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  • 5 Mar 2022 10:06 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    a graphic representation of the skyline

    The birds are back! The spring bird migration is underway and organizations across Texas are turning their lights out at night as we welcome hundreds of millions of birds migrating through the state.

    Last fall, many downtown Fort Worth high-rise buildings joined the mission to help save the lives of migrating birds. This season, the City of Fort Worth is dimming its lights again in support of this mission.

    As part of a nationwide initiative called Lights Out, the goal is to protect the billions of birds as they migrate across the United States — one of the largest migrations on the planet and one that occurs primarily at night. Light from buildings, especially in urban areas, attracts and disorients migrating birds, confusing and exhausting them and making them vulnerable to collisions with buildings.

    All Texans are encouraged to turn off nonessential lights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the full spring migration, March 1-June 15.

    According to research by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and Lights Out Texas, the state is globally important for birds. Approximately one of every three birds migrating through the U.S. fly through Texas.

    “The Cornell Lab and our partners are the leaders in this effort,” said Cody Whittenburg, assistant director of the Fort Worth Code Compliance Department. “This is a great educational opportunity for our entire community to take one proactive step to protect these migrating bird populations. Turning the lights out in other populated areas of the city such as shopping centers and outdoor sports venues will also make a huge contribution.”

    Whittenburg said it's not necessary to be downtown to take part – reduce light pollution at night for a few hours, where possible, to support this effort.

  • 5 Mar 2022 9:05 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    a rending of a bridge over water

    Now that construction is complete and traffic is flowing over the three Panther Island bridges, Fort Worth residents are encouraged to help name them.

    The bridges will span the future Trinity River bypass channel as part of the Fort Worth Central City Flood Control Project being designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Given the significance of the Central City project and bridges, Mayor Mattie Parker wants residents to help find the best name for each bridge.

    “I am thrilled that we are taking advantage of the opportunity to give each of the brand new Trinity River bridges names that are meaningful to our community and allowing residents to lead the way on the decision,” Parker said. “Like every Fort Worth neighborhood, Panther Island is completely unique, and this process will let the creativity of Fort Worthians shine through and ensure we find names for each of the bridges that reflects that distinctiveness.”

    View maps and submit your suggested name for each bridge. Proposed names should promote community pride and connectivity to the Trinity River while celebrating the culture and history of Fort Worth.

    All submissions must be received by March 31. A committee will then select finalist names for each bridge. The committee will include representatives from the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Tarrant Regional Water District, Streams & Valleys and Visit Fort Worth.

    The public will then vote on the finalists to select the names.

  • 20 Feb 2022 10:07 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

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    Fort Worth’s historic Camp Bowie District Inc. has named Lydia Guajardo Rickard as the public improvement district’s (PID19) new executive director.

    Rickard has been operating as the district’s interim leader since mid-October 2021 and has a previous four-year history of marketing the business corridor through her former agency, LComm Marketing and Public Relations. Rickard announced the closure of her marketing firm via social media on Jan. 27.

    “We have grown the district to a place where it deserves the attention of fulltime staff and a vision for the next 20 years,” said board chairman J. Mark Harris, president of 8 Feet Development Inc. “The board of directors has faith that with Lydia’s past experiences and future plans, she will build a team dedicated to advancing small to mid-sized business while improving an already thriving boulevard.”

    Camp Bowie District is comprised of two organizations -- a 501(C)(3) and a 501(c)(6) -- both engaged in a wide range of activities dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the historic boulevard. The nonprofit arm of the organization is focused on philanthropic and charitable initiatives providing program support, small-business focus and marketing efforts. The 501(C)(6) is the member-based arm of the organization that provides advocacy, development and PID management. Improvement efforts have included infrastructure refinement, beautification projects, hosting special events and serving as an advocate for all development.

    “Camp Bowie District is the keeper of the boulevard. Our goal is to preserve the integrity of the historic area,” Rickard said. “We are dedicated to preserving the economic engine that is assembled of more than 400 small to mid-sized businesses, many of which are locally owned.”

