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Daveed Diggs, Grammy- and Tony-award winning actor, writer, producer and musician, will participate in a moderated conversation during “Arts Inspire: A Celebration of the Arts with Daveed Diggs,” the inaugural event of the Plano ISD Education Foundation’s new lecture series celebrating the arts with the North Texas community. 

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, at the Robinson Fine Arts Center, 1800 Alma Drive, Plano, TX. 

“We are incredibly excited to host this event and bring the North Texas community together to celebrate the diverse and vibrant world of the arts,” said Brittnea Ussery, senior executive director of the Plano ISD Education Foundation. “With the exceptional talent of Daveed Diggs and the variety of artistic experiences we have planned, Arts Inspire will be a night to remember.”

Award-winning actor/musician Daveed Diggs will discuss his career journey, from his breakout role as Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in the original Broadway run of Hamilton, to his current projects in film, TV, theater and music. Diggs’ unique approach to art, blending traditional techniques with contemporary themes, has earned him international acclaim and a dedicated following. 


The arts celebration includes a juried arts faculty showcase in the Legacy Art Gallery of the Center starting at 6:00 p.m. Plano ISD student performers representing theater, orchestra, band, choir and dance will celebrate the arts to open the event at 7:30 p.m. 


The Arts Inspire series aims to raise funds and awareness for the Plano ISD Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the educational needs of students and teachers in the Plano Independent School District. Proceeds from Arts Inspire: Celebrating the Arts will directly benefit arts programming that enhances educational opportunities, fosters innovation in the classroom and provides vital resources for students and educators. 

“I am absolutely thrilled to see our students and community come together to celebrate the arts in such a meaningful way. The Arts Inspire series will not only showcase the incredible talent within our district but also emphasize the vital role of arts education in sparking creativity, critical thinking and passion among our students. We are deeply grateful to the Education Foundation for initiating this experience and providing our students with the opportunity to explore and pursue their artistic dreams,” said Plano ISD Superintendent Dr. Theresa Williams. 

In addition to originating the fan-favorite role of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, for which he won a Tony and Grammy in 2016, Diggs is also known for his roles in the critically acclaimed TV series Snowpiercer and a recurring guest role in the popular TV series Blackish. Diggs also serves as the vocalist of the experimental hip hop group Clipping, and he also co-wrote, produced and stars in the film Blindspotting.


Through events like Arts Inspire: Celebrating the Arts, the Plano ISD Education Foundation aims to provide a platform for artists to share their work and inspire future generations.


Ticket prices start at $50 at VIP Meet and Greet tickets are available at $150 and can be purchased with an event ticket. Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and individuals who wish to support this important cause while gaining visibility in front of a dedicated audience of arts enthusiasts and community leaders.


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About Robinson Fine Arts Center

Robinson Fine Arts Center is a premier cultural and educational institution dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts in the Plano Independent School District and the community. Through a diverse range of programs, performances, and events, Robinson Fine Arts seeks to inspire creativity, foster artistic talent, and enhance the cultural life of the community.

About the Plano ISD Education Foundation

The Plano ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises private funds to support the educational excellence of Plano Independent School District. The Foundation focuses on initiatives that directly impact students and teachers, ensuring that every child has access to the tools and opportunities needed for academic success.