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Congratulations to Estrus Tucker, recipient of Arts Fort Worth’s Heart of Gold Advocate for the Arts Award on September 20, 2023!  In 2017, City Council appointed Estrus to the Fort Worth Art Commission and he has served as chairman for the past 5 years.  A tirelessly advocate for the Fort Worth Public Art program, he has made himself available for literally dozens of media interviews in support of public art, and has spoken at numerous public art dedications and events.  Estrus has given voice to the inspiring work of local artists, art advocates, and arts organizations, including Arts Fort Worth. Under his leadership the Fort Worth Art Commission launched a new Community Partnership Projects Initiative, held Artist Listening Sessions to hear first-hand artists’ needs and ideas, and led Town Halls to engage our robustly diverse public. Following a citizen’s concern about the racial portrayal on a historic tile mural, Estrus chaired the Will Rogers Memorial Center Advisory Panel that developed interpretive plaques to be installed on the Auditorium and Coliseum plazas.  This effort involved more than two years of research, diverse community focus groups, and consultation with local culture and Texas history experts.  As a local and national leader, facilitator and advocate for civil dialogue, Estrus championed Fort Worth Public Art’s invaluable community engagement processes and worked collaboratively to enhance efforts of inclusion, cultural equity, and diversity of the pool of emerging and established public artists for its pre-qualified lists.  He wholeheartedly believes that public art and public artists matter because, “Art is for everyone.”  We thank Estrus Tucker for his leadership and dedication and look forward to his continued engagement with the Fort Worth Public Art program!

You are invited to the dedication of Fort Worth’s newest public artwork, Listening Trees by Steve Parker, on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at 1:00 pm near the Universal Playground at North Park, 9000 N. Beach Street, 76244.  A series of three interactive musical sculptures, the artwork incorporates colorful brass funnels as well as bells and wind chimes painted by community members to create a dynamic sonic environment. This event is part of the North Park YMCA’s Fall Fest, a family-friendly event including activities, games, bounce houses, vendors, and a Farmers Market. 

Fort Worth Public Art, a City of Fort Worth program administered by Arts Fort Worth, invites qualified art conservators to submit letters of interest and proof of qualifications to provide care and maintenance to the Fort Worth Public Art Collection.  DEADLINE 5:00 p.m. CST. October 18, 2023.

Interested applicants will demonstrate interest, knowledge, range, skills, and availability to assist the program in maintaining a growing collection of artworks and architectural enhancements in the collection.

Seed the Future by Karla Garcia

Artist Karla Garcia recently spoke with Glasstire’s Caleb Bell about her studio practice, recent exhibitions, and her first public art project, Seed the Future, coming soon to Trail Drivers Park. Inspired by the dandelion as a migrant flower, the work celebrates the area’s history, symbolizes its present-day community, and plants a seed for the next generation.


Elizabeth Akamatsu’s landmark sculpture for the new Diamond Hill Community Center, opening Saturday, November 4, is inspired by the strength of neighbors, all of whom left an unforgettable impression on the artist. Her concept stems from the idea of planting a seed, setting roots, and growing a bountiful life.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT | Will Rogers Memorial Center Plaques

A series of 14 plaques will be added to the Will Rogers Memorial Center including two introductory plaques to provide context for the tile murals and describe the 1936 design process as well as twelve scene-specific plaques with text would provide a balanced and more accurate cultural history.



Area C Projects’ artwork entitled Fabled draws upon the library’s role as a teller of stories and stories as creators of place. The artists suggest that what people know about a place comes from the stories it tells about itself. Area C Projects partnered with the Fort Worth Public Library to collect pictures, video and stories from residents of Fort Worth over several months.


Kipp Kobayashi

Kobayashi’s work for FWPA Collective Transition explores the dynamics of social interaction as a result of shared physical space and imaginative experience. Lightheartedly referencing the function of “paperwork” in both work and play, Kobayashi demonstrates how we collectively impact, and are in turn impacted by, what occurs in physical space and our visual site lines.