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The vision of George Mitchell, founder of The Woodlands, and the mission of The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC) is to promote public art and the creative economy in our beautiful community. The Woodlands Arts Council is the only organization in The Woodlands to offer an opportunity to become part of the public art heritage of The Woodlands! In partnership with The Woodlands Township, TWAC has commissioned and installed thirty art benches along The Woodlands Waterway and in Hughes Landing.

Underwriters are fundamental partners in the two-year process of expanding the Public Art throughout The Woodlands Arts District. Underwriters can be individuals, groups, families, organizations, or local businesses.


  1. Commit to the investment to sponsor a new piece of Public Art
  2. Review and select one of the proposed locations
  3. Complete Questionnaire pertaining to elements of design, location and what you hope to be represented in the design
  4. Complete agreement and sponsorship payment
  5. Review three semi-final designs to select one for final Public Art creation

Why Public Art:

  • Public Art may commemorate a loved one
  • Public Art may add color, fun or an interactive experience
  • Public Art may reflect the natural surroundings of forest, wildlife, and water
  • Public Art may be philosophic or symbolic and stimulate conversation


  1. Underwriters are secured for select locations
  2. Call for Entry goes out to local, national, and international artists
  3. Artists submit original preliminary designs of their interpretation for the Underwriters vision
  4. Public Art Committee juries the proposed designs and selects three semi-finalists for each location based on alignment with Underwriters vision as well as feasibility of execution
  5. The three semi-final designs are submitted to the Underwriters for final selection
  6. Final Public Art design is created and delivered
  7. Public Art is installed and unveiled in Fall of 2024

Key Points:

  • Underwrite an Art Bench $18,000-$25,000
  • Your gift qualifies as a charitable tax-deductible contribution
  • Installation is planned for October 2024
  • Note: There is currently a waitlist for Phase VI art benches.

Take a tour of the 30 Art Benches!

Are you interested?

Click HERE to see our current art benches.

Better yet, take a walk around The Woodlands Mall, Town Green Park and Hughes Landing to view the permanent installations of these one-of-a-kind Art Benches. Or schedule a guided tour of existing benches and proposed locations.

To learn more, please contact:

Jenny Carattini-Wright

Executive Director

The Woodlands, Texas is an award-winning, master-planned community of more than 100,000 residents. Located 40 miles north of Houston, The Woodlands has a strong history of public art. The Woodlands is an aesthetically unique district, with its natural landscapes and waterway backdrop. We challenge the artists to conceptualize work that can highlight their own vision in conjunction with both the underwriter and these unique chosen sites. The Woodlands is also home to The Cynthia Woods-Mitchell Pavilion, ranked #3 Best Music & Outdoor amphitheater in the world.

The Woodlands Arts Council, Inc. (TWAC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide regional, cultural, and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support, and promote the performing and visual arts.

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