From The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Inspire Film Festival, Glade Gallery and Glade Cultural Center, the arts are afire in The Woodlands!
The arts give social identity and cultural backdrop to our society. They are a mirror of who we are and what we want as a people.
“No great civilization has ever existed without art,” says Amy Lecocq, former President of The Woodlands Arts Council. “By enhancing the quality of life, arts help attract and keep residents and businesses in our area.”
Art in The Woodlands began in the late 1970s with the placement of public art in every village and continues as an important community legacy to this day with a 53-piece collection, one of the largest collections of outdoor public art in the country. Adding to the public art collection, The Woodlands Arts Council installed art benches along on Lake Woodlands in Hughes Landing and along The Woodlands Waterway.
“We have been passed the arts torch that others have carried including The Woodlands Arts Council with its Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with its premier concert offerings,” says Dragos Tapu, Glade Cultural Arts Founder and President of Sales. “We feel a great sense of honor and responsibility.”
Although this art boom may feel new, it is 45 years in the making— with a commitment to the importance of public art coupled with the vision and passion of artists, art patrons and volunteers, both old and new, whom can now all stake a claim in making The Woodlands a cultural arts destination of its own.