Elena Greer, Communications Manager
Fort Worth, Texas (Wednesday, January 12, 2022) The Arts Council of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Community Arts Center are merging into one nonprofit with a new name, Arts Fort Worth. Our new name and look reflect changes that will allow Arts Fort Worth to build on our history while reinvigorating our commitment to culture and community through financial, educational, and creative support for all the arts.
“Since 1963, the Arts Council has been a strong presence within the Fort Worth arts community, with a proud and storied history of supporting the local arts,” said Karen Wiley, Arts Fort Worth CEO & President. “As we move forward with our new name, Arts Fort Worth is committed to serve and respond to the needs of all local artists, arts organizations, and the residents of our city. We acknowledge that this can only happen through deeper engagement and collaboration with diverse community groups, and other local non-profits, active listening, and sustained connections.”
In early 2020, Arts Fort Worth responded to the needs of Fort Worth’s arts community by distributing emergency relief grants to arts organizations while continuing to engage the entire community by presenting online gallery exhibitions, readings of original plays and informal interviews with 85 local artists, creatives, and community leaders. Arts Fort Worth will continue expanding opportunities and programs for artists and organizations, kicking off 2022 with an open call for the inaugural Emerging Artist Residency Program, which provide studio space and a monthly stipend for an artist for one year. This new program was made possible generous support of the Donny Wiley Memorial Fund at North Texas Community Foundation. Arts Fort Worth will have more exciting announcements soon. “We are delighted to usher in this exciting new chapter of our history,” said Wiley.
About Arts Fort Worth Founded in 1963 as the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Arts Fort Worth is a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote, nurture, and support the arts in Fort Worth. Arts Fort Worth administers a competitive grants program, manages the Fort Worth Public Art program, and operates what was formerly known as the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, a dynamic arts complex with theaters, galleries, studios, and office suites, on behalf of the City of Fort Worth. Arts Fort Worth also provides educational programming and supports arts advocacy at all levels of government, provides public art consultation services, rents the facilities for a wide range of private and public events and programs. Arts Fort Worth is supported in part by the City of Fort Worth and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, please visit artsfortworth.org