What If?

What if we could mix the spirit of imagination into the air of community life?

What if the stimulating and generative effects of art, creativity and innovation could infuse the very air we  breathe?

What if a group was born to ensure this mix?

AIR4arts Was Spawned by AIR

For twelve years, the Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR), focused on obtaining a facility for artist studios, music and theater rehearsals and meetings.  While seeking funding, AIR created popular community programs such as Ricochet Richardson Arts and Music Festival, Pop-Up Art Shows, Storytelling Festival, and the AIRTime interview series. AIR activities were live events. COVID-19 rendered in-person events impossible. In order to survive, grow, and expand its reach, change was necessary.

As of March 2021, we are now AIR4arts.

Embracing the digital age, AIR4arts seeks to inspire and nurture the development of emerging artists and innovators. The organization offers a platform through which to share the fruits of creatives’ efforts with the community. AIR4arts serves as a greenhouse for creative endeavor, taking a spark of imagination, nurturing it and helping it resonate in the delight of possibility.

AIR4arts has established a virtual headquarters on Walkabout Workplace. Other new technologies and platforms are being explored. Programs which educate, mentor and honor creatives, arts and artists are being introduced.

Mission

AIR4arts’ mission is to provide a platform to nurture and celebrate artists and innovative thinkers through educational, inspirational and supportive programs and resources. Help creatives enhance their professional and entrepreneurial skills, allowing them to prosper in their fields.

Vision

Be an Invaluable Resource and Advocate for Creatives, Artists and Innovators

“…[The leadership of AIR4arts has] totally reworked the Board of Directors with truly passionate artisans who also happen to be incredibly driven, changed the direction from being a sporadic event-driven entity, completely rebranded and seriously upped the game and outreach to where it is today – on a very upward and widespread trajectory. Programming has not only changed to meet the times, it has also increased, along with the influence and additional outreach to solidify AIR4arts as a true artistic one-stop-shop for collaboration, inspiration and education.”

Kimberly A. Quirk
Richardson Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director, Leadership Richardson
City of Richardson
Vice-Chair, Cultural Arts Commission

Board of Directors

David Nethery

President

David has lived and/or worked in Richardson since 1974. He has been a financial advisor since 1991. Previously, over a span of 20 years, David served as a teacher, school counselor, psychologist and counselor in private practice. A graduate of Henderson State University majoring in English and history, he subsequently obtained a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from the University of North Texas.

The arts have always played an integral role in his life, even as a small child. Playing the piano, acting in plays, and reading numerous books gave wings to David’s spirit and ignited his imagination. Other artistic endeavors have included choirs, band and stage band.

Most recently, David began singing with The Contemporary Chorale in 2009. His support of the arts included serving as Treasurer of the Chorale; Treasurer of AIR; and President and Chairman of the Board of the Richardson Arts Alliance. David is an alumnus of the Leadership Richardson program, which helped to deepen his understanding and appreciation of how the community operates and intersects with the arts and business.

David believes, “While creativity must sometimes occur in isolation, it really is a community experience that is most impactful when shared. It is the symbiosis between the community supporting the creative and the creative enriching the community.”

Laura Davis

Laura Davis

Secretary

Laura Davis is an experienced residential architect and interior designer, having owned her own architecture firm in Dallas since 2008. Her love of art and of making creative things began at a young age and continues to give new opportunities for inspiration in her career.

Laura has lived in Richardson since 2003 and she and her husband are raising their two sons here. She is active in the RISD schools, including helping teach STEAM classes and speaking at career days. Laura is an active board member with The Dallas Woman’s Forum. She has served on and led committees in design industry organizations and has spoken at a number of local and state conferences. Laura has been recognized professionally by D Magazine, The Dallas Business Journal, and the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. When she is not meeting with her clients or driving kids to soccer practice, Laura co-hosts the podcast, The Architecture Happy Hour.

Tony Hurtado

Chair, Education Committee

Tony Hurtado is the Co-Founder, COO and CRO of AERnano, an IoT services company focused on reducing energy costs and carbon footprints for businesses. He has 35 years of experience in helping energy and telecommunications companies identify and pursue strategic marketing opportunities through an array of sales and marketing resources. Prior to founding AERnano, Tony worked in Ericsson’s strategic marketing group where he supported the North America region’s Systems, Cloud and IoT initiatives. Tony was one of the original employees at Masergy Communications and served on the management team with responsibilities for Marketing and Public Relations.

