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Explore the new location of Artopoly for 2016, along the beautiful west end of The Woodlands Waterway with family-friendly activities, the community art project with United Way, interactive art demonstrations throughout the day, entertainment, food trucks and more! Presented by such community organizations as The Woodlands Children’s Museum, The Woodlands Art League, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Alpha Omega Mounted Patrol, Texas Repertory Theatre Company, and many more!

Plus, don’t miss the imaginative “Artopoly Archway,” created by Because Art Matter’s Master Artists and a collaboration of artists from the community welcoming festival patrons to Artopoly - Because Art Matters, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital!

Early Inspiration Gallery

The future of art begins here! At the Early Inspiration Gallery, for only $5, children between the ages of 4 and 13 years old, have the opportunity to start their own art collections and be inspired by other local student and teacher artists whom have donated their artwork for the gallery. Together we can help build, and be inspired by a thriving community of art-makers and art-lovers alike. Plus, 100% of the proceeds benefit the year-round community and education programs of Because Art Matters. Don’t miss our tent in Artopoly…Because Art Matters, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital.

Student Art Scholarship Program

The Student Art Scholarship Program, now in its 11th year, recognizes exemplary student achievement in the visual arts by awarding annual scholarships to be used, to continue their higher education. The program is open to all junior and senior students (Public, Private, and Homeschool), in the area. All submitted artwork was previously judged in six (6) categories, Drawing, Digital, 2D Mixed-Media, 3D Multi-Media, Painting and Photography. We invite you to come and see the 2016 Scholarship Winners and Invited To Show artwork on display in our gallery in Artopoly…Because Art Matters, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital.


PODS® of Houston, Because Art Matters and Travis Intermediate School (CISD), under the direction of art teachers Joe Santini and Toni Sommers, have teamed up this year with their talented 6th grade art students, faculty and staff, to create a fun and whimsical mural highlighting the iconic “Woodlands Dragon,” and scenes from the beautiful Woodlands Waterway! This is the fifth year that PODS® of Houston, a moving and storage company, has provided a different type of “canvas” to inspire a unique and portable art concept. Travis Intermediate School was selected this year to head up this project under the direction of Because Art Matters, the year-round community and education outreach programs of The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC). Check out the mural on the PODS Container and snap a picture today, in Artopoly…Because Art Matters, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital.

Artopoly sponsors include:

CHI St. Luke's Health
PODS Moving and Storage Solved
iFLY Indoor Skydiving
KHOU Houston 11

The Woodlands Children's Museum

Assisting the Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival for its 11th year, The Woodlands Children’s Museum provides hands-on, interactive activities that present children and families with a light-hearted and quaint journey through retro-art, honoring that yearning to get back to the simpler ways of yesteryear. Retro Art has become extremely popular of late, mainly because we are so overwhelmed with unbelievable computer graphics, but also due to a recent yearning to get back to the simpler ways of yesteryear. Using various mediums, activities include Stacking Retro Robots, Retro Penny Tops, Retro Spinners, Retro Rockets, Retro Peace Sign Sun Catchers and whimsical Robot hats. Children can further their imaginary journey while collaboratively painting oversized cardboard rocket ships and adding to the collaborative collage art project on a selected reproduction of featured artist Julia Gilmore.

The Woodlands Art League

The Woodlands Art League invites you to be a part in the creation of this years community project, with The Montgomery County United Way chosen as this year’s recipient. ‘Our Community United’ will be a woven tapestry, symbolizing our spirit of fellowship and community through various natural mediums. All interested will also have the opportunity to ‘make and take’ friendship bracelets.

As you explore Artopoly, also take a moment to enjoy WAL’s plein air artists that will be painting freely in the area, portrait artists drawing and painting in the amphitheater, and the many demonstrations that are scheduled under the Woodlands Art League tent.

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