Inaugural AncesTree Festival to Celebrate Heritage, Diversity and the Arts

featuring AncesTree


Sunday, November 5, 2017 • 12 pm to 4 pm
Market Street, The Woodlands
9565 Six Pines Drive, in the Commons

Highlighting the diversity and cultural richness in The Woodlands, the AncesTree hands-on project encourages all ages to participate in creating an original work of art unique to our community that will ultimately develop into a beautiful permanent installation at Market Street.

“This inaugural community event will be a celebration of our cultural heritage,” said Heather Joy Puskarich, Cultural Arts Director for The Woodlands Arts Council, producer of the event. 

“We’ve invited various ethnic groups to assist our volunteers in collecting phrases written by attendees describing something about their ancestry on leaf-shaped paper created by middle school kids.”

Participants will attach the leaves to a tree — the AncesTree — created by local high school art students. The phrases on the leaves of the AncesTree will be provided to Marlo Saucedo, an accomplished artist living in The Woodlands, who will create a design incorporating the comments into a permanent mural installation.

Additional attractions during the Festival will include ethnic food, music and entertainment in Market Street’s Central Park. This free event will be an attraction for all ages.

If you’d like to volunteer, please check out the available positions at

Some of the participants include:
• Chabad of The Woodlands
• Congregation Beth Shalom of The Woodlands
• The Drake School of Irish Dance
• Interfaith
• International Friends of The Woodlands
• Human Rights Walk
• Chikawa Aztec Dancers
• The Refugee Project
• US Mexican Entrepreneurs of The Woodlands
• Montgomery Pet Partners
• The Woodlands Chinese Cultural Center
• Jack and Jill
• Renewal by Andersen
• The Woodlands Arts Council

 Some of the performers include:
• The Drake School of Irish Dance
• Glimpse of India
• Chikawa Aztec Dancers
• Congregation Beth Shalom of The Woodlands: The Lone Stars
• Houston Lion Kings
• Chinese Cultural Center


Dates to remember

October 21, 2017
Spotlight Gallery Opening

October 25, 2017

November 5, 2017

April 7–8, 2018
2018 Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival

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