The mission of the Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County 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 is a dynamic, multi-faceted, arts agency serving artists, arts organizations and the community with programs that help shape the arts and that have a significant impact on the quality of life in Fort Worth.
Arts Council programs address three main areas:
- advocating for and funding local arts organizations through a competitive grants program;
- providing first class public art services, enhancing the visual environment of the city; and
- managing the Community Arts Center as an affordable and accessible venue for artists arts organizations, and the community as a whole.
By identifying and addressing the needs of the arts community and of the community at large, the Arts Council is positioned to serve its constituents ably and well.
Funding for Arts Council grants comes from individuals, corporate and foundation donors, as well as the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and Texas Commission on the Arts.
With this support -
We Make Art Happen
Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey
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 full-time LOCAL jobs. A summary of the report is available for download below (the full report is too large to place on our website, but copies are available by contacting the Arts Council).