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The Arts Council of Fort Worth Turns 50 Cultural District Memberships & Benefits Three Lost, Three Upcoming Hearts of Gold



News and events from the ARTS COUNCIL of Fort Worth & Tarrant County

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ARTS COUNCIL OF FORT WORTH & TARRANT COUNTY 1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107 • 817-732-2360 • ARTS COUNCIL STAFF Jody Ulich, President Anne Allen, Public Art Program Manager Jennifer Conn, Public Art Collection Manager Amber Farris, Development Program Specialist Michelle Gonzales, Public Art Program Specialist Alida Labbe, Public Art Project Manager John Leach, Arts Center Facilities Manager Mary Montalvo, Arts Center Director Marla Fleischmann Owen, Arts Center Business Development Manager Martha Peters, Vice President – Public Art Daniel Stone, Director of Grants/Executive Assistant Brandon Swift, Arts Center Technical Director Elaine Taylor, Arts Center Gallery Manager Nicole Zimmerman, Director of Development

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WHAT’S INSIDE Happy 50th, Arts Council


Know Your Cultural District & Get Involved

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Stop by the Arts Center Rewind, Fast Forward Fort Worth


Hearts of Gold



Art has a community. The mission of the Arts Council of Fort Worth is to create an environment that promotes, nurtures and supports the arts in our community. The Council develops relationships between artists, organizations and the community at large through its stewardship of the Community Arts Center, administration of the Public Art Program, and development of various educational opportunities for the community.


The Council also provides financial support to numerous, eligible non-profit arts organizations through the administration of a comprehensive grant program. Applications are reviewed by qualified volunteer panels and judged on management ability, artistic excellence and community outreach. The Arts Council is supported by the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts andnumerous individual, corporate and foundation donors. To all of whom we say,

EX OFFICIO Patrick Harris, Enterprise Business Service, Lockheed Martin

“Thank you.”

On the cover: ”Lady in Red” is one of the pieces on display at Impressions by Marita and Valeriy Vaskov at the CAC thru October 30

ARTS COUNCIL OF FORT WORTH & TARRANT COUNTY 2012-2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ginny Tigue, Chair, Vice President, Tigue Property Co., Ltd. Larry Anfin, President/General Manager, Coors Distributing Co. of Fort Worth Michael Bennett, Principal, Bennett Benner Pettit Architects Christina Brinker, Treasurer, CPA, Rylander, Clay & Opitz Becky Renfro Borbolla, Vice-President, Renfro Foods Andrew T. Boster, Grants Administrator, Fort Worth Transportation Authority Todd Breeding, Senior Vice President, Frost Bank Dale Brock, Regional Vice President, CitiBank Christy Cates, CPA, Whitley Penn Brad Chapman, Business Performance Manager, Insperity Mac Churchill, President, Churchill Acura Gregory T. Clifton, Principal/CEO, Clifton Capital Group Diana Crawford, Community Volunteer, American Airlines Rory Divin, Director, McDonald Sanders, P.C. Clay Franklin, CEO, Plaza Medical Suzan Greene, Fort Worth Area Manager, Customer Operations, Oncor Denise Harmon, Membership Director, Fort Worth Club Bill Hart, President, SunCoast Industries Robert Jameson, Area General Manager, Renaissance Worthington Hotel Jimmy Jenkins, Owner, Fort Worth Screen Printing Elva LeBlanc, Ph.D., President, Tarrant County College NW Campus Haeger Long, Vice-President and Private Banker, BBVA Compass Bank Norm Lyons, Executive Vice-President, Lyon Benefit Solutions Estela Martinez-Stuart, Director of Tourism, Fort Worth Convention & Visitors’ Bureau Nicki Northcutt, Coordinator – Community Affairs, XTO Energy Victoria Powell, Vice-President, B.R. Powell & Associates, PC Marc Rowland, Chief Executive Officer, FTS International Amy Sutton, Secretary, Vice President, Frost Bank Dora Tovar, President, Tovar Public Relations Jennifer Trevino, Chief of Staff, UNT Health Science Center John W. Via III, Vice President – Marketing, Alcon Scott Wheatley, Partner, Jackson Walker Dean Wise, Vice President-Network Strategy, BNSF Terry L. Williamson, Vice-President, Wealth Advisor, Wells Fargo Ana Wugofski, Director – Business Development, Lockheed Martin

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Happy 50th, Arts Council The road to the organization’s golden anniversary hasn’t been smooth.

