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Carver Museum Programming

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What's Happening this Month?

September Events


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Peace to the Queen will be closing on September 17th!

If you haven't had an opportunity to see this stunning collection of Jamel Shabazz's work, curated by Ja'Nell N. Ajani, now is the time. This exhibit spans decades of work by the New York based photographer and features and portraits of women of color at a moment when Black and Brown women are visibly leading global change. You don't want to miss this!


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September 16, 6 PM:Folktales Book Club

This month Folktales is reading Memphis: A Novel by Tara Stringfellow.

RSVP for Folktales Book Club.


September 15, 1-3 PM: 4th Saturday Genealogy: Intro to Family Search with Alan Rabe

This seminar will introduce FamilySearch, and explain its features and resources. Facilitator Alan Rabe will also explain the advantages of creating a shared tree.

Alan Rabe has been passionate about genealogy for over 50 years. Since retiring in 2014, he has added almost 10,000 names to Ancestry.com. He adds about 2,000 names to FamilySearch.org each year, and averages over 4 sources per name. Alan also works on making DNA connections, has done a Big Y test, and chairs the monthly DNA SIG. Alan Rabe currently serves as the President of the Williamson County Genealogical Society.

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October Events

Texas Music Museum Presents: 2022 International Music Festival 

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International Music Festival features diverse and accomplished Texas artists who perform authentic international–specific song, music and dance to promote appreciation of music and traditions from many cultures that are now part of the Austin and Texas ethnic fabric, including Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Indian sub-continent, Latin/Central/South Americas, and the Middle East. Join us at the Carver for this free, family-friendly event! October 1st & 2nd, 1pm - 5pm. 

Fall Learning Series: Adult Classes at the Carver

Fall Learning Series

Our Fall Community Education Series begins in October, and registration is open! We are offering three, 6-week courses, each one exciting and fresh in their own ways! This fall our class selections include Adult Homeopathic Herb Gardening with Carver’s own Master Gardener, Harv’e Franks, Digital Photography with incredible local photographer, Leta Kathryn Harrison, andan introductory DJ and Mixing class called Planting the Seed with local DJ and electronic musician, DJ Cysūm (AKA Devon Boyd). Learn more about registration, class rates, dates, and times here!

Create & Heal: The Art of Storytelling

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Join us on Thursday, 10/13/22 from 7pm-9pm for another edition of Create & Heal at the Carver, as we explore The Art of Storytelling with author, Paulette Tyson! The evening will begin with drumming and dancing, as we call upon our ancestors to guide us in an evening of creating and healing. Paulette will share her journey of becoming a published author and how writing can provide a creative and therapeutic outlet. This writing workshop will walk aspiring writers through the process of writing and publishing a book, followed by a book signing with Paulette Tyson. Register now!

2022 Austin Veteran Arts Festival

2022 Austin Veteran Arts Festival

Austin's 4th annual Austin Veteran Arts Festival will be taking place through the city October 12th-November 12th. The Carver is thrilled to be hosting four evenings of programming in the Boyd Vance Theater featuring performances by veterans and for veterans that promote wellness through the arts. 

Folktales Book Club

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October 21, 2022 @ 6:00 PM:Folktales Book Club

This month Folktales is reading The Great Mrs. Elias: A Novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud.

RSVP for Folktales Book Club.

The Pumpkin Carver! 

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The 2022 Carver Museum Pumpkin Carving event is upon us! "The Pumpkin Carver" is a free, all-ages event for the community to carve pumpkins, dress up in costumes, play games, dance, and just have fun! We'll have face painting, candy, food, music, costume contests, and more! 12-3 PM on Saturday, October 22, 2022. See you there! 

4th Saturday Genealogy Seminar: Beginning DNA

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For this seminar, Alan Rabe, President of the Williamson County Genealogical Society, will start with a description of what DNA is, how it is tested, and access to the Shared cM Project. This will explain the types of tests and also basics of using Relatives in Common. Some discussion about endogamy will be included.

29th Austin Film Festival at Carver Museum

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Join us during the 29thAustin Film Festival for a day of special FREE programming happening at the George Washington Carver’s Boyd Vance Theatre Saturday, October 29. We will be hosting aspecial screening of a film plus a panel discussion with panelists from this year’s Writers Conference. Exact details including times, participants and films will be released in the coming weeks. Log onto www.austinfilmfestival.com to find out all the details.

Ongoing Programs

Create & Heal

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Create and Heal is a program of the Carver Museum that focuses on helping our community process the continued state-sanctioned violence against Black and Brown people in the United States. Through this program, we partner with Austin-based artists and activists to provide workshops where participants can share their thoughts and feelings and create art.

