Upcoming events

    • Friday, November 12, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Casa Manana

    Women in the Arts:

    The Transformative Role of Art in Culture and the Economy

    Friday, November 12, 2021

    9 am - noon

    Check-in, networking, and breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m.

    Casa Manana

    3101 West Lancaster Avenue

    Fort Worth, TX 76107

    The Women's Policy Forum 8th Annual Emerging Issues Symposium presented in collaboration with Amphibian Stage brings a timely and vital conversation on the role of women in the arts, and importance of arts in community building and the economy. Fort Worth is experiencing exponential growth and prosperity. Art is part of the key foundation of a healthy, productive, and inclusive city where creativity is valued.

    Hear from our keynote speaker Philippa Hughes, a noted social sculptor and cultural strategist leading creative placemaking projects across the US and overseas. Followed by Heidi Marquez Smith with the Texas Cultural Trust presenting information and findings from the 2021 State of the Arts Economic Impact Study. A panel of women arts leaders moderated by Jessica Fuentes, arts educator, community advocate, and artist, share their challenges and successes, both personal and in their role as community builders. In conclusion, our final panel discusses arts advocacy and growing dedicated arts support, highlighting Houston’s Project Row Houses and Fort Worth’s Near Southside.

    Our goal is to demonstrate how powerful women use their creativity to improve their communities, provide data-driven evidence of the economic and social value of the arts, and highlight strategies used by women in the arts to overcome challenges. We will end the morning with examples of successful public and private sector investment in the arts and a call to action for leaders in Tarrant County dedicated to making positive changes in their community.

    This event is made possible through the generous partnership of sponsors and underwriters. Proceeds from the Symposium benefit Women's Policy Forum Foundation. We are expecting an audience of more than 200 thought leaders, including representatives of leading private and public sector organizations throughout Tarrant County who are dedicated to making positive changes in their community. 

    We strongly recommend that attendees wear a face mask when not seated at their table eating or drinking. Masks will be available if needed. Tables will be spaced out and fewer attendees seated at each table.

    Please join us for an evening reception at Amphibian Stage at 6:30 pm. Plan to stay for the world premiere performance of EgressTicket price includes evening reception. Additional reception tickets for guests are available at $15 each.

    About Women’s Policy Forum 
    The Women's Policy Forum of Tarrant County is an organization of influential women who investigate and support policies and initiatives that will effect positive change for Tarrant County women and our community. Objectives are to increase the visibility of women in Tarrant County, foster relationships with others and assist in agenda building of our community and country.  

    About Amphibian Stage 
    Amphibian Stage is a non profit professional theater based in the vibrant South Main Village neighborhood of Fort Worth. Founded in 2000, Amphibian Stage‘s programming includes main stage plays, new play readings, stand-up comedy residencies, arts education for youth and veterans, as well as screenings of National Theater Live broadcasts from London.


Past events

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Fort Worth's City Council Redistricting Process
Thursday, September 23, 2021 News & Networking - COVID Update
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 Effective Advocacy
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 Girl Scouts Now and the Future
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 Celebrate Women's Policy Forum!
Thursday, June 24, 2021 News & Networking June 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021 News & Networking May 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Camp Fire First Texas: Early Education Apprenticeship Program
Thursday, April 22, 2021 News & Networking April 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 The Importance of Inclusive Design
Thursday, March 25, 2021 News & Networking March 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Moving People to Action
Thursday, February 18, 2021 News & Networking February 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Heart Health Awareness & Preventive Methods
Thursday, January 28, 2021 News & Networking January 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 January Membership Meeting
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 WPF Annual Holiday Celebration & Business Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 2020 News & Networking
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 November Policy Program & Virtual Luncheon
Friday, October 23, 2020 Women's Policy Forum 2020 Emerging Issues Symposium
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 **Date Change for News & Networking**
Wednesday, September 09, 2020 September Policy Program & Virtual Luncheon
Thursday, August 27, 2020 August News & Networking
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 August Policy Program & Virtual Luncheon
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 July Luncheon
Thursday, June 25, 2020 News & Networking
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 June Luncheon
Wednesday, May 06, 2020 May Luncheon
Wednesday, April 08, 2020 April Luncheon
Wednesday, March 04, 2020 March 2020 Luncheon
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 November 2019 Luncheon

Recent programs and events

2021 Events

January Lunchtime Presentation

Change Your LENS:
A model for understanding cultural differences

 "Despite good intentions, it is easy to judge others based on our cultural viewpoint. We need to intentionally disrupt this process in order to recognize the nature of our own cultural influences and to understand and validate another’s cultural influences."

2020 Events

News & Networking - June 25

In June, we restarted our News & Networking event as an online Zoom chat with
Connie Sanchez, director of the play, AMON! The Ultimate Texan. We learned some interesting things about the play
and also had a great discussion about our current day leaders in Fort Worth whose story could be told this way.   

Coffee & Conversation

Our second Coffee & Conversation event for 2019 focused on women's health issues.  We heard from several women who are involved with local agencies and organizations working to improve women's health in our community.  See a complete summary

Past Chairs Luncheon

A luncheon for Past Chairs and Founding Members was held on June 25 to honor and celebrate our leaders and founders. More here 

Coffee & Conversation

See a complete summary of the inaugural Coffee & Conversation program on the topic of homelessness. 

New Member Reception

See more photos from the 2019 New Member Reception

WOMEN’S POLICY FORUM   |      P.O. Box 11246  •  Fort Worth, Texas 76110    womenspolicyforum@gmail.com

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