From a two-man operation overseeing seven arts groups, the Arts Council of Fort Worth has grown into a force responsible for nearly four dozen Tarrant County arts organizations, including Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, and Texas Ballet Theater. No doubt the arts council’s success owes tribute to William A. Massad and Robert Alexander, two Fort Worth businessmen who got the arts council up and running in 1963, 50 years ago this January. “I’m delighted that it’s survived that many years, and I don’t see any reason for it not to continue,” Massad, 81, said. Fundraiser Massad and businessman Alexander were hired by Fort Worth philanthropist Ruth Carter Stevenson (then Johnson), who had secured a $10,000 grant from the Junior League to create an agency similar to the one in Winston-Salem, the location of the nation’s first arts council, to “facilitate communications and promote coordination between the organizations fostering the arts and generally aid in the development of the arts,” wrote Norwood P. Dixon in The Story of the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, a 1979 newsletter. Stevenson, Massad said, “got the right people together, she being the right person. … She could pick up the phone and call Jesus Christ himself, and he’d probably answer.” Massad jumped onboard immediately. “Certainly I was in favor of it,” he said. “I thought it was a good idea.” A journalism school graduate from the University of Oklahoma, Massad, who eventually became an Army colonel, was a “PR man,” he said, working first for Paul Ridings’ eponymous firm and then for Fort Worth Opera (né Fort Worth Opera Association). For 11 of his 18 years with the Opera, Massad helped steer the arts council, whose primary responsibility was fund raising. Though he describes the 1960s and ’70s in Fort Worth as a “golden era” for the fine arts, Massad said the companies constantly struggled, living from production to production. “Deficit financing” was always a problem, he said. Flash forward to 2013-14: And while no one would say the Opera, FWSO, TBT, and all of Fort Worth’s other arts groups are swimming in cash, they’re still here, thanks to the Arts Council of Fort Worth. Now working mostly with public funds, the organization has seen its annual budget increase for the first time in five years, by $600,310 to $1.4 million.




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Western Treasures Through September 14, 2014

Bringing Up the Trail, 1895, Charles M. Russell


iew treasured paintings from the permanent collection by Frederic Remington, Charles

M. Russell and their contemporaries that shaped the public’s perception of the romance and

ruggedness of the American West of the late 1800s and early 1900s. See what is believed to be Russell’s first formal commission and other early Russell works not displayed in several years. Enjoy rarely seen Remington and Russell bronze sculptures on loan from private collections. Free admission | Open daily except major holidays Free docent-guided tours on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. | Free group tours by appointment Museum Store |

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Know Your Cultural District

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

There are at least five good reasons why this part of Fort Worth is internationally renowned. by Celestina Blok

Fort Worth features five internationally recognized museums in the city’s walkable, park-like setting that is the Cultural District. The incredible collection of venues, all located within close proximity, has made Fort Worth a renowned destination for its “cowboys and culture.” The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, where admission is free, showcases Western art, photography, and sculpture, including works from Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, two great artists of the American West. Memberships begin at $65, and all members receive access to the members’ lounge, discounts in the museum store, invitations to members-only events, and more. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, which offers familyfriendly exhibits and movies in the domed Omni IMAX Theater, recently reopened in a spectacular new facility. Memberships start at $65 and include free admission for two, discounts on Omni IMAX shows, discounts in the museum shop and café, and even more – free admission to the Fort Worth Stock Show grounds and free admission to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, located just next door. The Kimbell Art Museum, which houses the first painting by Michelangelo, will commemorate the opening of its new pavilion, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, with a ribbon cutting open to the public on TK, Nov. 27. Kimbell membership levels begin at $75 and include unlimited admission to special exhibitions for two, members-only tours, and discounts in the gift shop. Recently named one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Museums” in Travel + Leisure, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth features the work of Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, and many contemporary artists, all displayed in a sleek concrete-and-glass structure. Memberships start at $65 and include unlimited free admission for two and discounts at the Modern Shop and the upscale Café Modern, as well as two tickets to Modern ’til Midnight, an annual event that features extended hours, live music, films, cash bars, and global cuisine from Café Modern.




