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Because Art Matters

Kelly Batterson Hired as Festival Director for 2019 Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival

The Woodlands Arts Council has hired Kelly Batterson to direct The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, a top-ranked juried fine arts festival featuring 200+ artists in a wide variety of mediums which is set for April 13-14, 2019 along The Woodlands Waterway and in Town Green Park.

Batterson’s 20+ years of experience in sales, production, marketing and promotions have served her well in coordinating the many logistical aspects of the 2018 Festival, despite unseasonably cold and rainy weather. She is also an event consultant and has worked on many of Houston’s largest events including the Houston International Festival, Tour de Houston, and the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Deb Spiess, President of The Woodlands Arts Council Board of Directors, says Batterson is “invaluable to us as we plan our next festival, which promises to be the biggest and best ever.”

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The Woodlands Art Crawl & Craft Beer Tasting

Saturday November 3, 2018, 2-5 pm

Hughes Landing® - Restaurant Row

Enjoy an outdoor Art Crawl showcasing sculptures, art benches and artisan booths, a Taste of Hughes Landing, and a tasting menu of specialty craft beers. Guests will journey along the art crawl, featuring four newly unveiled art benches and an array of outdoor sculptures within the walkable setting of Hughes Landing. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Woodlands Arts Council. Learn more here from Hello Woodlands.

Six New Art Benches Unveiled

Photo Credit: Rod Prado Hello Woodlands

The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC) recently hosted a private tour of six magnificent new art benches situated along The Woodlands Waterway and in Hughes Landing. The celebration marked the completion of Phase 3 of the Council’s Art Bench Project, bringing the total number of art benches in the community to 20.

You can still be a part of this exciting project by underwriting an art bench in Phase 4 of the project, which is now underway. Only three sites remain available for underwriting, with the deadline of December 31 fast approaching. Your contribution not only adds to one of the largest collections of public art in the country, but also provides much needed funding for TWAC’s year-round community and education outreach programs. For more information about underwriting, contact Jenny Carattinin-Wright at 281-744-0194 or click here.

Support TWAC on Giving Tuesday Nov. 27, 2018 and all year round...

Every year, The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC) impacts thousands of children throughout the Montgomery County area through the power of art. We invite you to become our partner in education for schools with limited arts budgets. Our school programs include:

  • Stipends for art or music supplies
  • Artists in the Schools featuring:
    • Houston Grand Opera performing Cinderella in Spain in English & Spanish
    • The Alley Theatre featuring their character education series, staging stem series and more
    • Dan Egger-Belandria with Rhythm Journey
    • The Woodlands Children’s Museum hands-on project with Art Around The World
    • Field trips to museums and narrated tours of The Woodlands Art Benches

Sponsor Spotlight

Photo Caption: Travis Bryant, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Texas Renaissance Festival, with TWAC Development Director Wendy Paynter.

Huzzah to the Texas Renaissance Festival!

We are pleased to thank the Texas Renaissance Festival, a Supporting Sponsor of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival. With the dedication and support of our generous sponsors, The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC) produces one of the country’s top juried fine arts festivals each year. The Texas Renaissance Festival recently signed a sponsorship package for the fourth consecutive year and you will find this spirited group within the Artopoly area, near The Art of Food Stage at the 2019 Festival to be held on April 13 and 14. Dressed in their colorful time-period costumes, Renaissance Festival volunteers will also continue to delight the younger crowd with face painting.

The Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest Renaissance theme park, has been delighting all ages on its grounds in Magnolia since 1974. This year’s festival continues on Saturdays and Sundays through November 25. This enchanted kingdom offers costumed characters of all kinds, a 60-acre village with 20 entertainment stages, international food and drink, games and over 400 16th Century European style shoppes. Every weekend is a new adventure. For more information go to

Bringing Bilingual Opera Performances To Title 1 Schools... Because Art Matters!

Thanks to the generous underwriters and sponsors of our Because Art Matters education and outreach programs, Montgomery County students at seven Title 1 schools and Hauke Alternative School are experiencing the arts at their campuses this fall, through a program of the Houston Grand Opera (HGO).

Under the direction of Stage Manager Ryan Barrett, a cast and crew are bringing an operatic bilingual performance of “Cinderella in Spain” so students can experience, often for the first time, this type of performance art. Many thanks to Waste Connections and Houston Gulf Energy Corporation for underwriting the programs at Glen Loch Elementary and Magnolia Elementary, respectively. Click here to read what a principal and teacher have to say about this program’s impact

Get in the Holiday Spirit!

We are delighted to announce that the annual Lone Star College -Montgomery Music Department has selected The Woodlands Arts Council to be the beneficiary of their Holiday Benefit Concert on December 7 at 7 PM. Make plans to hear their Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Symphonic Band and Woodlands Area Youth Symphony. All proceeds from this holiday concert will benefit TWAC. Click here for tickets.

Become a 2019 Festival Sponsor and Showcase Your Brand

Join in giving back to our community through sponsorship of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival. Proceeds help support our year-long cultural and educational outreach programs. Packages range from $3,500 – $250,000. OUR SPONSORS GET RESULTS. As a sponsor of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your brand to more than 15,000 consumers – in a relaxed, personal, and buying-oriented environment. ​Learn more here on how you can make a difference. Sponsor inquiries please email Jenny Carattinin-Wright here.

Branding opportunities

Employee volunteer tie-ins

Educated & affluent audience

Scenes from October's Artfeel

This month's Artfeel at Crush Wine Lounge was another huge success! Thanks to Ela Dawn for delighting us with her beautiful voice, Gaston Carrio for sharing insight about the creation of "Proud Souls" and Linda Nelson of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center for underwriting such a beautiful addition to our famed art bench collection. Kudos also go to all the area residents who braved the stage and shared how public art makes them feel – their Artfeel. Look for details on the next Artfeel in early 2019.

Texas Commission on the Arts
National Endowement for the Arts

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau
Stella Artois
The Woodlands Development Company
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