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Cultural and Heritage Festival Highlights More Than 100 Countries


Mike Bass, Executive Director of The Woodlands Art Council, presents a check to the 2017 Charity Partners.

Mike Bass, Executive Director of The Woodlands Art Council, presents a check to the 2017 Charity Partners.  photo – Shaun Griffiths  /  The Woodlands Arts Council

Inaugural event in The Woodlands attracts hundreds and celebrates diversity in the community

O n a beautiful Sunday in Market Street’s Central Park, visitors enjoyed the inaugural presentation of The Woodlands Cultural and Heritage Festival. Several hundred families from the area gathered to celebrate the diversity of cultural heritages in the community through the arts.

The festival featured food trucks and more than 18 cultural exhibitors and international entertainers. Festival attendees contributed in making an on-site artwork called the AncesTree, a sculpture developed by students from The Woodlands High School with leaves made by students from Irons Junior High School.

Each leaf is unique, as it holds sayings or drawings from each person’s own family history, culture or tradition. The Ances Tree will be housed at The Woodlands Children’s Museum until a permanent location is decided. The phrases written by all participants will be used by local artist Marlo Saucedoto create a 36-inch diameter original artwork. This three-dimensional work will ultimately become a permanent installation as a painted mural in Market Street in 2018. Saucedo’s painting will ultimately be on view at The Woodlands Arts Council “Spotlight Gallery” within The Woodlands Mall.

“We commend you all on putting together something new and different. It was wonderful to see so many cultures being represented in our community,” said Jane Minarovic, director of The Inspire Film Festival. “I can’t tell you how many people recognized our Cholita photo and told us stories about their mothers and grandmothers that still dressed in the traditional costume.”

Mike Bass, executive director of The Woodlands Arts Council, presented checks to the organization’s charity partners from the 12th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival and Because Art Matters. The donation totaled $22,550 and was presented to the Conroe Art League, Pavilion Partners, Woodlands Art League, The Anne Marie Hopkins Art Alliance and The Woodlands Children’s Museum.

Over 100 countries were represented in different booths throughout the festival and through dance, music and food. “I really lack words in Chinese or English to adequately describe how much my family enjoyed the festival!” said Kim Lee, festival attendee.

For more information about The Woodlands Cultural and Heritage Festival, visit thewoodlandsartscouncil.org.

The Woodlands Arts Council provides regional, cultural and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support and promote the performing and visual arts in the community. From the award-winning Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival to public art installations and the year-round community and educational outreach programs of Because Art Matters, the council’s primary goal is making the community better, Because Art Matters! Visit thewoodlandsartscouncil.org for more information about the Council.

Colorful Hindu dancers during their energetic Festival performance.

Colorful Hindu dancers during their energetic Festival performance.  photo – Shaun Griffiths / The Woodlands Arts Council

One of the AncesTree leaves created by festival attendees.

One of the AncesTree leaves created by festival attendees. photo – Shaun Griffiths / The Woodlands Arts Council

A young performer entertains with Irish dancing.

A young performer entertains with Irish dancing. photo – Shaun Griffiths / The Woodlands Arts Council

 


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