, and it will cater to a variety of events, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.