As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. But not before one last evening of celebration, says the team at the Amon Carter. Fort Worth’s most social museum is gearing up to host its annual Party on the Porch, a free event that commemorates the end of summer and the closing weekend of this season’s exhibitions, Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, and Black Every Day: Photographs from the Carter Collection.
Taking place on Saturday, September 10 from 6 to 10 p.m., the entire community is invited to explore the galleries, chat with local artists, dance in the plaza, build a Venetian cityscape and end the night with an outdoor concert featuring Grammy-nominated country artist Brent Cobb. Food trucks will be stationed nearby ready to offer a variety of supplies for purchase for the perfect lawn picnic. Guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets, but the museum asks that Yetis, Igloos, and other coolers stay at home.
What originally began as a member appreciation event has evolved into an affair that draws in thousands, half of whom are first-time visitors to the museum, a statistic that delights Cliff Vanderpool, director of development and communication at the Carter. The museum is intentional about its programming, and Party on the Porch is no different. Above all else, the goal is to engage visitors.
“Our events cover all ages and interests. From the person who’s casually interested in art to those who are very serious about pursuing their knowledge of American art, we always want people to enjoy our space,” said Vanderpool.
He elaborates that museums are more than a place to display art- they are places for common ground. “Museums play a unique role in that they are uniting factors in our communities. Families, friends, or individuals can come together and be connected to their community on a deeper level through the story of American art.”
Those interested in connecting with their community at this year’s Party on the Porch are invited to RSVP for free online at cartermuseum.org. A free ticket is required for all ages to enter the event, including infants and toddlers. Carter members can expect to enjoy special benefits such as a meal provided by Esperanza’s and two drink tickets. Various membership levels are available for individuals and families. When you become a member, you’ll connect with art enthusiasts, get behind-the-scenes access to the museum and the art, and enjoy members-only events you won’t find anywhere else
See you on the porch.