About Us

The mission of the Arts Council of Fort Worth is to create an environment that promotes, nurtures, and supports the arts in our community.

In 1963 the Arts Council was formed to provide funding and leadership to stimulate and assure the advancement of 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 with a significant impact on the quality of life in Fort Worth.

Arts Council programs address three main areas:

  • providing leadership and funding to local arts organizations through our competitive grants program 
  • enhancing the visual environment of our city through the Fort Worth Public Art program
  • offering an affordable and accessible venue for artists, arts organizations, and the community as a whole through management of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Arts Council programs are made possible through gifts from local individuals, small businesses, corporations, foundations, the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and Texas Commission on the Arts.

Together, with this support -

We Make Art Happen!

Arts & Economic Prosperity

In the summer of 2012, the Arts Council released the Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey, a report which details the economic impact of the arts in Fort Worth. The results of the report were not surprising-the arts are a major industry in Fort Worth, contributing over $84 million in economic impact to the city and supporting the equivalent of over 3,000 local full-time jobs. A summary of the report is available for download below (please contact the Arts Council if you would like to request a full copy of this report).

Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey Executive Summary