Arts Council of Fort Worth


Cultural District grant award of $225,000 Refik Anadol's - Pioneer Tower Dreams
Anadol's work incorporates artificial intelligence to interpret large data sets of individual images into a single, animated work, which will be projected onto four sides of Pioneer Tower

Arts Council of Fort Worth - Cultural District Grant Award

Texas Commission on the Arts Awards $225,000 to the Arts Council of Fort Worth for the Pioneer Tower Iconic Public Art Project

The Arts Council of Fort Worth is thrilled to announce a Cultural District grant award of $225,000 from the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) for a free community event that premieres art works by internationally recognized new media artists Quayola from Italy and Refik Anadol from Los Angeles, California. These new media works will be projected on all four sides of the historic Pioneer Tower at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, illuminating the 204-foot structure in the night skies of Fort Worth during the last weekend of February 2021. Combined with City of Fort Worth and other grant funds, this $1.2M project supports the creation and presentation of the first of four major Iconic Public Artworks that will be accessioned into the City of Fort Worth Public Art Collection, outlined in the 2017 Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan Update (  

Two years ago, the City of Fort Worth engaged local artists and co-founders of Dallas Aurora ( Joshua King (JTK Studios) and Shane Pennington (SP Studio) to assist with planning infrastructure improvements during the Pioneer rehabilitation project and the selection of New York-based new media curator to recommend artists for the premiere project. In May, Quayola and Anadol presented their proposals that involve the use of complex computer algorithms and artificial intelligence to interpret large data sets of images into vibrant composite works, which will be projected onto the Pioneer Tower, evoking Fort Worth’s natural beauty, rich diversity, and storied history.

The recently awarded grant is part of TCA’s Cultural District program, which funds programs and activities that encourage residents and tourists to spend time in State designated cultural districts, which in Fort Worth now includes two districts: the area south of West 7th Avenue and west of Downtown that features multiple museums and performance venues, and, as of this month, the Near Southside district. These are walkable areas with a high concentration of visual and performing arts organizations, creative industries, restaurants, and other cultural offerings.

In addition to the Texas Commission on the Arts grant, the Arts Council of Fort Worth received a National Endowment for the Arts $10,000 grant for the project. Support from local, state and national organizations is vital to the continued success of bringing great art to our community. The Arts Council of Fort Worth is currently seeking additional sponsorships for this ground-breaking event in February 2021. Those interested in supporting the arts in Fort Worth can contact Director of Advancement Wesley Gentle at  or 817-298-3029.   

About Fort Worth Public Art: Fort Worth Public Art is a City of Fort Worth program created to enhance the visual environment, commemorate the city’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, integrate artwork into the development of the City’s capital infrastructure improvements, and to promote tourism and economic vitality. Managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth with oversight of the Fort Worth Art Commission, FWPA strives for artistic excellence and meaningful community involvement. For more information, please visit

About the Arts Council of Fort Worth: The Arts Council of Fort Worth was formed in 1963 to provide funding and leadership to stimulate and assure the advancement of the arts throughout the Fort Worth. Today’s Arts Council continues to promote, nurture, and support the arts in Fort Worth by providing fiscal and business resources to local artists and arts groups while also serving the community through management of the Fort Worth Public Art Program and Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

The Arts Council of Fort Worth is supported in part by the City of Fort Worth and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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New and Improving playwright, Janae Hatchett and Production Manager Jason Leyva
New and Improving - Playwright, Janae Hatchett and Production Manager Jason Leyva


The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is proud to announce the Original Works Series' chosen selection. This is the inaugural selection for the Original Work Series, a theatrical program that provides an outlet for emerging and unpublished playwrights to showcase their work and see their play produced on a professional level. A panel of theater professionals reviewed all submissions and selected the top picks to receive staged readings in the Spring of 2020. Due to stay-at-home orders, these eight readings were held virtually and broadcasted live on the Arts Center's Facebook page.

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center's in-house theatre company, The Art Center Presents, will mount playwright Janae Hatchett's New and Improving. Jason Leyva, the Arts Center's Production Manager, said, "After years of cultivating arts organizations in our facility, many of whom have grown into some of DFW's most enriching theatrical operations, we feel it's time to invest in our efforts to supporting local playwrights and showcasing the storytelling talents of artists in our area. We hope this opportunity will act as a springboard onto the national stage and continue to bring awareness of our playwriting community, which is so deserving."

Selected Work: New and Improving by Janae Hatchett

Location: The Sanders Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Dates: March 2021

Playwright Bio:
A playwright and actor from Lubbock, Texas, Janae Hatchett completed her bachelor's degree in Theatre at Angelo State University, where her love for playwriting blossomed. New and Improving is her first full-length play.

She has also written a ten-minute play titled Would Not Recommend, which was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Stage It! 10 Minute Plays and produced as a full production for the Camp Death Productions Spring Benefit. She has also completed a one-act titled Signing Off and several sketches. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas, where she performs at local theatres, including Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, and Theatre Coppell.

Play Synopsis:
You know that geeky Mathlete who was picked on and shoved into lockers in high school? Well, now he's all grown up and going to therapy for depression and social anxiety. Thanks a lot, teenagers. Nathan is convinced to attend a therapy mixer to "get out there" and "be social" with his peers. He meets two forces of nature he didn't expect: Turk, a self-proclaimed ladies' man, and Piper, a sarcastic smart aleck. With as much grace as a palm tree in a hurricane, they shove Nathan into the dating pool with a young woman named Abby. After a horrible date, some soul searching, and an all-night coffee binge, Nathan leaps out of his comfort zone to embark on lasting relationships with his two new accomplices.