Exterior of Carver Museum with the slogan "Our People. Our History. Our Culture."

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.

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

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Boyd Vance Theatre renovation closure dates: June 2023 - March 2024

 

The Carver Museum is open to the public. Entrance is free and walk-ins are available. Masks are strongly encouraged inside the Museum.


OPEN CALL FOR VENDORS!

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The Carver Museum ATX hosts an annual Kwanzaa Ujsmaa Marketplace & Celebration, and we are looking for 15 Black vendors to highlight! Join us On Thursday, Dec. 29th, 2022 with your artisan inventory or small business, for an outdoor marketplace featuring Black vendors from 12PM- 4PM. No table fee!

** Please note that you must be able to arrive for setup at 10AM - 12PM, vend at the marketplace from 12PM - 4PM And breakdown at 4PM.

Application window closes at midnight on Thursday, Dec. 8th. Sign up here!


The Carver Museum and Cultural Center presents: The Department of the People Plus Process, under the Division of False Authority, a new exhibit by multimedia artist Moyo Oyelola.

The Department of the People + Process will open on Thursday, November 3, 2022, and run through Saturday, February 25, 2023  at the Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center. While on view, artist, Moyo Oyelola will announce processing dates as they approach for audience applications. This element of the exhibit is a live and interactive performance by the artist. Upcoming processing dates can be viewed here.

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"What does it mean to register your security, your car, and your life away to a greater authority? We all do it every day. Who does bureaucracy serve and does structure create or crush personal freedom? When does power become an enemy of progress?” questions interdisciplinary and performance-based artist Moyo Oyelola in his upcoming exhibit, The Department of the People + Process. 
 
Through multimedia displays and interactive performance art, this exhibition at the Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogical Center examines questions of authority and the self-sovereignty of the human journey. As bold as it is mischievous, The Department of the People + Process pokes at societal norms and invites attendees to reflect, dream and participate, offering an inspiring container for the reclamation and expression of self. This work evolves in real-time, extending the audience's experience from passive consumption to active participation as they answer the exhibit's questions and contribute to the narrative.   


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

On 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.


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

Programs and Events

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. 


Students enjoy HBCU Day 2020.

Education Programs and Services

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


Exterior view of the Carver Genealogical Center

Genealogy Center

The Genealogy Center provides genealogy databases, workshops and seminars for free.


Michael J. Love performs during Works in Progress. February 2020.

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