Stories to follow in 2018: #3. Cultural arts study moves forward in The Woodlands

The Woodlands could partner with the Houston Museum of Natural Science to create a satellite facility.

The Woodlands could partner with the Houston Museum of Natural Science to create a satellite facility.

We’re counting down the top ten stories residents of The Woodlands area should follow in 2018.

No. 3 on our list looks at The Woodlands Township's cultural arts study:

What we reported


The Woodlands Township board of directors announced in October it will continue research toward a cultural arts center, which could include an indoor performing arts venue and a science museum. The township has been working with Webb Management Services Inc.,  a provider of development and consulting services, and Gensler, a global design firm, since last year to study the feasibility and economic effects of a center in the area.

The latest


In November, members of the township board visited various museums in the Greater Houston area to research what amenities would be a good fit for The Woodlands area.

Webb Management President Duncan Webb said the Houston Museum of Natural Science has expressed interest in working with the township. The township would be tasked with raising capital to build the facility—an estimated $32 million to $52 million.

For a performing arts center, the study recommends partnering with a postsecondary educational institution to find funding and help operate the facility.

What’s next


The township will now move forward with Phase 3 of the study over the next six to seven months. The next phase will study how much money could be raised through local fundraising and continue talks with HMNS on a potential partnership.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges 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 moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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