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Carver Museum Programming

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Upcoming Programs


May 2023

Create & Heal: The Art of Manifestation 

Image of dandelion being blown in the wind On May 4 from 6 - 8 PM, join us for Create & Heal: the Art of Manifestation. It's a vision board party! Learn how to manifest good health, wealth and happiness at our next Create and Heal! Our May vision board party will inspire you to dream and take action. Bring a friend and enjoy refreshments, yesterday's R&B Classics, and a raffle surprise. Participants must RSVP to receive a vision board poster and are encouraged to bring magazines to share within the workshop. RSVP HERE!


three photos of youth playing chess

Joyous Tutoring continues its free monthly chess lessons at the Carver Museum ATX! We're bringing community youth together, ages 7-18, to participate in a classic African-American pastime that enriches youth socially and academically.

Beginning March 30, 2023, and every last Thursday of the month through September 28, 2023 from 6-7:30PM. Limited capacity, so reserve your spot now!

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Artifcts Series is back at the Carver! Family photos - you have 1000s of them, now what? How can you get them organized? We'll pass long resources and teach you how to effortlessly share special stories with Artifcts.
Join us in the the Carver Genealogy Center on Saturday, May 6, from 1-2 PM with A Workshop to Share the History and Stories Behind Family Photos! RSVP now for the May Artifcts Series Genealogy Workshop! Please have your photos ready to go and easily accessible on your phone, queued up in your email, or with you in- person to participate in workshop.


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Save the date for Tuesday, May 16, 3 - 5pm! In collaboration with the Women in Jazz Association, Inc., we present a "Spring into Jazz Concert" FREE for our elders, featuring the Pamela Hart Quartet, in the Boyd Vance Theatre.

Pamela Hart, Austin’s First Lady of Jazz, will be joined by Pianist Ryan D. Howard, Bassist Dr. Jeremy George, and Drummer Terrance McDaniel. The show will include Emcee Leon Roberts. RSVP here!

image of author, Tiya Miles and photo of book cover All the she Carried

Folktales Book Club will meet on Friday, May 19 from 6-8 pm to discuss "All That She Carried- The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake" by Tiya Miles in the Carver Conference Room. Interested in participating? Email Peggy Terry at

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

Sing for Brisco Center for American History

Join us May 20th for a Field trip to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, in conjunction with the Austin Genealogical Society. Time TBD. Check the Austin Genealogical Society Website for updates and time of event.

Flyer for Black Maker's Market Vendor Event

Our monthly Black Makers Market is back on May 20 from 12 - 4 PM at the Carver Museum for a celebration of Black creatives, music, food, and culture!

Come out and vibe out to some great music while supporting some of the finest Black vendors in ATX. Black Makers Market at the Carver is a celebration of Black creatives, music, food, and culture! You don't want to miss it! RSVP here.

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 2023

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Register for Carver Camps today!


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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photograph of Shelbi Alexander performing on stage and a child dancing in front of the stage


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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photograph of artist Don Tate drawing a cartoon image of a child in front of an audience of children

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
Cultural Aptitude bannfer featuring Christina Muhammad.


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