Carter in the Community

Community matters at the Carter! Beyond the museum walls, we collaborate with our community to provide opportunities for people to explore the value of art and creativity in their own lives and spaces. Check the calendar to see where we’ll be next!

Carter Community Artists

Carter Community Artists

The Carter is dedicated to supporting and working with local artists to enhance our events, connecting the North Texas area with practicing artists, and building networks among local artists. 
An artist shows a measuring tape to two visitors.

Community Partners

Learn about the amazing organizations we collaborate with throughout Fort Worth and beyond.

Artes de la Rosa

Latino art is American art! At the Artes de la Rosa Fort Worth Cultural Center for the Arts, we lead activities and talk about our collection during their annual Día de los Muertos and Día de los Niños y Libros festivals.

Two adults sit behind a table showing two children art supplies.

City of Fort Worth Community Centers

We offer repeat-visit afterschool and summer programs with select City of Fort Worth Community Centers to foster inspiration through the Carter’s collection and to create opportunities for art-making and creative experiences for Fort Worth youth, both in the museum’s galleries and at each community center.

Middle school children work on art projects at a table.

Clayton Youth Enrichment

We offer repeat-visit afterschool programs for select schools in the Clayton Youth Enrichment umbrella. Through this partnership, we emphasize arts education within Fort Worth ISD. This year, we will also offer professional development workshops to their afterschool teachers and facilitators.

Children in an after-school program get help from an educator with an art project.

Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains

We support Girl Scouts of all ages by hosting quarterly programs for Scouts to earn an official Girl Scout badge and the Carter Fun Patch. We also offer opportunities for Cadettes and above to earn service hours by volunteering at the Carter. Register here.

A group of Girl Scouts sit on the floor in a gallery and look at an educator.

Institute for the Study of American Art in China (ISAAC)

The Carter partners with Nanjing University in China and the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History to promote the study of Amerian art in China, including working with Nanjing faculty on a program of study and travel in the U.S. ISAAC is supported by the Terra Foundation.

Four people pose in front of an artwork.

The Onstead Institute—University of North Texas

Every year the Carter hosts a graduate student fellow from UNT’s Onstead Institute to work with the museum’s K–12 education staff, a two-semester collaboration that culminates in an education project.

A Museum educator assists a child using a camera.

Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society

We partner with the TCBHGS to connect to local voices and experiences of African American art. We work collaboratively on programs, as well as participate in the annual Harambee Festival and juried art exhibition.

Group stands looking at art

Tarrant County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP)

During the school year, we regularly host tours at the Carter for JJAEP students. This year, we created a community mural on the JJAEP campus with help from the Carter Community Artists.

People work on outdoor art project.

The Welman Project

The Welman Project distributes surplus materials from businesses and institutions to local nonprofits and schools, filling classrooms instead of landfills. We partner with them, providing materials and supporting their annual recycled art contest.

Group of young students stand behind an art project.