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Red Dress Exhibit 

Exhibit Reservation Link      Panel Reservation Link

We Ride For Her team will host several events during the
festival’s run. On Saturday, March 9, the Medicine Wheel Riders will embark on a Medicine
Wheel Ride through Austin on motorcycles lent by Harley-Davidson®, departing at 12:30pm
from Cowboy Harley-Davidson® of Austin. The ride will end at 4:30pm at The George
Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, where the team behind We Ride For Her has organized a Red Dress Exhibition, featuring empty red dresses hanging through the museum’s lobby as a visual representation of the spirits of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2Spirit individuals, inspired by the work of Métis artist Jaime Black. Upon the culmination of the ride at the museum, the community will celebrate the exhibition’s opening with a reception and remarks. The Red Dress Exhibition will remain open to the public from March 9 through April 6, 2024.

On Sunday, March 10, at 3:00 PM, following the film’s premiere, Level Forward will present a conversation at the The George Washington Carver Museum, ignited by the topics and themes of We Ride For Her. This event will excavate and amplify the roots of Black, Brown, and Indigenous solidarity as well as uplift the community ownership model deployed by We Ride For Her, centering equity, transparency, and wealth sharing.


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Folktales Book Club

This March, Folktales Book Club will be reading, "The House of Eve" by Sadeqa Johnson.  The book club will meet via zoom on Friday, March 16, 2024 at 6PM.  

Interested in Folktales Book Club? Contact Peggy Terry at

Create & Heal: The Art of Reverence

Join us on March 23rd from 10am-12pm for the first Create and Heal field trip at the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Please arrive at 2310 San Gabriel Street, Austin, TX 78705 by 9:45 AM to join the tour which will start promptly at 10:00 AM. For this Create & Heal, we encourage atendees to wear white clothing.

Patrons will get a private guided tour, which includes the slave quarters, a Q& A session, ancestral tribute and lunch. Limited ticket availability! Free for the first 30 patrons to arrive at the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Regular museum fees apply after the first 30 entries are claimed.

For more information please contact

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Joyous Tutoring Youth Chess Nights 

Joyous Tutoring presents free monthly chess lessons at the Carver Museum ATX! This offering will bring community youth together, ages 7-18 to participate in a classic African-American pastime that enriches youth socially and academically. Join us on Thursday, February 29th for the first chess night of the season! Reservation Link 

Full season schedule below:

February 29, 2024
March 28, 2024
April 25, 2024
May 30, 2024
June 27, 2024
July 25, 2024
August 29, 2024 - Block Party!
September 26, 2024
October 24, 2024


January 2024
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December 2023

The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center is honored to host Austin-based artist, Deborah Roberts, for a signing of her new monograph, Deborah Roberts: Twenty Years of Art/Work on Saturday, December 2, 2023! Published by Radius Books, the expansive monograph contains new texts that dive into Roberts’ archive and offers a comprehensive view of one of today’s most significant artists and social observers. An extensive plate section is accompanied by a personal, heartfelt foreword from Dawoud Bey on “the tragic mischaracterization of Black children”; an insightful essay from Ekow Eshun on the social and political histories of innocence, race, and the fractured nature of the contemporary Black experience; a celebratory tribute from Carolyn Jean Martin on the musicality, humility, and generosity of Roberts’ practice; and a free-ranging conversation between Roberts and Sarah Elizabeth Lewis. More info here!

📅 Saturday, December 2, 2023

🕧 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

📍 The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702


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This 5-week class is an introduction to fall vegetable and herb gardening taught by Master Gardener Harve' Franks. Participants will learn about what plants grow best in during the fall season in Central Texas.
Students will also learn how to cultivate the soil, propagate seeds, harvest plants, compost and design fall vegetable and herb gardens. Additional topics will include culinary mushroom inoculation processes, medicinal plant usages, and the folklore surrounding them

Register today!

Wednesday, 11/15 Session 1

 Wednesday, 11/22 Session 2 

Saturday, 12/02 Session 3

Saturday, 12/09 Session 4

Saturday, 12/14 Session 5

*Class starts promptly at 10:00am- 12:00pm.


Silver Bell Social

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It's that time again! The holidays are upon us and the magic never stops at the Carver. The George Washington Carver Ambassadors have teamed up with the Carver Museum ATX to bring you the Silver Bell Social!

