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Visit the Fort Worth Cultural District

Great things are happening August -September 2021!

If you're visiting the Cultural District for New Stories: New Futures at Pioneer Tower, be sure to visit the rest of the Cultural District during the events below! You can explore museums and historical buildings that are acclaimed for their architecture, the quality of their collections, and the programs they offer. Learn more about all of the Cultural District's members!

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60th Birthday Bash- Saturday, September 25

Meetup at the Carter for anticipated exhibitions, their 60th Birthday Bash, artist talks, art-connecting activities, and more on Saturday, September 25. Plus, two new exhibitions Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair and Imagined Realism: Scott and Stuart Gentling debut. That evening, come ready to celebrate 60 years of the Carter with food trucks, fireworks, and live music with Shakey Graves! Whether you’re an art aficionado or a social butterfly looking to explore the cultural district, join our email list and stay tuned for upcoming events. 


After Hours in the Garden – September 10 

Enjoy the beauty of the Garden after hours! Unwind after a long week, bring your friends, bring a date! Relax with an adult beverage, delicious bites, and jazz stylings of the Danny Stone Trio.


Family Workshop: Botanical Watercolors – September 11 

Join us for a beautiful day in the Garden practicing your botanical watercolors! A local artist will lead you through painting your own nature-inspired masterpiece. Make a memory as a family that will last forever and find your inner artist. Art supplies and Garden admission are included in the cost of registration. 


Texas Bee Oasis – Through November 28, 2021 

Dallas-based artist Jen Rose crafts tiny sculpture that is not only beautiful, it helps equally tiny pollinators as they go about their work of supporting plants and our ecosystems. Sculpture exhibit viewing is included with the price of general admission. 

Stickwork – Through 2022 

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) invites guests to explore Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork, a woven, twisted, and shaped into a one-of-a-kind sculpture in the Fuller Garden. Sculpture exhibit viewing is included with the price of general admission. 


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Body Bar Free Pilates Class - August 7

Join BODYBAR and the Arts Center for a FREE outdoors Pilates mat class! Bring your own mat and join the Cultural District's best Pilates Studio in the Sheila and Houston Hill Outdoor Gallery. Register here.

New Stories: New Futures Dedication - Friday, August 20

8:00 p.m.

Fort Worth Community Arts Center, front lawn: Dedication of Pioneer Tower Dreams and Texas Surveys


Explore nine indoor galleries featuring emerging and established artists with artwork covering our changing natural world to deeply personal expressions, a group show of Fort Worth artists and designing small homes. Learn more.

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Virtual Pictures and Pages / Fotos y libros virtuales - August 3

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 

When Sadness Is at Your Door / Cuando la tristeza llega a tu Puerta, illustrated and written by Eva Eland  Feeling blue? It’s okay to not be okay. Let’s explore how this thoughtful book shares different ways of understanding emotions. This Facebook Live storytime is free and just for kids! 

Free online program; no registration required 


Artful Readings - Friday, August 6

5:30–6:30 p.m. 

The Last Chinese Chef: A Novel, by Nicole Mones (2008) Participants explore connections in the literary and visual arts through group discussions and special presentations on selected books. 

Online program; Registration required 


Summer Happy Hours in the Kimbell Café - Fridays, August 6–27

5–7 p.m. 

Featuring musicians from Allegro Guitar Society Wine, beer, and light snacks available for purchase. 10% discount on beverages for Kimbell members during Happy Hour. Simply show your membership card at the time of purchase.   

Reservations are not required.


Virtual Summer Art Adventures -  August 7

10–11 am 

Calling art lovers of all ages for creative explorations inspired by artistic traditions from across India, China, Japan, Korea, and beyond! Guest artist demonstrations, art guides, and dual-language storytimes will highlight artworks featured in the special exhibition Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon.  

Free online program; no registration required 

New Stories: New Futures Artist Talk Wednesday, August 18

6:00 p.m.

Kimbell Art Museum and Online: Artist Talk featuring DooEun Choi, Quayola, and Refik Anadol 

New Stories: New Futures at Pioneer Tower Artist Talks - Saturday, August 21

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Artist Talks, moderated by Dr. Lauren Cross and featuring two panels of regional artists starting at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

Soul Saturdays - August 21

10:30–11:15 am 

Guided Meditation: In celebration of the special exhibition Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon, join us for “Soul Saturdays” as we explore mind, body, and soul during free, all-levels guided meditation classes with expert instructors Michael and Brynn Dardanes of Elemental Yoga & the Mind Arts. 

Free; registration required 



Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society  

Through September 5, 2021 

Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon presents nearly 70 of the finest examples of Asian art in the United States. Showcasing an extraordinary range of bronzes, ceramics, and metalwork, this exhibition reveals great achievements in Asian art spanning more than two millennia. 

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Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas - June 20, 2021 - October 10, 2021 

Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas, organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, features the artist’s most significant works and examines his contribution to the development of abstraction over a span of nearly five decades. The exhibition highlights the close relationship between the artist’s paintings, drawings, prints, and pastels, which are rarely shown together. The Shape of Ideas presents 49 paintings and 42 works on paper that reflect the many phases of a long and varied approach to artmaking.

Modern by Moonlight Annual Otsukimi Festival - September 18

8 p.m. 

Live entertainment and dancing in the Grand Lobby 8 pm 
Cast a lantern into the Modern’s reflecting pond to send off the past year and welcome a new season at Otsukimi, an annual Japanese celebration honoring the autumn moon. Inspired by the heritage of the Modern’s architect, Tadao Ando, this festive evening will include traditional Japanese light bites and seasonal cocktails, dancing and live entertainment by DJ Ronnie Heart and DJ BoyBLK, and other surprises meant to delight. Learn more.


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Image Credit: Sean Scully, Chelsea Wall #1, 1999, Oil on linen, 110 x 132 inches

Gift of John J. Hannan, 2010. 


Image courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2020. © Sean Scully

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Twelve Mighty Orphans– Behind the Scenes: Laura Wilson- August 8 

Twelve Mighty Orphans – Behind the Scenes: Laura Wilson will be on display at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame! This exhibition showcases 2019 Cowgirl Honoree Laura Wilson and props from the new film by Sony Pictures Classics, 12 Mighty Orphans. This is a partnership with the Fort Worth Film Commission, a division of Visit Fort Worth. Learn more.

Induction Luncheon and Ceremony - October 26 

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame will welcome five 2021 Inductees at the 45th Annual Induction Luncheon and Ceremony, held on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at the Dickies Arena. These incoming Hall of Fame members represent a wide range of cowgirls – from a country music superstar to a world champion breakaway roper, a renowned artist, a cowboy hat designer, and an Olympic medalist. The induction class includes Pop Chalee, Lari Dee Guy, Kathryn Kusner, Lavonna “Shorty” Koger, and Miranda Lambert. As well as, honoring Patsy Montana Award recipient cinematographer Christina Voros and Sergeant Reckless Award recipient Lucca K458, USMC. Interested in attending the Induction? Click here.  

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