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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Kimbell Art Museum

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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TAP INTO THE SEASONS Don’t forget to adjust your watering to match seasonal needs. That means twice a week or less in

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CYCLE AND SOAK When watering, watch for runoff. Our North Texas clay soil retains moisture, but is also susceptible to runoff. Try watering in shorter bursts, with at least 30 minutes between cycles. This will give the soil a chance to soak it in. Your lawn will appreciate that.

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See & Do


The Arts Center Celebrates 10 Years as part of the Fort Worth Community!

For more information on how you can BE A PART OF IT, visit our website at


Thru October 28

October 16

Presented by the Stolen Shakespeare Guild. Purchase tickets by calling 866-811-4111 or online at

Tarrant County College Northwest Dance in the Galleries of TCCNW Campus

Monty Python’s Spamalot

— October 4-30

The Peregrine Herd by Mark Renner

Renner provides an allegorical trail through both the urban and wilderness journeys of men and women.

— Thru October 30

Concrete Narratives: truthbrides & topographies by Jim Brightwell

3D Concrete mixed media artworks

Fort Worth Swing Dance Syndicate

Swing Dances and Classes

Beginner lessons start at 8:00PM. Dance until 11:30pm to DJ’d tunes every Thursday. $5 for FWSDS members/ students/affiliates (with valid ID), $7 for non-members.

— Every Friday

Relaxation Meditation

— Thru October 25

air wind sand


by Mona Marshall, Focus Gallery One

A contemplation of coastlines, this Boundaries series explores the territories we create for ourselves, and a fleeting glimpse of the immensity of what lies beyond, in encaustic paintings by Austin artist Mona Marshall.

— Thru October 25

by Colby Parsons, Focus Gallery Two

Denton artist Colby Parsons’ work explores associations with the ordinary objects in his life with video imagery projected onto stoneware. 8



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The Pilgrim’s Progress in the Scott Theatre

Presented by Puritan Productions and adapted from John Bunyan’s original work. A performance of Drama with Ballet and Chorus. October 18 at 7:30pm and October 19 at 2:30 and 7:30pm. For more information and tickets, visit or call 817-482-1481.

— November 1-3

Presented by the Fort Worth Swing Dance Syndicate. Join FWSDS, Laura Glaess, Miranda Longaker, and Joanna Lucero, as we embark on an adventure to challenge, inspire, and highlight our follows! 8 hours of instruction over two days. RSVP on Facebook:

— November 2 — Thru October 30


A national juried exhibition of artist-made books in various styles, as selected by juror Tracee Robertson, Director of Galleries at the University of North Texas.

— Thru October 30


Dia De Los Muertos

in the Scott Theatre

Presented by Sol Ballet Folklorico. Performance 7pm. For more information call 817-658-0012 or visit

— November 7

Marita and Valeriy Vaskov are international artists living in Lisbon, Portugal and are members of the Portugal Fine Art.

The Greatest Gift Catalogue Ever Kickoff Event

Meeting in the Middle: Mosaics

The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever allows the “shopper” to find 30 unique charitable giving opportunities from 15 charities in Tarrant County. 100% of the tax-deductible donations will go directly to the designated organizations. For tickets and information visit

by Marita and Valeriy Vaskov

by Shelly Hamill

Shelly Hamill draws inspiration from traditional evening gown designs, and then works to recreate those designs to harness and convey femininity out of nontraditional materials of mosaic tile and reclaimed fixtures.

Thru December 27

Live Vividly by Jane Hansen


— October 18 & 19

The Premiere Texas Event for Followers!

