The Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1963 to advance the arts throughout our community. Today’s Arts Council serves and responds to the needs of local artists, arts organizations, and residents through diverse channels, each having a significant impact on the quality of life in Fort Worth. On October 16, 2019, the Arts Council adopted a value statement, Art for All: Creativity transcends all barriers, real and perceived. We commit to challenging systemic and historic barriers by building a platform where all have an opportunity to express and see themselves in art.
The Arts Council was instrumental in the establishment of the Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) program. In 2002, a unique partnership between the City of Fort Worth and the Arts Council was formed to fulfill the vision laid out in the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan. The Fort Worth Public Art program is fully funded by the City of Fort Worth.
The Arts Council of Fort Worth stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and against systemic racism and police brutality. We are committed to listen, learn, and be a part of the transformation of our society through the power of art.
Martha Peters was appointed as Fort Worth Public Art’s first director and Secretary of the Fort Worth Art Commission in 2003. She is responsible for leading a talented and dedicated staff in implementing the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan Update. She held her prior position as the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places program administrator for 12 years. During her tenure, both programs were awarded Texas Society of Architects’ Citation of Honor for contributions to the built environment in Texas. In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary AIA Membership by the Fort Worth Chapter. Peters was elected by her national peers to serve on Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Council for three terms. Peters holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and her work in fine art photography has been nationally published and is included in public and private collections. She enjoys the collaborative nature of public art and seeks to bring innovative and impactful public art projects to Fort Worth.
Anne Allen, Public Art Project Manager, joined the Fort Worth Public Art staff in 2007 following a six-year term as Director of the Arlington Museum of Art. Prior to her tenure with the AMA, she served as Executive Director of The Old Jail Center in Albany, Texas. Born in Seattle, Allen grew up in Fort Worth, TX, and has lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA, Portland, OR and New York's Hudson Valley before returning to Texas in 1999. Allen received her M.F.A. in metals from SUNY New Paltz and her B.F.A. in studio art from the UT Austin. A practicing artist and accomplished arts professional, Allen has more than nineteen years experience in public art project management, fundraising and curatorial work. Well versed in contemporary art, she is an advocate for arts ability to strengthen and enrich daily life in our communities.
Alida joined Fort Worth Public Art in 2009 after more than eight years in various roles of the architectural design industry, including furniture and art selection, private commissions, project coordination, and marketing. Alida studied architecture at Oklahoma State University, supports historic preservation and has a love for modern art and architecture. In her time with FWPA, she has managed many successful projects, creating positive relationships with neighborhoods and community members across the city.
Michelle Richardson is a DFW native. She joined the Fort Worth Public Art staff in 2017 after working as Administrative Director at Galleri Urbane in Dallas and Adjunct Professor at colleges across the Metroplex. She achieved her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas after graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in Studio Art. Michelle is also a practicing artist and recently received an artist grant through the Dallas Museum of Art. As a project manager, she is dedicated to working with community members and artists to bring exciting public art to all areas of Fort Worth.
A Fort Worth native and TCU Fine Arts graduate, Jennifer Conn joined the Arts Council in 2005. As Public Art Collection Manager, her responsibilities include conservation initiatives and the ongoing maintenance for the city’s public art collection. Special projects include facilitating gifts, loans, and acquisitions of public art, and private initiatives on behalf of the Arts Council. Jenny is a strong supporter of community-based initiatives and has served as a founding member of the Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area, ArtSouth Selection Committee Trustee, People’s Art Collaborative Program Advisor, and AIAFW Executive Public Member. She was awarded Honorary AIA Membership in 2016.
Michael Curtis Asbill joined the Fort Worth Public Art Staff in 2019 after working as an Instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Studio (Photography) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after graduating from Texas State University. Michael is an artist and DFW native creating work grounded in local themes and popular media production strategies. His work has been included in public and private collections across the country. As Community Engagement Coordinator Michael is excited to work with the residents of Fort Worth to help promote public artworks that reflect the culture, history, and future of the city.