OUR STAFF . . .
The Arts Council provides professional program administration and was instrumental in the establishment of the Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) Program. In 2002, a unique partnership between the City of Fort Worth and the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County was formed to fulfill the vision laid out in the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan. FWPA is fully funded by the City of Fort Worth.
Martha Peters, Public Art Vice President
Appointed in 2003, Martha Peters is responsible for implementing the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan and staffing the Fort Worth Art Commission. Working collaboratively with city officials and the community, she has developed long range public art plans and manages large-scale public art projects. In her previous position as Administrator of the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places program (1991-2003), Peters managed nearly 100 public art projects for a wide range of city facilities. During her tenure, the program received the Texas Society of Architects’ Citation of Honor for contributions to the built environment in Texas. Peters served on Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council – an advisory body that develops national best practices for the field. In 2013, she received an Honorary Membership Award for outstanding service to the arts by the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute for Architects.
Anne Allen, Public Art Project Manager
Anne joins Fort Worth Public Art staff following a six-year term as Director of the Arlington Museum of Art. Prior to her tenure with the AMA, she served as Executive Director of The Old Jail Center in Albany, Texas . Her many talents include administrative management, grant writing, fundraising, marketing and programming. A passionate advocate of contemporary art, she is comfortably versed in regional art. Ms. Allen is a native of Fort Worth and a practicing artist.
Alida Labbe, Public Art Project Manager
Alida joined Fort Worth Public Art in early 2009 after more than eight years in various roles of the Architectural Design industry including furniture and art selection, private commissions, project coordination and Marketing. Alida studied architecture at Oklahoma State University, supports historic preservation and has love for modern art and architecture. In her time with FWPA, she has managed many successful projects, creating positive relationships with neighborhoods and community members across the city.
Jenny Conn, Public Art Collection Manager
A Fort Worth native, Jennifer Conn has worked with private and corporate collectors for over twenty-five years as a collection consultant and exihibition designer. In her private practice, she has focused on best conservation methods for collectors and artists and is committed to archival care and education. As Collection Manager, her responsibilities include the ongoing maintenance for the Public Art Collection; she supervises all conservation projects. Ms. Conn graduated with a BFA in studio art from Texas Christian University.
Kathleen Forrest, Public Engagement Coordinator
Kathleen Forrest joined the Arts Council in 2015 after working at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in membership and marketing. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Texas in Arlington, and a minor in studio art. As the Public Engagement Coordinator, Kathleen manages outreach and education for the Public Art program, and manages the Pre-qualified list of public artists.
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