Public Programs

At the Amon Carter

The Amon Carter offers an ongoing array of programs for its visitors, from lectures by visiting artists and scholars to extended education opportunities, family events, children’s programs, and a book club.

Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Support for these programs provided in part by the Excellence in Education Campaign.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
5:30pm9:30pm

Art in the Dark

Community Program

Have fun with food! Everyone is welcome to experience the Amon Carter at night with art making, tours, music, films, interactive demonstrations, and more inspired by the special exhibition Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine. No reservations are required.

Schedule of Events

Art Making for All Ages
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Decorate a reusable lunch bag
Create magnetic miniature artworks

Art Search
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Work up an appetite by finding food-themed artworks in the galleries. Pick up a question sheet (both adult and family versions are available), complete the search, and claim your prize!

Cupcake Decorating with Central Market
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Decorate a miniature cupcake to look like a berry pie and enjoy your creation on the museum’s front porch.

Food Trucks and Outdoor Fun
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Have fun on the museum’s lawn by tossing a beach ball, throwing a flickering Frisbee with friends, or grabbing a bite to eat from a food truck*.
*Food available for purchase.

Music with Eric Martin
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Enjoy the melodic sounds of the xylophone during an ongoing performance by local percussionist Eric Martin.

Selections from Food Design, a film by Martin Hablesreiter and Sonja Stummerer
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Food Design (2010) takes a look at the secret chambers of a major manufacturer of food, where designers and scientists are defining tomorrow’s favorite culinary treat. It shows how form, color, smell, consistency, the sounds made during eating, manufacturing technique, history, and stories are all aspects of food and eating that both influence food design and are created by it. This film includes subtitles.
Courtesy Icarus Films

Tarrant Area Food Bank Donation Station
5:30–9 p.m.
Help those in need by donating a non-perishable food item to the Tarrant Area Food Bank. For each item donated, a ticket will be entered in a raffle to win an Amon Carter swag bag!

Family Tour
5:45–6:30 p.m.
Join the Amon Carter’s professional gallery teachers to discover works of art, share your observations, and get creative in the galleries. This tour is best for children ages 12 and under with their adult companions.

Dining Through the Ages with Anne Paup, Etiquette Consultant
Sessions begin at 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Mind your manners and learn the basics of dining etiquette and the history behind it during this fun demonstration with Etiquette and Protocol Consultant Anne Paup.

Cheese Tastings with Elizabeth Northern, Owner of Magnolia Cheese Company
Tastings begin at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.
Taste and learn about unique local cheeses during this delectable presentation with cheesemonger Elizabeth Northern, proprietor of Magnolia Cheese Company in Fort Worth’s Near Southside neighborhood.
Please note: There are a limited number of seats per session. Free tickets to sessions will be available in Gallery 21 thirty minutes before each session begins.

Adult Tour
8–8:45 p.m.
Join Margi Conrads, deputy director of art and research, as she shares her favorite works of art in the special exhibition Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine.

This program is made possible in part by Central Market.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:00pm8:00pm

Trivia Night

Adult Program

Put on your thinking cap for a casual evening of trivia inspired by the Amon Carter’s collection. Bring a group (up to six people per team) or come alone, and enjoy snacks, drinks, and prizes during this friendly competition. There will be a wide range of topics, so an art history degree is not required! Participants in this program must be at least 18 years of age.

Reservations are required. Registration for this program opens March 1. Call 817.989.5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org to register.

Friday, April 25, 2014
10:30am11:30am

New Parents Tour

Adult Tour

Explore a new aspect of the museum each month during an adult tour for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers with little ones in tow. The tour begins at the Information Desk. Call 817.989.5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org to receive helpful instructions and parking information. No reservations are required. This program is best for adults accompanied by children two years old or younger.

Free parking is available in the museum’s lot, east of the museum off Camp Bowie Boulevard. Participants are encouraged to park in this lot and follow the sidewalk along the north side of the museum, where an accessible lift is available for your stroller. A museum representative will be there to assist you.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
3:00pm4:30pm

From the Road Show

Collect Some Perspective on Collecting Art

As part of our three-program series on collecting, celebrity appraisers and auctioneers take the stage. Whether you are an experienced expert or a “been-thinking-about-it” beginner, the presenters in our lineup will share their real-world intelligence on the do’s, don’ts, and dares of being an art collector.

Other program in the series: Sunday, May 18.

For members, individual programs are $10 per person each, or sign up for all three for $25. Nonmembers: $20 each, or all three for $50.
To reserve your space, call the Membership Office at 817-989-5063.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
6:00pm8:00pm

Eating History

Book Club

Prior to the program, read Andrew F. Smith’s Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine (2009). During the program, readers and museum educators gather in the galleries and discuss connections between the book and Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine. Refreshments will be provided after the discussion.

The first twenty registrants receive a free copy of the book. Registration is required. Registration for this program opens April 1. Call 817.989.5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org to register and get information on receiving your book.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sunday, May 4, 2014
1:00pm4:00pm

Worth Reading Celebration

Community Program

The Amon Carter has partnered with the Fort Worth Public Library for a reading celebration with art exploration, art making, snacks, and featuring the traveling Sketchbook Project! Find out how to fully participate in the Worth Reading program here.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
10:30am11:45am

Sharing the Past Through Art

Interactive Tour

Designed for adults with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, program participants discuss artists, themes, and exhibitions and use artworks to connect to past experiences. Call 817.989.5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org to receive helpful instructions and parking information. No reservations are required.

There is a designated barrier-free entrance near accessible parking for vehicles displaying the appropriate disability permits on Lancaster Avenue (the museum’s south side). If these spaces are full, you may drop participants off at the museum’s Lancaster entrance and park personal vehicles and minibuses for free in the museum’s lot located off of Camp Bowie Boulevard on the museum’s east side.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:00am5:00pm

Fine Art and Flowers

Community Event

The Amon Carter is in bloom! Members of the Fort Worth Garden Club have created 24 floral masterpieces inspired by the museum’s collection. View these arrangements alongside their fine-art counterparts in the galleries. Admission is free.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:00pm7:00pm

The Civil War and American Art

Lecture

Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

In discussing the Amon Carter’s painting by Conrad Wise Chapman, The Fifty-ninth Virginia Infantry—Wise's Brigade (1867), Smithsonian Senior Curator Eleanor Jones Harvey examines the role of American art and artists during the Civil War.

Reservations are required. Registration for this program opens April 1. Call 817.989.5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org to register.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sunday, May 18, 2014
3:00pm4:30pm

The Big Time

Collect Some Perspective on Collecting Art

In the third and final program in our series on collecting, investment guru Rex Sinquefield shares stories on how he and wife Jeanne shifted their art collecting from European post-impressionism to American Scene Painting. His collection is on view at the Amon Carter through October 19. Whether you are an experienced expert or a “been-thinking-about-it” beginner, this program shares real-world intelligence on the do’s, don’ts, and dares of being an art collector. The program is presented in the museum’s auditorium, followed by a short wine and cheese reception in the Atrium.

For members, individual programs are $10 per person each, or sign up for all three for $25. Nonmembers: $20 each, or all three for $50.
To reserve your space, call the Membership Office at 817-989-5063.