Through the preservation and exhibition of African American material culture, history, and aesthetic expression, the Carver Museum works to create a space where the global contributions of all Black people are celebrated. We accomplish this by telling stories about our local community and connecting those histories to larger narratives about Blackness. The Carver Museum is free and open to the public. Masks are encouraged inside the museum.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Boyd Vance Theatre renovation closure dates: August 2023 to March 2024 (anticipated). More information here.

For interest in the artifact(s) donation procedure please visit our Donations & Collection Information Page.

Black History Month 2024

"ARICAN AMERICANS AND THE ARTS"

freehand painted red, yellow, and green horizontal stripes housing the 2024 Black History Month national theme.

 

Two Births and the Afterlife

On view now through April 20, 2024

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Two Births and the Afterlife features a new body of work by Milwaukee-based artist Aimée M. Everett, exploring the profound transformations experienced during childbirth and the subsequent journey of self-discovery into motherhood. The artist delves into the poignant realization that with every birth, there exists a simultaneous death—the departure of one's former identity to welcome a new, evolved self. Everett vividly portrays the overwhelming joy and simultaneous dissolution of familiar aspects of identity. This body of work—employing abstraction, minimalistic line-making, saturated colors, and melodic compositions—serves as an emotional odyssey.  

The months following the birth unfolded into a challenging transition period.

The artist notes:

A child, my child, commands nurturing while I found my footing with the new identity of Mother. Interacting with a world that does not recognize or respect my new position made the days overwhelming and difficult. But with my child’s help, I am beginning to embrace the second Birth. She requires only my presence—a presence without armor. With honor and gratitude, I put to rest those former selves and thank them for making way for the new. In this second life, this second chance, I am free.  

The work in Two Births is rooted in a rich history of Black women artists working in abstraction. Communicating experience and emotion through a gestureless monochromatic blue color palette in Quiet Fog (2023) recalls the synesthesia-driven Minimalism of Jennie C. Jones; the geometrical repetition of Under These Stars I Lay to Rest (2023), is akin to Howardena Pindell’s emphasis on structure, process and arrangement; while Softening My Focus (2023) signals to Mary Lovelace O’Neal’s perfectly placed gestural marks, shapes, and colors that create innumerable zones of perception.

Also drawing inspiration from the rich cultural heritage of her birthplace, New Orleans—where the celebration of the dead coexists with a forward-looking perspective—the artist embraces this tradition within the exhibition. Through this work, the artist not only honors the past but also looks optimistically toward the future—a future filled with new beginnings, growth, and the endless possibilities of this second chance at life.

Two Births invites viewers to embark on a personal journey of empowerment and liberation, ultimately found through new Motherhood.   

Aimée M. Everett’s atmospheric works transcend language using abstraction, minimalism, saturated colorways, form, and texture. Her work explores personal and collective memory that is both critical and introspective. Everett’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States. Her work is held in collections at prestigious institutions in the U.S., France, and the United Kingdom. Aimée M. Everett is a native of New Orleans, LA and currently resides in Milwaukee, WI.

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Featured Events

THE GATHERING: A CULTURAL SYMPOSIUM FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2024  7PM-9PM RSVP HERE

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The Gathering is a celebration of queer BIPOC community with programming focused on nurturing the mind, body, and soul. We will kick off this cultural symposium with an intimate conversation with Marvin K. White and Samiya Bashir.

Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH KIDS' DAY! SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2024  11AM-3PM  RSVP HERE

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Join us for a fun-filled day of celebration and learning at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center! On Sat Feb 24, 2024, starting at 11:00 AM, we are hosting an exciting event dedicated to honoring and educating the little ones about the rich history of Black culture, with an emphasis on the 2024 Black History Month theme - African Americans and the Arts.

Bring your children along to immerse them in an interactive experience that will ignite their curiosity and appreciation for Black history. We have planned a range of engaging activities, including storytelling sessions, arts and crafts workshops, and interactive exhibits.

Let your kids explore the remarkable achievements of influential Black artists of all disciplines. Through hands-on experiences and creative play, they will gain a deeper understanding of the contributions made by Black individuals throughout history.

Mark your calendars and join us for a day of discovery, inspiration, and celebration at the Black History Month Kid's Day at the Carver! We can't wait to see you there!


 

Boyd Vance Theatre Renovation and Carver Improvements

Carver Museum Facility Expansion Plan

 


Exhibitions

Banner of Mandy from the African American Presence in 19th Century Texas exhibit

History, culture and art exhibits curated to educate and inspire. The Carver Museum has two rotating art galleries as well as four permanent exhibits honoring African-Americans in Austin and beyond.


Programs and Events

AKIRASH performs during the opening reception of his art exhibit, Majele (Venomous). January 2020.

The Carver provides culture and arts based programming free and for all ages to allow visitors to connect with community through special events and ongoing learning experiences. 


Education Programs and Services

Students enjoy HBCU Day 2020.

The Carver offers culture and arts classes and educational programs that will come to you.


Genealogy Center

Front of the Carver Genealogy Center

The Genealogy Center provides genealogy databases, workshops and seminars. All resources are free and open to the public.


Community Garden and Sunken Stage

Community members gathered around garden and empty pool with mural painted inside of it

The Carver community garden and sunken stage has breathed new life into the in the inactive Keeling pool. Recently repainted by Austin artist, Kelv Brown, this space is on its way to housing events in the fall. Renovated and reimagined by Greg Farrar, this space is outfitted by hand-made seating, greenhouses, and concession stands. Master Gardener Harve Franks tends the planter boxes, as we continue to uplift this hidden gem situated directly beside the Freedom Plaza behind the museum.


 

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