    Camp Bowie District strategically analyzes the historic corridor identifying improvements that are needed. By identifying projects and needs based on evaluations and feedback from businesses, Rickard will lead the delegation of assessments from property owners to fund future PID projects such as maintenance, landscaping and beautification, litter abatement, safety and security, marketing advocacy, communications, economic development and future planning

  • 19 Feb 2022 9:08 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    a large, metallic bug

    The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas will bring to Fort Worth for the first time David Rogers’ Big Bugs, an exhibit of insect sculptures on a gigantic scale. The exhibit runs March 11-June 12.

    Insects outnumber us 1 million to one. Many live in communal groups working as one for the common good of all. Their ranks include engineers, soldiers, weightlifters, weavers, hunters, stalkers, gatherers and even royalty.

    “When you take this remarkable and diverse group of ‘hidden gardeners’ and re-create them on a gigantic scale using all-natural materials, you have Big Bugs,” said Patrick Newman CEO and president. “The stunning effect is a role reversal of dimension and perception that kids of all ages will absolutely love.”

    The sculptures are created using various combinations of whole trees, cut green saplings, dry branches and other forest materials. Audiences will marvel or stand bug-eyed before the larger-than-life insect sculptures and gain an appreciation for these invaluable members of the animal kingdom.

    Exhibit viewing is included with the price of Garden admission. Members receive free entry.

    Learn more.

  • 13 Feb 2022 8:43 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    the steps at the Botanic Garden

    This year, guests to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will notice construction work as several major projects get underway, thanks to the support of the City of Fort Worth and many generous donors.

    Old Garden Road

    This road has long served as a primary service route between the Garden Center and the historic Rock Springs Building; it connects the newer, northern sections of the garden with the southern, historic sections of the campus.

    A $1.3 million renovation will convert Old Garden Road from a vehicular roadway to a generous 20-foot-wide pedestrian walk. Native and ornamental plantings, landscape boulders, ornamental curbs, benches and custom lighting inspired by the traditional WPA-era architecture of older sections of the Garden will complement new paving of native stone and finished concrete.

    Full Moon Bridge

    This structure in the Japanese Garden is one of the most recognized features of the Garden. Under the guiding expertise of David Sipos, a master carpenter and expert in Japanese woodworking, the current structure will be fully replaced with a new version utilizing traditional Japanese joinery and weatherization techniques.

    The foundation will be improved and reinforced, and the original brass rail and finials will be retained and replaced on the new structure.

    Tea House

    The Tea House in the Japanese Garden will be given a major facelift by Japanese garden expert John Powell. Improvements will include a tokonoma, the ceremonial niche for scrolls, floral arrangements and art pieces often included in traditional tea events. A new preparation area, improved lighting, traditional screens and furniture will also be added

    Traditional Japanese stucco will be applied to the inside and outside walls of the teahouse, and improvements and repairs will be made to the exterior wood trim.

    Rose Ramp Shelter House

    This key feature of the original Garden will have the foundations of the surrounding retaining walls stabilized. Additional renovations to trellises and other elements are also planned to protect this important part of the Garden’s history.

    “We are excited to get these projects started,” said Executive Vice President Bob Byers. “Any inconvenience from construction will be more than made up by the years of enjoyment these completed projects will bring to guests.”


  • 13 Feb 2022 8:17 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    the dog days promo, featuring a running poodle

    The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas is em-bark-ing on a new adventure with Dog Days, to take place five weekends in 2022. On these weekends, guests are invited to bring their four-legged family members to the Garden for a day of frolicking and fun.

    Official Dog Days dates:

    • Feb. 19-20
    • May 21-22
    • July 16-17
    • Aug. 20-21
    • Nov. 19-20

    “Dog Days offers yet another way for local residents to explore and discover the many wonders of our 120-acre campus,” said Patrick Newman, FWBG|BRIT CEO and president and owner of two Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Charlie and Milo.