Join us on Wednesday, December 13th from 3-5PM for the Silver Bell Social featuring musical performances by Dr. Jeremy George, Pamela Hart, Ryan D. Howard, and Brannen Temple! Reception to follow. Call 512-974-4926 to RSVP.

📅 Wednesday, December 13, 2023

⌚ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

📍 George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78702


Santa Special

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The George Washington Carver Ambassadors have teamed up with the Carver Museum ATX to bring you the Santa Special! Join us on Saturday December 17th from 1-3PM for free photos with Santa and goodie bags at Santa Special!

RSVP call 512-974-4926 by Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023.

📅 Saturday, December 16, 2023

🕧 1:00 - 3:00 PM

📍 George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center - 1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702

This event is free and open to the public.


November 2023

Small Black Museum Residency Project Virtual Application Information Session

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Do you have questions about your Small Black Museum Residency Application? The Carver is hosting a virtual info session on Monday, November 7, 2023 from 6-7:30PM. Pop in and ask the Carver Museum Exhibits Coordinator your questions and say hello!

Meeting Link


Monthly Chess Lessons

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Joyous Tutoring presents free monthly chess lessons at the Carver Museum ATX! This offering will bring community youth together, ages 7-18 to participate in a classic African-American pastime that enriches youth socially and academically. Join us on Thursday, November 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM for the final Youth Chess Night of the year! Reserve your spot now! 

📅Thursday, November 9, 2023
⌚6:00 - 8:00 PM
📍George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angeling Street, Austin, TX 78702


Austin Studio Tour 2023

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The Carver Museum is excited to partner with Big Medium for this year's Austin Studio Tour! This month, we are hosting the group show featuring all participating artists in our gallery as well as the launch party on November 1 from 8-10pm.

Divided into three categories, tour-goers can select between Artists that include studios or spaces featuring one or more artists, Dedicated Art Spaces that have Arts programming year-round, or Temporary Art Experiences with group exhibitions or space interventions created for the tour.

Free and open to the public, the studio tour combines the former East and West Austin Studio Tours into one citywide event presented across three weekends in November.

Weekend 1: November 4-5 (WEST of IH-35) 12 – 6pm

Weekend 2: November 11-12 (WEST & EAST) 12 – 6pm

Weekend 3: November 18-19 (EAST of IH-35) 12 – 6pm


Legacy Crafts

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The Carver Museum presents Legacy Crafts: Sewing 101! In this 6-week series, students will learn the basics of sewing by completing individual projects that are part of traditional African American history and culture. Instructor, Archette of GeNell’s Custom Designz will guide students through weekly, customizable projects including shopping bags, holiday stockings, aprons, and pillows . Students are required to have their own machines and supplies. Register today!

Class dates and project schedule below:

Thursday, 11/16 Session 1
Monday, 11/20 Session 2
Thursday, 11/30 Session 3
Thursday, 12/7 Session 4
Thursday, 12/14 Session 5
Thursday, 12/21 Session 6

*Class starts promptly at 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Students are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to set up machines.


The Fine Art of Horticultural 

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This 5-week class is an introduction to fall vegetable and herb gardening taught by Master Gardener Harve' Franks. Participants will learn about what plants grow best in during the fall season in Central Texas.
Students will also learn how to cultivate the soil, propagate seeds, harvest plants, compost and design fall vegetable and herb gardens. Additional topics will include culinary mushroom inoculation processes, medicinal plant usages, and the folklore surrounding them. Register Today!

Class dates and project schedule below:

Wednesday, 11/15 Session 1
Wednesday, 11/22 Session 2
Wednesday, 11/29 Session 3
Wednesday, 12/06 Session 4
Wednesday, 12/13 Session 5

*Class starts promptly at 5:30pm - 7:30pm. 

Children in Nature's Workshop

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Join us for a day of fun, interactive workshops at Children in Nature's Workshop!

We’re so excited to be back with new inspiration, fresh energy, and incredible instructors to kick off our signature full day event for children and teens called “Exploring Receptivity.”

Our theme encompasses openness to receiving the essence of the earth and sharing our true selves by embracing all beings equally. You don't want to miss this! RSVP today.

