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Our Story & Team

In the spring of 2005, the Founding Directors of TWAC, including Dr. David Gottlieb, Alex Sutton, Jerry Macdonald with The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, and Nick Wolda with Visit The Woodlands, met to discuss creating a fine arts festival along the Waterway in The Woodlands, Texas. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion had a self-contained arts show featuring Texas artists, and the dream was to expand this show with participation from artists around the world. At the time, no major festival existed along the Waterway, and they believed this would be an ideal next step for the new community space. This conversation led to discussions with The Art Colony, producers of the Houston Bayou Arts Festival, to help produce the first fine arts festival in The Woodlands.

The Woodlands Arts Council, Inc. (TWAC) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2005. Our mission is to provide cultural and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support, and promote the performing and visual arts in the region.

Over the last 18 years we have sustained and fulfilled our mission through dynamic programming including events for the community, student art scholarships, educational performances, microgrants and public art. We were established "Because Art Matters" but everyday The Woodlands Arts Council makes art matter. This impact is only possible with the incredibly generous support of our volunteers, donors, and sponsors.

In 2023, The Woodlands Arts Council moved into our first official space. Previously run out of volunteers and staff members' homes and donated offices, this space will be the first to allow TWAC to hold events, build our staff, expand our programs, and offer local support to the creative community.

The Woodlands Arts Council Board of Directors

2023-2024 Board of Directors, October 2023
James Stilwell & Glen Rector
2022 Festival Team and The Woodlands Arts Council Board of Directors
Nick Wolda, James Stilwell, Ted Harris, Jerry MacDonald
Jenny Carattini-Wright, Nancy Charbonneau, Rachel Richmond, Jordan Buras, Debbie Kaschik, James Stilwell
Glen Rector and Nick Wolda

Glen Rector: President, GRector Development LLC (President)

Haley Garcia: Broker, Garcia Real Estate Group (Vice President)

Michael Goodwin: Owner, Sterling Wealth Advisors (Treasurer)

Nancy Charbonneau: Principal Designer & CEO, Charbonneau Interiors (Secretary)

James Stilwell: Attorney, Stilwell, Earl & Apostalakis LLP (Past President)

Corinne Coulter
Program Director
Education for Tomorrow Alliance

Jayla Davis
Retired Visual Arts Educator
The John Cooper School

Dr. Lisa Davis
Prof Fine Arts Specialist
Teaching and Learning
Conroe Independent School District

Michael D. Ellis

Stibbs & Co., PC

Noemi Gonzalez
Marketing Director
Trademark Properties

Ted Harris
General Manager
The Woodlands Mall

Cindy Heiser
Flying Locksmiths

Debbie Kaschik

The Young Learners

Russell Leto
Progressive Commercial Aquatics

Jerry MacDonald
President and CEO
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*

Melissa Morton
Executive Assistant to CEO & Chairman of the Board
Woodforest National Bank

Paul Pettie
Director of Business Development
Madera Estates

Kim Phillips
V.P. of Marketing
Howard Hughes Corporation*

Kara Powell
Owner & Operator
Kara Powell Photography

Detrick Taylor
Manager, Journey Experience

John Truman
Nebular Films

Nick Wolda
Visit The Woodlands*

*founding member

Advisory Board

Cindy Hardin, Nancy Fairfield, Dr. Maria Holmes, Gika Rector, Deb Spiess, Alex Sutton, and Susan Vreeland-Wendt


Jenny Carattini-Wright, Executive Director
Claire Karl, Marketing & Programs Manager
David Mayes, Artist Management
Patrick Medina, Graphic Artist
Dario Pallotta, Operations Coordinator
Kayla Trascher, Administrative & Event Coordinator

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