— Thru October 30

12:15 to 12:45pm with Kadampa Buddhist Teacher, Kyle Clanch. Let go of your stress and concerns, unwind, and enjoy a place of peace at the end of your work week. Join us for a relaxing lunchtime break with a half-hour session of guided breathing meditation. Everyone is welcome! $5.

Bring your lunch and enjoy this energizing and uplifting dance experience from 12-1pm, free of charge.

All Follow's Eve

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is pleased to announce the opening of ARTshop, a small gift shop comprised of unique artist-made pieces. Just in time for your holiday shopping, come in to find original jewelry, ceramics, glass, weavings, woodwork, metalwork, wearable art, handmade prints and cards, photography and other fine art and craft works.

Every Thursday

Lunchtime Theatre

TAC Featured Artist Jane Hansen uses art as a constructive and positive force in her life to counteract a chronic illness. With her extensive art collection as an inspiration, she explores new media and techniques.

in the galleries of the Arts Center

— November 7

From Hand to Computer-Assisted Loom: Following the Thread with Betty Vera in the Sanders Theatre

Presented by the Fort Worth Weaver’s Guild. This slide talk will explore the relationship between my hand-woven tapestries and my more recent body of work consisting of computer-assisted weavings.” This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information visit

November 8-29

Lap Ngo’s Studio Exhibit

The Artists at Lap Ngo Studio are from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and ages who regularly meet to paint, share their different artistic experiences, concepts and techniques.

— November 8-29

50K: At this Place and Time by James M. Behan

Through the lens of his Irish heritage, Behan’s work serves as a meditation on the ideas behind the worldview expressed through Catholicism.

November 9 & 10

December 19-23

in the Scott Theatre

in the Scott Theatre

Peace be Still Presented by Crying Knowledge Productions. Peace Be Still is a powerful story about love, hate, tolerance, and one's breaking point. For tickets and information visit or call 214-440-6568. Photos, book signing and refreshments offered after each performance.

— November 15-24

— December 21

Presented by Stolen Shakespeare Guild.

in the galleries at the Arts Center

in the Sanders Theater

9 x 12 Works on Paper Show A Fractional Whole

Artists Mary Rabalais Collins, Carter Johnson Martin, Cari Davis and Sarah Gentry display their artwork.

— November 8-December 28


by Jamie Kirkland, Focus Gallery One

Santa Fe artist Jamie Kirkland explores in paint the vast horizons of the Southwest, the thunderstorms and the constantly changing light show of sunset.

Presented by Kids Who Care. For tickets and information visit or call 817-737-5437.

Pride and Prejudice — December 6-28

— November 8-29

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The 9 x 12 Works on Paper Show is a treasure-trove of small art from across the country, as artwork is mailed in 9 x 12 envelopes.

The Eleven by Libba Davis

Paintings of eleven visions which were presented during dreams or in times of meditation in the year 2012.

— December 7-15

The Littlest Wiseman in the Scott Theatre

Kids Who Care Family Fun Day! “Family Day at the Scott Theatre” will transform Fort Worth’s Community Arts Center into a Sugar Rush wonderland with candy-coated fun for all ages. For tickets and information visit

— December 28

The Awakening in the Scott Theatre

Designer, artist, and writer, Antonio Wingfield, uncovers the destructive link between the Black community and it’s perceptions of beauty with this thought provoking and controversial production. A psychological love story…a fashion opera.

The Arts Center is a beautiful & unique venue for your event or holiday party!

Presented by The Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir. The Littlest Wiseman is a play pageant of the Nativity and is presented as a Christmas gift to the community through a grant from the Walsh Foundation. For free reservations visit or call 817-924-3640.

— November 8-December 20

In the Spirit of the Moment by Jerry Smith Focus Gallery Two

Plano artist Jerry Smith examines how Pop Culture has reduced traditional sacred iconography to sentimental kitsch, even as it raises kitschy mundane “Jesus in my toast” images to the level of revered sacred icons.”