📅Saturday, November 11, 2023
⌚10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
📍George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78702


An Evening with Vievee Francis and Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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Torch Literary Arts presents Vievee Francis, author of The Shared World, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths, author of Promise, for a public reading ahead of the Texas Book Festival. Books are available for purchase in advance from BookPeople (Texas Book Festival offical bookseller) and everywhere books are sold. Refreshments by Mashae's Catering will be provided. RSVP here.

Reading & Reception

📅 Friday, Nov. 10th

🕧 Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.

📍 George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center - 1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Torch Literary Arts is a proud community partner of Texas Book Festival.

October 2023

Create & Heal 

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Join our next Create and Heal on Thursday, October 5, from 7-9PM, with holistic practitioner and yoga instructor, Ceiramoni West, as she facilitates The Art of Kemetic Yoga. Journey through a relaxing and rejuvenating connective experience with Nature, Kemetic Yoga and Sound Healing, to help one release all tension and activate energy centers. Ultimately managing stress levels and rebalancing self. During this experience one will connect with nature, through movements, postures, slowly breathing techniques and receive medicinal music via Sound Bowls, Ancestral/Steel Drums, Flutes and Hand gongs. Bringing forth Balance and More Harmony in one's life. If you are called to tap into the Ultimate Self Love that lives within you.

The Carver Museum has 15 yoga mats for reservation during the event at no cost, first come first serve. Select the GA with Free Yoga Mat Reservation ticket to reserve yours, while supplies last. Recommended, towel, refillable water bottle, yoga blocks if needed, and yoga mat.

Kemetic Yoga emerged from one of the oldest known civilizations which is ancient Egypt, properly called Kemet. The practice was developed by studying, translating and interpreting the hieroglyphic texts of Kemet and the images of Yogic postures that are clearly pictured on the walls of the Kemetic temples.

Artifcts at the Genealogy Center

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Did you know the Carver's birthday is coming up?! Join us on our 43rd birthday, Thursday, October 5, 2023 and bring your old photos, slides or documents to scan and preserve your family memories! Artifcts and Vivid-Pix have teamed up with Carver Museum ATX for a FREE community outreach event in Genealogy Center. Learn how to create family stories through the digitization of your photos, enjoy educational presentations, and share your photos, objects, recipes, genealogy research, and more with community. Preserving Black history and the legacy of our contributions to Austin's culture is crucial, and we are proud to present this free resource to you. Register today!

📍 Things to bring include your photos, documents, and small mementos, along with a flash or thumb drive to save your images to. Help will be provided by event staff.

📍 Before you arrive, download the free Artifcts app from AppStore or Google Play, and create your free account so you're ready to Artifct.

Sign up for one of the three sessions offered, RSVP link in bio:
10:00 AM -12:00 PM
1:30 PM -3:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Field Order 15 and Other Broken Promises - Public Hearing

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America has an unpaid moral debt to the generations of enslaved Africans forcibly brought to the United States. Are you a person of African descent? Do you have evidence of this debt? Are you able to provide public testimony?

On Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, the Carver Museum will be accepting evidence for consideration. Personal belongings, memorabilia, films, music, artifacts, and newspaper clippings are just a few examples of items that can be submitted into evidence. Become a part of the Field Order 15 exhibition and participate in a public hearing to reconcile America’s debt.

2023 Pumpkin Carver

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Join us on Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 12-3 PM at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center for the annual Pumpkin Carver! This free, family-friendly event is chalked full of fall fun. The Carver will supply free pumpkins (2 pumpkins per family, while supplies last), carving kits to use on site, goodie bags, food, and drinks! There will be a costume and pumpkin carving contests for prizes, face painting, fun activities, music, and more!

** Alternative sensory friendly activities will be offered in the Carver dance studio. Capacity limited, rotating sessions to accommodate need.**

This year we have also partnered with the Roots and Wings Festival to bring the Carver community a hands-on art activity! "See You Later, Pollinator" will be an art station at the Pumpkin Carver on Saturday, October 21, from 12-3PM. This family friendly, hands-on art activity aims to teach the community about the importance of pollination and plant life in Austin parks and green spaces!

Guided by local Black artist, Brandon Madyun and local Black urban gardener, Tanzia Karim, participants can choose a pollinator to paint and learn facts about the winged creatures who keep native central Texas plants and trees healthy. Add your pollinator painting to an existing mural or take it home as a keepsake!