    Dog Days will be held during regular Garden hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer. Regular admission is required for humans, with an additional $5 per dog. FWBG|BRIT Members receive free admission and pay $5 per dog — with a complimentary bandana. For the health and happiness of furry friends, hydration stations will be available across the campus.

    To ensure the success of Dog Days and the safety of all participants, the Garden asks that guests and pets adhere to specific rules and etiquette:

    • All dogs must be leashed, more than four months old and up to date on vaccinations.
    • Waste must be bagged and placed in trash receptacles. The Garden will have bags available for use.
    • Dogs must be socialized and well-behaved. If dogs are seen acting aggressively, Garden staff reserves the right to ask owners to leave.

    View additional rules and information about the Feb. 19-20 Dog Days

  • 3 Feb 2022 9:58 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    The Museum will be open five days a week, starting February 6th.

    After expanding its hours during the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is excited to increase its regular open hours. Beginning February 6th, the Museum will be open five days a week. 

    Hours of Operation:

    ·    Monday – Tuesday: Closed

    ·    Wednesday – Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

    ·    Sunday: Noon – 5 PM

    The Museum closed its doors for several months in 2020 and 2021 in response to guidance from local, state, and federal health officials to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community. On June 25, 2021, the Museum reopened to the public at a limited schedule, Friday - Sunday. 

    “We are dedicated to lifelong learning as our Mission and are thrilled to return to more days open!” said Kippen de Alba Chu, interim President at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. “We invite you, our beloved community, to rediscover the Museum through our creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the history of Texas and the Southwest.” 

  • 24 Jan 2022 8:17 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    Fort Worth, Texas (Thursday, January 20, 2022) Arts Fort Worth, formerly the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, invites you to start the new year with seven exciting new exhibitions in the newly renovated galleries. Damage from 2021’s winter storm gave Arts Fort Worth the opportunity to renovate and expand three of the galleries into one larger gallery. The gallery expansion creates an open and inviting space that will continue to house emerging and established artists, as well as events and workshops.

    With the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo right next door, Arts Fort Worth is featuring four exhibitions with a Western theme but bringing exciting and new perspectives to the genre. Ma, The Gravities, and Art Room’s Both Sides Now close Saturday, January 29. The Inexorable & Enigmatic Western Horizon, A Quest Into the West, Traces, and Art Tooth’s The Next Chapter: Brenda Ciardiello and Fernando Rojas are on view through Saturday, February 26.



    Painting and video by Fort Worth artist Enrique Nevarez

    The Gravities

    Video series by John C Kelley

    Both Sides Now

    Presented by Art Room and curated by Art Room Co-Founder/Chief Advisor Katie Murray. featuring local and regional artists David Alcantar, Gerald Bell, Judge Bermes, Kim Brewer, Glenn Downing, Meghan Gerety, Sara Lee Hughes, MOM, Jack Russell, Christy Stallop, and Camille Woods

    The Inexorable & Enigmatic Western Horizon

    Paintings by Swedish Santa Fe-based artist Gordon Skalleberg

    A Quest Into the West

    Watercolors by Fort Worth artist Burl Washington


    Mixed media works by Marilyn Jolly & Norman Kary

    The Next Chapter: Brenda Ciardiello and Fernando Rojas 

    Presented by Art Tooth and curated by Shasta Haubrich


    Elena Greer, Communications Manager

    817-298-3041 | egreer@artsfortworth.org

  • 14 Jan 2022 8:28 AM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    You know Arts Fort Worth! 

    New name for Arts Council of Fort Worth signifies exciting changes while staying true to its mission. 

    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 

  • 13 Jan 2022 3:34 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    The federal mask requirement has been extended through March 18, 2022. That means everyone will continue wearing masks when on board any of Trinity Metro’s vehicles and when inside Fort Worth Central Station and Fort Worth T&P Station. Masks are not required on the platforms or while waiting at a bus stop.

    The mask mandate originally went into effect on Feb. 1, 2021, and was extended three times in 2021. The implementation is intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Other safety measures include social distancing, handwashing and vaccinations.


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