GO! Arts: Art of the Word


The Arts Council of Fort Worth is delighted to launch a new pilot summer grant program, GO! Arts: Art of the Word. Aligning with Mayor Betsy Price’s literacy initiative, Art of the Word will enhance children’s reading comprehension, written and verbal communication, and analytical thinking through various art forms, including storytelling, music, dance, poetry, and the visual arts. Presented in conjunction with the Fort Worth Public Library and the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, Art of the Word programming will take place in library branches and community centers across the city from June 20 to July 31, 2019. Our goal for this grant program is to build on our already successful GO! Arts outreach efforts by supporting more programming during the summer months. We seek to support citywide efforts to improve literacy skills in our own unique way by using creative expression to strengthen reading and writing abilities and to bring the Art of the Word to life.

Applicant Eligibility

For the first year of this pilot program, only pre-approved, Fort Worth-based 501(c)(3) arts nonprofits were invited to apply.

Program Offerings

Mrs. Dipsworth’s Storytime, presented by DVA Productions, Inc.

PHOTO CREDIT: Freddie Watkins for Forever Photography.

Mrs. Dipsworth’s Storytime is quite simply a unique presentation of stories and songs. Mrs. Dipsworth is a fairy godmother style character with a larger than life presence. She reads stories chosen by the teacher or librarian that align with the current theme or curriculum. Songs that compliment the story are added to enhance the overall experience for the students. The wonderful thing about this show is that the information covered is always applicable to what the students are learning; and the delivery is comparable to that which every grandmother would give. Children ages 3 through 11 have been entertained by Mrs. Dipsworth’s Storytime since 2011. School districts such as Fort Worth ISD, Irving ISD, Aledo ISD, Dallas ISD, Keller ISD and more have created extended curriculum including regular visits from Mrs. Dipsworth. Her highly interactive presentation makes her a welcome addition to any event!


Exploring Monet’s Garden: Art and Word Games, presented by the Kimbell Art Museum

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, c. 1921-22(?), oil on canvas. Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1981.54.

Join the Kimbell Art Museum for learning and art-making activities inspired by masterpieces by the renowned Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840–1926). Children will have the opportunity to respond to artworks by sharing observations, explore multi-sensory connections, and participate in related games and an art-making activity inspired by Monet’s garden at Giverny. Program designed for children ages 5 to 9.


Adventures with Wari Man: Art and Culture from Ancient Peru, presented by the Kimbell Art Museum

Promotion image: Adventures with Wari Man: Art and Culture from Ancient Peru. Kimbell Art Museum.

Join the Kimbell Art Museum for learning adventures inspired by the ancient Wari people of South America. Children will learn about the cultural traditions and different regions once ruled by the Wari, and even help plan a Wari-style party for a special surprise guest! Artwork discussions, interactive dual-language games, and a storybook-making activity are designed for children ages 5 to 9.


Voice2Youth Express, presented by The Thank You Darlin’ Foundation

Voice2Youth is a trademark program presented by the Thank You Darlin’ Foundation.

Since 2006, TYDF has successfully implemented its award-winning Voice2Youth program in 30 public schools. The capstone of the Voice2Youth program is the annual citywide poetry slam, which this year brought K-12 students from eight schools in the Fort Worth Independent School District to Texas Christian University’s campus to perform original poetry before a public audience. For most students, it was their first-time visiting a college or university. By providing early exposure to poetry and other creative arts, the program aims to build a strong literacy foundation in children that will inspire their achievement and aspiration for higher education.

Click here for the library’s summer schedule!

GO! Arts: Art of the Word Grants are generously funded by the City of Fort Worth.