Plano ISD receives $500,000 gift for its new fine arts center

The Robinson Fine Arts Center is expected to open in the spring. (Courtesy Plano ISD)
The Robinson Fine Arts Center is expected to open in the spring. (Courtesy Plano ISD)

The Robinson Fine Arts Center is expected to open in the spring. (Courtesy Plano ISD)

Plano ISD has received a $500,000 gift for the forthcoming Robinson Fine Arts Center, Jamee Jolly, senior executive director of the Plano ISD Education Foundation, announced at a Nov. 4 PISD board meeting.

The money was donated by the center’s namesakes, the late George “Robbie” Robinson and his late wife Lynore Robinson. The gift was George’s last donation before his death in October.

“Undoubtedly, he leaves a lasting legacy that throughout his lifetime touched hundreds and perhaps thousands of lives worldwide and, in particular, many here in our community,” Superintendent Sara Bonser said. "The school district is honored that someone of his character, extraordinary accomplishments and storied lifetime will carry the name of our district’s new fine arts center, and we are wholeheartedly appreciative that in his final wishes he thought of our local students and community.”

The couple were longtime Collin County residents and supporters of the arts, Jolly said. The board voted in June to name the facility after the Robinsons.

The Plano ISD Education Foundation has pledged $150,000 a year to the 82,200-square-foot center’s operational costs in honor of George Robinson, according to a Nov. 4 press release.

The Robinson Fine Arts Center, located at 1900 Alma Drive, Plano, is expected to open this spring.
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


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