September 2023

 Black Classicists Exhibit Reception

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You are warmly invited to a reception to celebrate the exhibition, “Black Classicists in Texas” (BCATX), which will take place on Friday September 8th, 5-8pm, in the atrium of the Carver Museum. Appetizers and a limited bar will be provided. The event is free and open to the public; please spread the word and bring your family, friends, and colleagues. The reception is sponsored by the Department of Classics, the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Texas at Austin.

“Black Classicists in Texas” opened simultaneously at the Benson Collection, Huston-Tillotson Library, and the Carver Museum in April 2023 and will run until December 22nd, 2023. For more information please visit the project website at or listen to a story about the exhibition on Texas Standard.


Field Order 15 

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America has an unpaid moral debt to the generations of enslaved Africans forcibly brought to the United States. Are you a person of African descent? Do you have evidence of this debt? Are you able to provide public testimony?

On September 14, 2023, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, the Carver Museum will be accepting evidence for consideration. Personal belongings, memorabilia, films, music, artifacts, and newspaper clippings are just a few examples of items that can be submitted into evidence. Become a part of the Field Order 15 exhibition and participate in a public hearing to reconcile America’s debt.

RSVP to submit evidence.

Folktales Book Club 

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Join the Folktales Book Club on September 15th to discuss by Symphony of Secrets: A Novel by Brendan Slocumb in the Carver Conference Room. Interested in participating? Email Peggy Terry at  

Folktakes Book Club meets monthly on the third Friday of the month. Literary works from Black authors are selected for the year, and discussed as a group virtually or in person, depending on the club schedule. 

4th Saturday Genealogy Seminar

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Join us for September's 4th Saturday Genealogy Seminar on "Beginning DNA" with Alan Rabe.

What can I learn about my ethnicity percentages? How are the people who are identified as DNA matches determined? How good is the relationship estimate to those persons? What companies do DNA tests? How can I get a detailed health report from my DNA for $12. These questions will be answered and any others you may have in this class that gives you a good introduction to Beginning DNA -- what it is and how DNA testing can help you in determining family relationships and building your family history.

RSVP here.

Carver Community Engagement - ATX Music Hubs

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Join us on September 30th 11:00AM at the Asian American Resource Center for a Carver Community Engagement event to learn about ATX Music Hubs and provide important input that will help to develop creative entrepreneurs in music, film/video, and creative technologies at three PARD cultural centers: the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC); the George Washington Carver Museum (Carver); and the Asian American Resource Center (AARC).

The City is interested in providing underserved local musicians and artist communities with resources to: perform, rehearsal, live stream, and record, along with providing artists with assistance in business development, marketing and other entrepreneurial needs.

The first community meeting will take place before focus groups are held and will provide the community with an understanding of what a music hub is, the process that will take place to assess the needs and create a plan for one and provide an opportunity to network with musicians and other key stakeholders and identify possible individuals for focus groups and small group sessions.

Cultural Center Community Meetings

September 9th 11:00AM -AARC Community Engagement

September 30th 11:00AM - Carver Community Engagement

September 30th 2:00PM - MACC Community Engagement

* All Community Engagement Forums will be held at the Asian American Resource Center 8401 Cameron Road, Austin Texas

August 2023

Back to School Drive

It's that time again! Join us this Saturday from 11AM - 3PM for the 13th annual R.O.S.E.S. Back to School Drive hosted by Black Women in Business! B.W.I.B. has been a long-time community partner of the Carver, and we are honored to support the success of this youth initiative. This incredible event helps to provide over 1000 students with backpacks filled with school supplies, giveaways, family resources, and ice cream by y What's Da Scoop Ice Cream & Treats !!🍦🍧🍨

We look forward to seeing all your smiling faces!

Opening Reception

Join us on Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 6-8 PM for the opening reception of Field Order 15: And Other Broken Promises.