Tony holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah and is a Truman Scholar. Tony has served on the board of numerous non-profits in southern California, including the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts.

Timmy Newsome

Chair, Finance Committee

A member of four collegiate football hall of fames, Timmy Newsome, a former Dallas Cowboys football player, finished his career as the 9th-leading receiver in program history. He was named to the Dallas Cowboys Weekly Newspaper all-decade team.

Football off-seasons were spent working as a computer programmer/analyst in banking, voter registration, and elections systems. In 1991, Newsome founded Newtec Business Solutions (NBS), developing software for wholesale and distribution businesses. Today, NBS is a managed services technology company and provider of unified communications and collaboration products and services to the private and education sector.

Newsome currently serves on the Computer Science Industry Advisory Board for Winston-Salem State University’s Department of Computer Science; on the Board of Directors for Children at Risk and National Alliance on Mental Illness; and is chairman of North Texas Advisory Board. He earned a degree in business administration from Winston-Salem State University.

Brandon Call

Chair, Marketing Committee

Brandon J. Call is an editorial copy manager at Neiman Marcus Group on the internal creative services team. An award-winning business and data journalist, he previously served as an editor for D CEO Magazine and the Dallas Business Journal, as well as research director for Albuquerque Business First.

A graduate of The University of New Mexico, where he earned a degree in communications and journalism, Brandon has written for a variety of national business and lifestyle publications. His work has been honored by the International Regional Magazine Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the City and Regional Magazine Association, and the International Association of Business Communicators.

Brandon is a graduate of the Business Council for the Art’s Leadership Arts Institute class of 2019. His philanthropic passions include sustaining the arts, empowering entrepreneurs, and rescuing animals.

Angela Mia De la Vega

Chair, Program Committee

Angela Mia De la Vega is an award-winning bronze sculptor. She is renowned for creating elegant bronze figurative sculptures for international collectors, institutions, and corporations across the globe. She says her work is inspired by the ever-changing individuality of her children.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania and completing post-graduate studies at the University of Madrid, Spain, Angela is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society, a Master Signature member of American Women Artists, and was named a Living Master by the internationally prestigious ARC (Art Renewal Center).

Her public bronze installations are featured around the globe. Locally, you can visit Stonecreek Business Park in Frisco, Main Marketplace in Little Elm, CityLine in Dallas, or Hackberry Creek Park in Highland Park to view her extraordinary work.

Toni Portmann

Chair, Technology Committee

Toni Portmann is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Walkabout Workplace, a digital office that is changing the paradigm of remote work through a digital, virtual office.

With more than 35 years of leadership experience in board and executive management, Toni has spent her career in corporate leadership at technology centric companies. She brings a wealth of management skills with expertise in board leadership, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, process improvement and innovative sales solutions. Toni has served on public, private and non-profit boards in roles of chairman of the board as well as chair of nom/gov; compensation and strategic planning committees.

Toni speaks at industry conferences and executive MBA programs about her passion for women in business and her secrets of success surrounding leadership. She loves skiing, biking, enjoying her 6 grandchildren and her cat, Frank.

John Gallent

Director

As a licensed Realtor since 2013, John Gallent has helped many clients achieve their real estate goals. In addition to his real estate experience, John also draws from his background in media communications, promotions, and as a sales manager.

John is originally from Pineville, Louisiana, and holds a bachelor’s of arts in music with a minor in French from Louisiana State University, and a bachelor of arts in business administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

John fell in love with music at an early age and started playing the viola at 10.  He is an avid collector of vinyl records and plays with the music ministry at his church.  John also gives back to the community as a member of the Richardson CARES program, the Far North Dallas and Richardson Area MetroTex Association Committee, and as a volunteer at the Richardson Animal Shelter.  He can also be found out walking with his poodle, Blue.

Bradley (Brad) Lipton

Director

Bradley H. Lipton, CCIM is a director of business development for Mohr Partners, Inc. in the Dallas office. Brad has over 16 years of industry experience including marketing, leasing and tenant representation.

