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Meeting Date: 02/22/2018  

SUBJECT MATTER:
Receive, consider and act upon an update from the Glade Arts Foundation;
FISCAL IMPACT:
$50,000
 
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors approved funding for Glade Arts Foundation during its 2018 budget process in August of 2017 and the related Service Agreement in December 2017.
BACKGROUND:
GLADE ARTS FOUNDATION, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has announced the opening of the first fine arts center in The Woodlands, Texas scheduled for April 2018. Representatives from the Gallery will address The Woodlands Township Board of Directors with an update on construction and plans for its Grand Opening.
 
Located at 2000 Woodlands Parkway, Glade Arts Foundation will unveil the museum exhibition spaces and educational and cultural community programs in the landmark building that housed the former Woodlands Information Center. The center’s backyard park by the pond will serve as a platform for public art installations and various large-scale, site-specific commissions. Officials of Glade Arts Foundation have stated they will introduce a cultural platform presenting collections ranging from Pablo Picasso to today’s most acclaimed artists.
 
The museum space will host thematic exhibitions of established and emerging artists, including a permanent curated collection of world-renowned artist David Adickes. Exhibitions will include fine art paintings, sculpture, photography, installations, performance and multimedia, and a special section highlighting visionary design and fashion.
 
As part of its contribution to Montgomery County’s cultural and historical legacy, Glade Arts Foundation will distinguish itself through educational programs for students of all ages and abilities, fine art scholarships and grants, dedicated exhibit halls for local and international artists, as well as through public engagement and support of art events and publications.
 
Glade Arts Foundation will serve as a collector of international art, cultural education and all-around innovation, continuing the rich activity of one of its most visible founders, gallerist and collector Dragos Tapu, who successfully established Glade Gallery, the first contemporary fine art gallery in The Woodlands in 2015.
 
About Glade Arts Foundation
 
Glade Arts Foundation – is a not for profit organization in The Woodlands, Texas that provides a unique fine art experience by delivering art education programs, community based public art projects along with a curated museum like exhibition center for local and international artists, as well as renowned art exhibits from acclaimed art collections.
 
Public programs Designed to raise awareness of the arts as well as enhancing the cultural appreciation of art in our community. By providing:
  • Rotational art exhibits from other foundations, collections and / or museums on display at the foundation
  • Permanent art collection(s) developed overtime by local artists on display at the foundation
  • Cultural and/or historical public art piece(s) or project(s) on display in Montgomery county / The Woodlands Township
  • Support and sponsorship of community art festivals and exhibits
Education programs – art programs are aimed at students of all levels as well as adults looking to enter into or continue their pursuit of art knowledge and training
  • Art seminars series, field trips and educational training aimed at primary and secondary students as well as adults looking for continued art experience and exposure
  • Artist led classes based on various art disciplines – conducted by resident artists as well as visiting guests
  • Art cultural field trips to other fine art organizations/institutions/destinations
  • Artist to artist collaboration sessions within our community for our community
  • Art as it relates to Business Leadership’ seminars for the private sector
Publications – The foundation will produce art books in conjunction with selected exhibitions, scholarly volumes on the permanent collection, and other program-related publications, audio works on CD, and multimedia works.
 
Artists in residence – The foundation will have a number of studios available for local artists to use on permanent basis to work and create artwork. The artists will be carefully selected by the staff of the foundation and the board to ensure that each artist fits the foundation’s goals for the educational and public programs
 
Glade Arts Foundation for the community
  • Creating a unique, enriching and valuable art experience for the community via the opening of a premier art venue centrally located in The Woodlands, Texas
  • Raising the profile, relevance and validity of fine art in The Woodlands, Texas as a desirable destination to visit in the area beyond Houston
  • Curated museum-like exhibits through partnering with fine art associations and renowned art foundations across the globe
  • Enriching the community through dedicated seminars hosted by acclaimed artists, art curators and important influencers in the fine art world
  • Cultivating and inspiring long-term relationships with local and visiting artists by establishing a studio environment in which to work, collaborate and exhibit
  • Attracting influential and inspiring creative people in The Woodlands, Texas community
  • Creating a new and compelling quality of life proposition for potential residents and new businesses
  • Inspiring our leaders of the future through art education made available to the entire school systems of Montgomery County
  • Easily accessible for the entire regional population as well as domestic and international visitors via the George Bush airport and other major transportation hubs.
RECOMMENDATION:
Receive the report from Glade Gallery representatives.

    

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