Small Black Museum: a podcast

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Featuring stories from Black Austinites and contemporary shakers and makers, Small Black Museum is a podcast hosted by CarverMuseumATX. Our first episode, “Legacy, Legacy, Legacy!” features Stephanie Lang, Program Administrator for the Center for Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. You can listen to it on Soundcloud.

Our next segment of Small Black Museum features husband and wife hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm. We’ll be dropping it in late May. Until then, stay curious and elevate your own living archive!

Carver Studio Arts

The Carver Museum’s Studio Arts Program for adults was created as an inclusive place for the creation of artwork informed by and grounded in the history of Black art and artists. Courses are taught by local professional artists, include both history and technique of the medium, and are small in class size allowing for discussions, experimentation, and artistic development. Participants are also able to visit and be inspired by local and national artists’ work exhibited throughout the Carver Museum Art Galleries.

2022 course offerings include DJ 101, relief printing, digital photography, and Afrocentric drawing.

Summer Camp

Carver Camps 2022

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Carver Camps are back!

Online registration starts February 8

Program dates: June 6-August 12

Register here.

Parks and Recreation Summer Camp

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Parks and Recreation's socially distant summer camp starts on June 6 and goes until August 12!

More info here.

Black History Month

Black History Month 2022

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The CarverMuseumATX presents a community Block Party for Black History Month!

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Join us for music, food, and a Melanated Marketplace Vendors’ showcase with DJ Urban Mello! With special performances by Shelbi Alexandria, J. Mill, and Andre Taylor. Free and open to the public.

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Black History Month Kids’ Day! presents crafts, storytelling and activities to learn more about Black Heritage

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Something for the entire family! We're focusing on this year’s Black History Month Theme “Black Health and Wellness” and featuring special guests: Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Don Tate, Black Girls Who Run Austin, Christopher Isom-Youth MOVEment Instructor, and CDF Freedom Schools Austin

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Photographs by Madison Morris and Nicole Parker


Past Programs

Storytelling and the Social Landscape through the Photographic Lens


Timbuktu Y.O.U. Virtual After-School Program

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Timbuktu Y.O.U. is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and photography-based virtual after-school program that touches on SEL (social and emotional learning) as well as gardening and leadership with our youth participants.

The program is for 6th-8th graders and is especially geared towards students of color. All kids welcome. Its name is inspired by Timbuktu, the center of learning for centuries in Mali, West Africa an empire founded by Mansa Musa 1,800 years ago.

Timbuktu Y.O.U. program dates are September 21 - December 17, 2020.  Spaces are limited.  Sessions will be via Zoom Rooms.

Monday and Wednesday 4pm-6:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday 4pm-6pm

Important NOTE:
If interested in enrolling in all three sessions, $150 due in full upon registration.  For monthly payment options, enroll in individual sessions of interest.  Deadline for first session payment is upon registration (beginning August 18th).  Deadline for second session payment is Sept. 17th; and deadline for third session payment is October 15th. 

Timbuktu Y.O.U. will offer the following classes:

Click HERE for more information on how to register on Rectrac.  Click HERE for information on Financial Assistance through the City of Austin.  If financial aid approved email faith.weaver@austintexas.gov to let us know, so that it can be applied.  

We look forward to serving youth virtually with Timbuktu Y.O.U. afterschool.

Digital Kickback

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Digital Kickback is a music series showcasing Black Austin-based DJs, musicians, and audiophiles to help you shake off the work week. Every Friday from 5:30-6:30pm, the Carver will go Live on Instagram with a musician to set the soundtrack for your weekend.

Make sure you’re following us on Instagram and have notifications turned on so you don’t miss a beat!

Digital Kickback line up:
April 10: DJ Cysūm
April 17: DJ Shani
April 24: Stefon Osae
May 1: Charles Moon

Black to the Future: Book Club

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Black to the Future is a virtual book club focusing on works by Black authors on dystopian realities, alternate universes, and sci-fi. RSVP through Eventbrite here to access the web conferences.

Cover of Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler Black to the Future's first meeting is on April 28, 2020 from 7pm to 9pm and will discuss Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler. Butler is a renowned author and is the first science fiction author to ever receive the “Genius Grant.” Parable of the Talents is a science fiction novel set in a dystopian reality wherein the United States is governed by an extremist fundamentalist Christian group. In a stark comparison to the current political climate, this 1995 novel maintains its cultural relevance in a new decade by exploring the dynamics of power, control, and enslaved labor within America.

Conference information for discussions TBA.

Cultural Aptitude
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Cultural Aptitude is a conversation and training series designed to provide practical advice around navigating our new normal. Join us at 6pm on May 6 for a conversation with sustainability and self-sufficiency expert Christina Muhammad.

Phone conference info:

Phone number: 408-418-9388 // Access code: 622-275-062