For event booking information: 817-298-3026 or For gallery information: 817-298-3021 or

Art & Events Worth Going to See In the heart of the Cultural District 1300 Gendy St. 76107

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Give the Gift of Artwork this Holiday Season Visit and shop these local galleries! Artspace 111 Galerie Kornye West Gallery 414 McAnthony’s Multicultural Studio Rebecca Low Sculpture Gallery


The Upstairs Gallery Weiler House Fine Art Gallery William Campbell Contemporary Art

September 15, 2013–January 5, 2014

MÉXICO INSIDE OUT: Themes in Ar t Since 1990 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 3200 Darnell Street Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817.738.9215

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Edgardo Aragón, Tinieblas, 2009. C-print. 106 3/8 x 70 7/8 inches. Edition 2/5 + 2 AP. Courtesy of Proyectos Monclova. © Edgardo Aragón Generous support for the exhibition México Inside Out provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Catalogue support provided by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. Additional support provided by the Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, Conaculta, and Aeromexico. Promotional support provided by WFAA-TV and the Star-Telegram.

The Age of

The Renzo Piano Pavilion

Picasso and Matisse

Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago

Opens November 27, 2013

Through February 16, 2014

Kimbell Art Museum Presented by:

The Leo Potishman Foundation Photo by Robert Polidori

Join the Celebrations! Become a Member to attend Free

The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Grand Opening Previews and receive 12 months of Free Tickets for

Image: Pablo Picasso, The Old Guitarist, late 1903–early 1904, oil on panel. The Art Institute of Chicago. Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection. © 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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IN THE LAST From eclectic art galleries, noted museums, iconic eateries and shops, to a legendary music venue - Camp Bowie District is home to more than 800 businesses encompassing a 9-mile stretch, which extends from University to 820.


The District is a not-for-profit public improvement organization dedicated to beautification projects, promoting its businesses, spurring economic development, and hosting community events such as the Fort Worth Music Festival, Camp Bowie Christmas, Glory Days Classic Car Show and more. Since its inception, beautification has been a significant part of the Boulevard's revitalization. CBD has created pocket-parks, installed benches, and planted over 200 trees and native grasses in medians.



plant life will include:

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Completion of a $500,000 project funded by TxDOT for improvements to the median along 2.3 miles of Camp Bowie West.


Received a $400,000 grant from TxDOT for beautification funding in the Camp Bowie West zone. The project will establish lush landscaping, as well as a gateway from Camp Bowie to the overpass at 820.

















The TxDOT project is scheduled to begin within the next year, and will include a significant amount of trees, grasses and flowers. Fall 2013




Rewind, Fast Forward Fort Worth We may have lost three giants, but a new generation is here to pick up the slack.



This year Fort Worth lost three irreplaceable arts leaders. Nancy Lee Bass, “the first lady of Fort Worth,” as she was commonly known, helped build the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and was largely responsible for its home: the beautiful Bass Performance Hall downtown. She was 95. Van Cliburn, who shocked the world in 1958 by winning the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, was the man behind the Cliburn Foundation and the International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, the largest and most prestigious contest of its kind in the world. He was 78. And Ruth Carter Stevenson, Amon Carter’s daughter, is the reason Amon Carter Museum of American Art is the internationally renowned institution it is today. She was 89. And while Bass, Cliburn, and Stevenson cannot be replaced, Fort Worth has been blessed with a new generation of arts leaders, ones who while clearly lacking the kind of social clout and financial wealth wielded by the big three are equally full of love of culture and love of Fort Worth. Artes de la Rosa has never been buzzier, thanks to Adam Adolfo, who since taking over as artistic director in 2011 has been pumping out family-friendly yet edgy fare in the theater-starved North Side at Rose Marine Theater, Artes de la Rosa’s home. Offering Latino-ized versions of classics, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, In the Heights, and, most recently, Romeo and Juliet, has allowed Adolfo and company to introduce exceptional work to new audiences while wowing old audiences with