An extension of the February 2023 satellite exhibit in collaboration with the Long Center, Field Order 15: And Other Broken Promises examines the paradox of American exceptionalism and the call for reparations. This exhibit engages artists of African descent around the concept of repair. Eleven artists were asked to consider what is required for America to atone for the continued denial of full citizenship to Black people and what repair would feel like in the body. Themes in the exhibit are presented through a series of short film-based vignettes devised around a series of prompts and displayed next to sculptural and two-dimensional works that explore repair, identity, and contradiction. Works by Alexis Hunter, Tia Boyd, Queen Deelah, Elizabeth Hudson, Kemi Yemi-Ese, Chris Hill, Moyo Oyelola, Joe Anderson, Carlton Wilcoxson, Elisha Luckett, Hakeem Adewumi, Ebony Stewart, Faylita Hicks, Raie Crawford, and Vincent Johnson. Light bites and refreshments, with a musical performance by DJ Shani. RSVP here.

Folktales Book Club

For the month of August,  Folktales Book Club will discuss, ROUGE JUSTICE:  A THRILLER written by Stacey Abrams.The book club will meet virtually via Zoom on Friday, August 18, at 6PM. If you're interested in learning more about the book club or attending please contact Peggy Terry at  

Genealogy Seminar

African American Research: Before and After Emancipation

Join us on Saturday, August 26 from 1-3PM, as we take a look at records specifically from African American ancestors. The seminar will explore the specific record groups that locate African Americans after emancipation, during the civil war, and during slavery. Debbe will share her African American genealogy research, and discuss strategies for moving forward. RSVP here.

Joyous Tutoring Presents: Black to School Block Party

Join us at the Carver on Thursday, August 31, from 6-8PM for a new event presented by Joyous Tutoring! We are super excited for our first annual Black to School Block Party!! To get kids hyped about this school year, we will be giving away swag from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and painting our own chess pieces -- all with a live DJ! RSVP below.

RSVP for the Black to School Block Party

July 2023


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July's Folktales Book Club will discuss "BLACK CANDLE WOMEN by Diane Marie Brown. Interested in attending and learning more about Folktales?  Contact Peggy Terry at

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Join us in the garden on Saturday, July 29 from 7-10pm to celebrate the closing of our exhibit, Small Black Museum Vol. 2. RSVP here.

Established in 2021, the Small Black Museum Residency Project supports an ever-evolving ecosystem of Black artists living and working in Central Texas. SBMRP seeks to cultivate early career artists by engaging them in critical conversations about their work, providing mentorship around the business of art, and preparing them to engage with a broad spectrum of institutions. This year's residency artists are Elizabeth Hudson, Alexis Hunter, and Elisha Luckett.

Juneteenth 2023


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Juneteenth commemorates the end of formal slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Abraha Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and more than one month following the end of the American Civil War. Colloquially known as “The Black 4th of July,” Juneteenth marks the beginning of an African American journey to carve a new place in society for free people to shape identities independent of racial caricature, eradicate slave culture, promote ethnic pride, and create economic prosperity.


The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, will host the fourth annual Stay Black and Live (SB&L) Juneteenth Festival from June 12-19, 2023. This year’s theme is Austin Family Reunion and will center local collaborations and partnerships with organizations and individuals making an impact. 

​“We are incredibly proud to continue Austin’s Juneteenth celebration and tradition at our historic museum,” said Carre Adams, Museum Director at the Carver Museum, “With a robust week of programming, we aim to honor the significance of Juneteenth as we foster a deeper understanding of our shared history. We invite the Austin community to join us as we commemorate this momentous occasion and bring Black history past, present and future to the forefront.”

From community kickbacks, dance parties, cookouts and live music to dynamic conversations with thought leaders, educators and public scholars, this year’s festival will be truly memorable.

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Free Your Mind Juneteenth Conversation Series 

Join us on Monday, June 12th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, for a conversation with Grammy-Award-winning Desoto, Texas, high school music teacher Pamela Dawson

On Thursday, June 15th, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, culinary food historian, James Beard Book Award recipient, and author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American History in the Old SouthMichael W. Twitty, will present a lecture on African-American foodways and contemporary abolitionist movements.

On Monday, June 19, from 1:00 pm  – 3:00 p.m., historian, legal scholar, New York Times Bestseller, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Dr. Annettee Gordon-Reed will speak about her book, On Juneteenth. 

This program has been generously sponsored by the City of Austin Equity Office and IKEA Round Rock. 


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Community Kickback and All-Ages Dance Party

On Friday, June 16th  from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., a multi-generational community kickback and dance party featuring a sensory station powered by Creative Action. We will give away glow sticks, kites, bubble guns, and more to attendees under a neon tent. High-energy sets by DJ Cysum and DJ Dontizl will keep the vibes high before closing out with a special edition of BodyRockATX. The one and only Queen Deelah will host the festivities and keep the party rocking all night long.

