Mike Bass resigns from The Woodlands Arts Council

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Executive Director Mike Bass announced this morning his resignation from The Woodlands Arts Council, effective immediately. Bass was appointed as the council’s first director in June 2017.

Performing Arts Coordinator Angela Colton will serve as the Interim Business Operations Manager until a permanent replacement can be found.

Bass issued a statement on his time with the council and his hopes for arts in The Woodlands area in the future:

With mixed feelings, I have resigned as the Executive Director of The Woodlands Arts Council. I have spent many years serving The Woodlands Arts Council, as a board member and, more recently, as its executive director. The Woodlands Arts Council Arts Council has the potential to enhance our community and the lives of our residents and children though the arts. I hope they move forward in a manner to fully fulfill this potential. There is still lots to do.

I have always believed the arts, in all forms, can open the doors to our minds, strengthen our character, heal the body and foster an appreciation for all cultures. Studies have shown that the promotion of arts can also result in significant increases in property values, revenues and jobs.

I am especially proud of the progress we have made in the last six months to extend the benefits of the Arts Council Cultural Arts Outreach activities to our super adults, schools and children, especially those with special circumstances. The Nov. 4 AncesTree Event at Market Street demonstrated how the arts can be used as a vehicle to pull all of our diversified community together. These activities are the most compelling facets of the Art Council’s mission.

The community art in The Woodlands reflects who we are—a diverse community that desires to surround itself with equally diverse works of arts from artists from all over the world.

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Wendy Cawthon
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Cawthon has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and joined The Woodlands edition in 2017.
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