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contemporary, urban flavor. There’s nothing else like Artes de la Rosa around, and Adolfo is to thank. Fifteen years ago, TCU alum Todd Camp started what would become the largest queer film festival in the Southwest, Q Cinema, and even though he’s no longer spearheading the organization (but is still on the board), he remains as active as ever in the community. Via Q Live!, the live-performance offshoot of Q Cinema which he co-founded in 2010 with Fort Worth actor/comedian Kyle Trentham, Camp has been cohosting weekly comedy open-mics at Embargo downtown and producing stage works, including Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. “Visibility has helped make life for LGBT folk in Cowtown measurably better, and I’m very proud of the fact that a whole new generation, though occasionally oblivious to our past struggles, can benefit from our progress and continue to make a better future for us all,” Camp said. With nothing but a few dollars and a lot of chutzpah, 30-year-old conceptual artist Lauren Cross created a first-of-its-kind gallery in North Texas. WoCA stands for “Women of Color Artists,” and the Race Street studio and art gallery lives up to its moniker, offering regular exhibits by women of color from all over, not just Fort Worth. “I’ve always loved Fort Worth as an arts community, and to feel like you’re contributing to that by adding something different and new was very powerful,” she has said.



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Hearts of Gold The Arts Council of Fort Worth honors Louise Carvey and Val Wilkie, two outstanding patrons.

To celebrate its golden 50th anniversary, the Arts Council of Fort Worth honored two longstanding arts patrons at a luncheon at the Fort Worth Club in September. Louise Carvey and Val Wilkie received the first Heart of Gold Awards, established to pay tribute to individuals who have played a crucial part in building the city’s now-thriving arts community. Carvey is a longtime board member of the Fort Worth Opera who is involved in numerous other philanthropic endeavors. Wilkie is the retired executive director of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation who was crucial in the planning and development of Bass Performance Hall. Arts Council President Jody Ulich said she solicited nominations from different arts organizations and community leaders, and the names “Carvey” and “Wilkie” came up repeatedly. “Over and over, arts organizations actually described [Carvey and Wilkie] as being the heart of their organizations, so it turned out to be an incredibly perfect fit,” Ulich said. “Both of them have been so deeply involved in a lot of different arts organizations for a very long time.” Carvey cultivated her love for the arts growing up on a ranch in the Texas panhandle. Her mother was a piano teacher, and she listened to opera on the radio. “I grew up with [my mother] playing the piano and all of us in the family singing around the piano bench,” Carvey remembered. After studying voice and drama at Southwestern University in Georgetown, she moved with her husband to Fort Worth in the 1960s. She became involved in the arts as both a patron and performer, singing in the opera chorus. Then in 2000 she was asked to be on Fort Worth Opera’s board of directors. Aside from being a reliable volunteer and an ever-present face at arts fundraisers, she has hosted competitors of the International Van Cliburn




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Piano Competition and held season tickets to the Cliburn, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, The Texas Ballet Theater, and Fort Worth Opera. Suzy Williams, Fort Worth Opera’s director of development, was one person who nominated Carvey for the award, saying Carvey exemplifies the perfect volunteer. “She is passionate, committed to our Fort Worth Opera, but more than that, she is constantly active and always involved,” Williams said. “She is a lovely, gracious lady who the Fort Worth community is so lucky to call their own.” Wilkie, a native New Englander, came to Fort Worth in 1973 to assume the position of executive director of the Sid Richardson Foundation. He said one of his greatest achievements was providing leadership in the development of plans for Bass Hall. “It has been a central part of the growth of the arts over the years,” he said. Wilkie has also been an ardent supporter of youth arts organizations such as the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and Imagination Celebration. “It’s so important to have opportunities for children to become interested in and involved in the arts,” he said. When children are engaged at an early age, he said, the arts “can become a wonderful part of their lives in the future.” Businessman Ed Bass, who also nominated Wilkie, said that his guidance to arts leaders in Fort Worth have helped strengthen the community. “In his four decades leading the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Val has not only administered a very significant and thoughtful grant program for the arts but also put a great deal of himself into advising, guiding, and mentoring the leaders and boards of these organizations,” Bass said. “This combination played no small part in building the vibrant and strong arts community we have in Fort Worth today.”


Thru November 16, 2013

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