Kaleidoscope Park to Undergo Nationwide Search for Executive Director
FRISCO, Texas – The Frisco, Texas-based Kaleidoscope Park Foundation has announced a nationwide search for a dynamic leader to serve as the park’s new executive director, leading the world-class destination into the future. The search is being led by the foundation’s board of directors, chaired by the Hon. Florence Shapiro, a long-time Collin County resident and former Texas senator, with the assistance of Communities Foundation of Texas.
Dr. Scott Stewart, the inaugural executive director of the Kaleidoscope Park Foundation, has announced his resignation effective Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024. Stewart is returning to his home state of Illinois for personal reasons.
“We are saddened to see Dr. Stewart depart the Kaleidoscope Park project,” Shapiro said. “His leadership and extensive experience were instrumental in shaping the Park’s design and programming elements and establishing operations for the new foundation. We feel well prepared to continue this positive trajectory toward the Park’s opening this summer.”
During the search for a new executive director, both foundation operations and construction will continue with existing staff alongside the leadership of the Kaleidoscope Park Foundation board, Communities Foundation of Texas and HALL Group.
Kaleidoscope Park was made possible through a public-private partnership between HALL Group, Communities Foundation of Texas and the City of Frisco. This partnership provides the synergies required to develop such a unique asset and destination and is part of a larger redevelopment of HALL Park’s 162-acre campus which includes The Monarch HALL Park residences, HALL Park Hotel, The Tower at HALL Park office tower and a new park side eatery.
“Frisco is proud to be home to Kaleidoscope Park, and to share our community’s commitment to the arts with North Texas,” said Wes Pierson, city manager for the City of Frisco. “Kaleidoscope Park will be a premier gathering place for people to celebrate the arts in unique, personal and meaningful ways.”
Once open, the Park will be home to free, year-round public programming that will reflect the diverse and unique character of North Texas, including concerts, films, diverse musical and dance performances, and a variety of health and recreational activities. The Park will also feature public art, architecture and gardens, a children’s play area, dog park, performance lawns, technology terraces, shaded promenades and plazas.
The nearly six-acre Kaleidoscope Park is located near the intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and Warren Parkway, and in neighboring distance to The Star, Stonebriar Centre, Legacy West, The Shops at Legacy, The Boardwalk and Granite Park, and is destined to be a landmark enjoyed by all of North Texas.
Kaleidoscope Park Foundation’s current Board of Directors is comprised of seven dedicated and passionate community leaders. In addition to Shapiro, board members include Dave Scullin, Communities Foundation of Texas’s past president and CEO; Elizabeth Bull, retired former chief financial officer at Communities Foundation of Texas; Kymberley Scalia, senior vice president of marketing for HALL Group; Kim Butler, executive vice president for HALL Group; Scott Boxer, who serves on the board of directors for EnTouch Controls; and Wes Pierson, Frisco city manager.
ABOUT KALEIDOSCOPE PARK
Kaleidoscope Park is a dynamic, innovative arts and culture destination for North Texas currently under construction. The Park will be home to free, year-round public programming, including films, diverse musical and dance performances, and a variety of health and recreational activities. The Park will feature monumental works of public art, architecture, and gardens set among a children’s play area, dog park, performance lawn, outdoor workspaces, and shaded promenades and plazas. Learn more at kaleidoscopepark.org.
ABOUT THE KALEIDOSCOPE PARK FOUNDATION
Kaleidoscope Park Foundation is a nonprofit public-private partnership between Communities Foundation of Texas and the City of Frisco. The Foundation’s mission is to thoughtfully engage the diverse and rapidly growing communities of North Texas through free public arts and culture programming that is genuine, inclusive, and accessible. Operating as a Foundation supported by private donations, financial support for development, operations, and programming is always welcome.
ABOUT COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION OF TEXAS
The mission of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) is to improve the lives of all people in our community by investing in their health, wealth, living, and learning. CFT works to accomplish this by growing community giving, expanding community impact, and advancing community equity. With a vision of building thriving communities for all, CFT works locally and across the state with many individuals, families, companies, foundations, and nonprofits through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking initiatives. CFT professionally manages more than 1,300 charitable funds and has awarded more than $2.5 billion in grants since its founding in 1953.
CFT is committed to serving and understanding donor needs, expertly handling complex gifts, wisely managing charitable funds, and leveraging its community knowledge to increase charitable impact, in addition to powering several initiatives including the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at CFT, CFT for Business, Educate Texas at CFT, Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy at CFT, GiveWisely, and CFT’s North Texas Giving Day. CFT’s North Texas Giving Day raised $64 million on a single day in 2023 to help over 3,250 North Texas nonprofits. Learn more at www.CFTexas.org.
ABOUT HALL GROUP
HALL Group is a Dallas based, multibillion dollar, private company made up of a diverse group of subsidiaries spanning real estate, finance, winemaking, and venture capital. Founded in 1968, the company focuses on four key areas: development and ownership of office, multifamily and hospitality real estate assets including HALL Park, a 162-acre, mixed-use development in Frisco, Texas with a masterplan underway that, when complete, will include 10 million square feet of commercial assets; HALL Structured Finance, a national commercial real estate construction and bridge loan lender, primarily in the hotel and multifamily sectors; HALL Family Wines, a producer of high-quality California wines that includes the HALL, WALT and BACA brands; and angel- and seed-round funding for select venture capital investments. HALL Group also owns the HALL Collection, an immense compilation of local and international artwork on display throughout the company’s properties. For more information, visit Hallgroup.com.
ABOUT HALL PARK
A pioneering development in Frisco since the mid-1990s, HALL Park today encompasses 2.2 million square feet of office space throughout 15 completed buildings. One-third of the park is dedicated to green space and includes three miles of walking trails, over 200 works of art including the Texas Sculpture Garden, the largest private collection of contemporary Texas sculpture made available to the public. In October 2021, its developer, HALL Group, commenced construction on the first phase of its new masterplan development that will evolve HALL Park into a dynamic mixed-use community. Upon completion, the full masterplan–anticipated to span 20 years of development–will encompass approximately 9.5 million square feet of usable mixed-use space with a projected value of around $7 billion. Learn more at hallpark.com.