National Endowment of the Arts executive to present program at Kimbell Museum

India Pinkney, General Counsel for the National Endowment of the Arts

India Pinkney, General Counsel for the National Endowment of the Arts, will present an examination of the expanding contribution and reach of women in the arts on Saturday, November 16. A Q&A moderated by Karen Wiley, president/CEO, Arts Council of Fort Worth, will follow. This one-hour presentation begins at 5 p.m. in the Kimbell Art Museum’s Pavilion Auditorium. Admission is free. No reservations are required. Following the presentation, continue the discussion at a reception with light refreshments in the Piano Pavilion Lobby at 6 p.m.

In her engaging analysis, Pinkney will discuss how the continued inclusion of women—-from all backgrounds—-in the arts industry provides women with an increased ability to make a living, foster leadership, deepen cultural conversation and build community and access. Through a creative and pragmatic lens, Pinkney will highlight the power of varying experiences among female artists and their distinct roles as creators and catalysts for dialogue

This special presentation is presented in partnership with the Kimbell Art Museum, the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Art Tooth. A special thank you to the James L. West Foundation for bringing India Pinkney to Fort Worth as a part of a weekend of events around “Alive Inside,” a documentary on the power of music and art to benefit dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

India J. Pinkney is General Counsel of the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency that funds, promotes and strengthens the creative capacity of communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation through grants funding to eligible 501(3) organizations throughout the United States. Ms. Pinkney heads the legal department and is responsible for the legal affairs and ethics compliance of the organization, providing legal counsel to the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Council on the Arts and senior management. Previously, Ms. Pinkney served in the International Affairs & Legal Policy Group of the Office of the Chief Counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration, advising countries worldwide on the implementation of international aviation standards and serving as lead counsel for the Safe Skies for Africa program. In 2005, she was the first U.S. attorney to serve in the Legal Bureau of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization. Prior to that, she practiced with Baker & Hostetler in Washington, D.C. She also clerked for the Honorable Henry E. Frye, Sr., former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. She received both her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia.

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National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more.

Art Tooth

Art Tooth is an artist-run, 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves as an art consultancy, artist resource and community partner in Fort Worth, Dallas and beyond. Through exhibitions, networking events, educational programs, digital marketing and strategic partnerships, Art Tooth aims to elevate the creative practice of local, emerging and mid-career artists. Art Tooth was founded in 2016 with the intention to create more opportunities for artists in Fort Worth and to build relationships between artists, collectors and art patrons. By making contemporary art accessible to an increasingly broad and diverse public, Art Tooth strives to continue to strengthen Dallas-Fort Worth’s reputation as an arts destination.

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The Arts Council of Fort Worth

The Arts Council of Fort Worth is a nonprofit organization with the mission to create an environment that promotes, nurtures and supports the arts in our community. The Arts Council was formed in 1963 to provide funding and leadership that would stimulate and assure the advancement of the arts throughout the Fort Worth community. Today, the Arts Council serves and responds to the needs of local artists, arts organizations and residents through management of the Competitive Grants Program, Fort Worth Public Art Program and the Fort Worth Community Art Center. Learn more about the Arts Council at