Brad has been an active member of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and was the tri-chair on the Richardson Chamber Signature Luncheon Committee for four years and was the lead chair for 2011 and 2012. Lipton is currently the tri-chair for the Richardson Chamber Bowling Tournament Committee from 2016-2020 (received Committee of the Year for 2016) and was a past board member to the Richardson Chamber of Commerce from 2013-2017. He also served on the board for Xceligent from 2014-2017 and was part of the Richardson Real Estate Advisory Board for over two years. Lipton completed Leadership Richardson Class XXXV and has been on his condo’s board since 2017.

Glen Silver

Director

Dr. Glen Silver, a chiropractor for 30 years, created with his wife, Dr. Ana Cobian-Silver, Silver Health Center in Richardson, Texas. It is a holistic healthcare center for all people with the goal of improving one’s health, well-being, and life through natural methods. In addition, Glen is a faculty member at Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, training senior chiropractic interns at his office.

Outside his chiropractic practice, through observing how stress may affect people on many levels, Glen created a company providing stress intervention programs for the corporate workplace.

For most of his life, Glen’s passion has been music. Following formal music education, he played sax in many Dallas-based bands for years. Currently, one of his sons is a professional sax player in New York.

Paul Adelson

Director

Paul Adelson lives his life continually recreating creativity that makes the world unique and individuals who are never forgotten. Paul’s creativity has spanned diverse initiatives throughout his life.

Paul moved to Dallas from Minnesota in the mid-1980’s and launched Select Art, a very contemporary art gallery featuring hand blown glass, abstract paintings, 3-D wall pieces, photography and specialized in large, free standing outdoor sculptures. He marketed his art works to large corporations and hospitals successfully for 34 years. Paul became known as “The Art Guy” as he was always contacted when clients opened a new facility or did an expansion.

For Paul, helping his artists make a living and creating wonderful public spaces was and has always been a joy. He believes that this comes naturally and is inherent in his DNA. Working with AIR, Paul has a keen interest in education and helping young artists succeed.

Justin Goldston

Director

Justin Goldston is a partner and executive of Quantify Holdings, a portfolio of companies currently spanning the healthcare, energy, and communications sectors. He serves on the executive team, with responsibilities for commercialization within Fortune 500 clients and government agencies.

With 20 years of entrepreneurial and operational experience working in diverse market sectors, his unique background provides insight into the potential intersection between arts and entrepreneurship. Justin believes arts are a pillar of healthy communities and are an often underserved one. He currently serves on the board and is an advisor to several privately held companies.

Justin is a graduate of Abilene Christian University. He resides in Dallas with his wife and their two sons. Justin has an ardent love for jazz and Miles Davis. He hopes to pass on this love of jazz to his sons.

Heather Hurd board member

Heather Hurd

Director

Heather Hurd is a Business Banker and Vice President at Frost Bank in Richardson. Heather has been very involved in the non-profit community including time spent in her hometown of Bethel Connecticut, Fort Worth, and Dallas/Richardson/Garland area.

Heather has a passion for education, kids and empowering others. In addition to serving on the AIR board of directors, she is currently the President of the Boys and Girls Club of Richardson and a Board member of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

Heather brings her connecting skills, financial literacy and sense of adventure to her roles in the community. She is a very active partner in the Richardson community and always finds ways to become involved and help others.

Staff

Susan Morrow

Susan Morrow

Executive Director

Susan Morrow brings 25+ years of experience in reputation management and communications strategic activities. She has owned her own firm, Morrow & Associates Reputation Management in Richardson, where she currently resides. Susan holds a degree in English and communications from Georgia  State University and a master’s degree in developmental psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

As a steward in the community, Susan served on the marketing committee for the Tech Titans Awards, sponsored by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce’s Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC); she served on the board of directors for Richardson’s North Texas office of Junior Achievement, was a member of its executive committee, chaired the Awareness Committee, and was a volunteer teacher for the organization. In addition, Susan was a member of the Women and Heart Health committee for the American Heart Association.

Susan is an advocate for missing children, and she wrote a book, published in 2014, “Unbreak My Heart: Meeting My Children as Strangers.” For ten years, she was a consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children where she managed a team of twenty volunteers.