This program is presented in partnership with Creative Action.

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Community Cookout and Music Festival - 6/17

On Saturday, June 17th  from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., a community cookout and music festival will occur in the historic Rosewood Neighborhood behind the Carver Museum. Starting at 3 p.m., Lady Joy will host mid-day festivities while KAZI's Untapped DJs set the vibe and attendees eat smoked BBQ prepared by veteran pitmasters. Festival attendees can also check out the community vendor market, carnival games, educational workshops from Joyous Tutoring, Student ICONS, National Council of Negro Women, Greater Austin Business and Professional Women's Club, and Creative Action, along with film screenings in partnership with KLRU and PBS, and self-guided tours.

At 6 p.m., host Saul Paul will kick off the music festival with opening performances by Rochelle Snearl and Deric J. Lewis, Austin Samba, Sonia JevetteStretch Musik, and DJ Kay Kali. At 8:00 p.m., the funky, rocking, dancing, soulful mega band GAPX-The Band brought to life by original members of the legendary group "The Gap Band," will serenade Juneteenth festival goers for 90-minutes with chart-topping hits like Outstanding, and You Dropped a Bomb on Me


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Folktales Bookclub

For the month of June,  Folktales Bookclub will discuss, In Our Shoes: On Being a Young Black Woman in Not-So-Post-Racial America by Brianna Holt. The book club will meet virtually via Zoom. If you're interested in learning more about the book club or attending please contact Peggy Terry at  


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17th Austin Annual African American Book Festival


The 17th annual Austin African American Book Festival will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Carver Museum and Library. This year will feature award-winning authors Kwame Alexander, Gayle Jessup, Dr. Peniel Joseph, and Austin's own Anne Wynter. For people inspired to trace their own family odysseys, historian kYmberly Keeton, will host a genealogy workshop and suggest resources available locally and online.

The Austin African American Book Festival strives to build a love of reading and strengthen community by sharing literature by and about African Americans. The festival includes a vendor market place and a showcase where emerging writers will read from recent work. This event is free and open to the public. To learn more visit us online at:


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That's My Face

For June’s That’s My Face, CarverMuseumATX presents a documentary screening of "Amazing Grace Aretha Franklin" is honor of Black Music Month. The documentary presents Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972 recording what would become the bestselling gospel album of all time! Following the screening there will be a Community Q&A facilitated by Dr. Charles Carson. RSVP today!


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Black Girls in AI Coding Makerspace

Changing Expectations is looking for 10-15 Black female students between 8th and 12th grade to join the Black Girls in AI Coding Makerspace. Each team will attend a lunch meeting hosted by My Brother’s Keeper Coding Makerspace on AI. Meeting dates are June 17th and 24th, July 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

The student teams will meet via Zoom in between June and July. In-person meetings will occur every Saturday in August from 10 AM - 4 PM at the Carver Museum. Prepare for Al careers! Earn a digital badge from IBM, a $500 stipend, and tech prizes! To learn more about this incredible opportunity, visit the Black Girls in AI Coding Makerspace application.

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

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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.

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

Carver Summer Camp 2024

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Learn More!


Black History Month 

Black History Month 2023

Join us for the whole month of February at the Carver for an incredible calendar of events celebrating Black History Month! Here at the Carver, we celebrate Black History all year, but we're shining our brightest in February for our community. From African Drumming workshops to Black History Month Kid's Day, Carver Museum ATX is the place to celebrate Black History in Austin! Tap in to learn about all the exciting happenings all month long. 

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Black History Month 2022

 Digital illustration of the Carver Museum building in purple and yellow as a background, with “Black History Month” and a Calendar of the month of February with the following dates blocked out for the following events: 3: Create & Heal the Art of Movement, 5, 12,19: Trap Yoga, 11: Blood Fresh Book Club, 12: That’s My Face Black Love Vol. II, 15, 22: Sound Meditation, 18: Folktales Book Club, 19: BHM Block Party, 24: Peace to the Queen: Exhibit Opening, 26: BHM Kid’s Day.

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 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

Digital Kickback featuring DJ Shani


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