People of Plano: Amy Pagan

courtesy Amy Pagan
courtesy Amy Pagan

Amy Pagan is a well-rounded artistic professional, having worked in photography, writing, illustration, advertising, reporting, radio and marketing throughout her career. She’s been a marketing specialist for City of Plano for four years, and finds great joy in sharing her love for art with the community.

Amy, what do you do for City of Plano?

Pre-COVID, my work mainly consisted of creating marketing campaigns and content for social media, painting photo ops, coordinating with reporters, writing speeches and brainstorming with our team for ways to improve events.

courtesy Amy Pagan
courtesy Amy Pagan

How did COVID-19 change your job?

The first night of shutdown, I figured out how to convert all the musical acts we’d booked into online shows. After that, I decided to turn up the volume on a small social media series I created last year, Local Artist Spotlight. I created the Student Virtual Art Exhibit, a weekly feature on social media that all students can participate in. I also began teaching a free, weekly online art class for adults and children. So far, my largest audience was 123,000 people.

one of Amy's watercolor paintings
one of Amy’s watercolor paintings

Besides art, what other hobbies do you enjoy?

I knit, write, make jam, train in boxing and martial arts, foster animals for Plano Animal Shelter and volunteer for Heritage Farmstead Museum. For the past six years, I have been co-leader of my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop.

What achievements make you proudest?

I’ve won multiple awards for my work in advertising. I’m part of the team that created Apparition Expedition which recently won Best Promotional Event for Texas Downtown Association, and I was just accepted into Business Council for the Arts Leadership Arts Institute Class of 2021. My proudest achievement is being a mother to my daughter, Bea.

Amy helped create the Apparition Expedition in Downtown Plano // photo Jennifer Shertzer
Amy (in costume) helped create the Apparition Expedition in Downtown Plano // photo Jennifer Shertzer

Tell us about your family.

I am married to Chris, a physicist, and we have our wonderful daughter, plus several rescue dogs, one rescue cat and two kittens my husband pulled out of a cactus in Dallas.

What do you love most about Plano?

True friendships are something very difficult to form as an adult, and I feel so lucky to have a strong circle of fabulous women friends here who support each other and cheer each other on.

Amy with her husband, Chris, and daughter, Bea
Amy with her husband, Chris, and daughter, Bea
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