Boxed Lunch is the Arts Center's series of lunchtime conversations with the arts community of Fort Worth with each guest preparing a fun and quick lunch. 

Karen Wiley has been President of the Arts Council of Fort Worth since 2015 and during her tenure, the Arts Council has expanded its programs and advocacy. Wiley was invited by the Americans for the Arts to Washington DC to advocate for national arts agencies’ 

funding. This resulted in a $3 million increase to the budgets of the NEA and the NEH. Similar efforts in 2019 in Austin helped secure over $10 million for the arts in Texas. 

District 9 representative Ann Zadeh was elected to the Fort Worth City Council in 2014. Community engagement has been a passion for Ann Zadeh and she is a familiar face at city community events and neighborhood meetings.

Sunflowerman is a fashion artist who was born with a pencil in his hand. Living in London, Milan, Paris, and New York inspired him to revive the lost art of men’s fashion illustration with signature his style. He takes his studio wherever he goes and can often be spotted at Fashion Week, Project Show, Pitti Uomo, or a local coffee shop.

Known as "Pro Joe," Joe Allen Brown is Professor of Theatre Arts and both past Chair of Theatre and Dean of Fine Arts at Texas Wesleyan University and is the past President of the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County. 

Christie M. Howard, has the pleasure of serving as the Managing Director of Jubilee Theatre. Before joining Jubilee’s team, she served as the Director of Public Relations for Texas College for over seven years. Christie created LimeQuest Agency, a marketing and strategic planning firm, and serves as the company’s Principal Consultant and CEO. 

Manya Shorr was named the Director of the Fort Worth Public Library in 2017. She is passionate about the positive impact libraries have on individuals, families and communities. She is an advocate for life-long learning and building stronger communities through collaboration. 

Tony Green, Fort Worth Weekly’s Best of 2019 Favorite Local Celebrity, Tony hosts his live-streamed, late-night talk "Hello, I'm Tony Green", covering, music, culture, food, and fashion while chatting with fabulous guests!

Ariel Davis is an artist, gallery manager at ArtSpace 111, arts organizer, and curator in and from Fort Worth, Texas. In 2018, she was named Best Fort Worth Artist by Fort Worth Texas Magazine. You can find her at Artspace111 in Downtown Fort Worth as the Gallery Manager.  She is also the Chairwoman of the board for Art Tooth, a Fort Worth arts nonprofit.

Natalie Price is an artist as well as the founder and creative director of the local art collective House of Iconoclasts. She now hosts a new online artist series called Sad Times Art Club, where she interviews artists to discuss their experience during COVID-19, how they’re coping & how it is translating into  their current artwork.⁣⁣   

Sheran Goodspeed Keyton is the founder and artistic director of DVA Productions,and is a writer, director, producer, actor, and singer. She has been traveling and performing professionally nationally and internationally for 30 years. Her passion is educational entertainment and the positive influence it can have on the lives of young people.

Terri Thornton is an artist living and working in Fort Worth, Texas where she divides her time between making art, family and her day-job as Curator of Education at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Terri’s art is conceptually based with concern for visual and often spatial effect. For consistency and clarity, she identifies all her work as drawing, no matter the form it takes.

Adam Dietrich is a filmmaker. Most recently, he produced and designed the Amazon Original “The Vast of Night,” and the soon to be released “Tasmanian Devil.” He helped oversee Hip Pocket Theatre and co-founded the nonprofit multimedia company The Butterfly Connection, presenting outsider original works in Fort Worth and surrounding areas.

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1300 Gendy Street

Fort Worth, TX 76107

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