Educational outreach is an integral part of The Pavilion’s mission. The Pavilion uses the appeal of live performances to introduce children and families, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, to the world of performing arts.
The Pavilion has developed programs to support fine arts students, offer academic and social incentives, foster new audiences and provide community enrichment opportunities.
Annual Education Events
Hats Off to Reading is a free family literacy event at The Pavilion sponsored by the Reading Odyssey Committee, a community coalition that encourages students to develop a lifelong love of reading. This annual celebration is a favorite for children who get to take home a free book and participate in literacy-based activities such as visiting with storybook characters and making bookmarks and hats. Reading Odyssey is a partnership between MCMLS, CISD librarians, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Library, Scholastic Book Fairs, Chick-fil-A, Junior League of North Harris and Montgomery Counties and The Pavilion.
Created in 2015, Arts Day Out provides the opportunity for elementary school students to venture outside the classroom. Specially designed for young audiences, this program allows area students to experience the arts in an intimate setting.
One of The Pavilion’s most successful educational outreach programs, Musical Scores has grown from serving 200 students its first year to 6,000 students and teachers this year. The program primarily serves academically at-risk, middle school students who earn the privilege to attend a special event at The Pavilion by displaying model behavior and achieving specific scholastic goals. Once the students have achieved their goals, or "musical scores," they are rewarded to a free performance and lunch at The Pavilion. The students also receive complimentary Musical Scores T-shirts for their achievement.
Chamberfest is a week-long chamber music camp for students in grades 7 through 12 who play violin, viola, cello and bass. The event was started by a Pavilion Partner Fine Arts Scholarship recipient, Marie Daniels, in 2013 and was adopted as one of The Pavilion’s education outreach programs. Chamberfest entails four days of rehearsals and coaching and one 45-minute individual lesson for each student. At the week’s end there is a Festival Finale student performance. Students also have daily workshops on topics such as public speaking, improvisation, music history and communication through music.
Fine Arts Education Day, a free educational concert featuring the Houston Symphony, is designed to introduce fourth grade students to orchestral music and the various instruments in band and orchestra before they choose an elective in fifth grade. Some fifth and sixth graders are invited to watch where their studies could take them if they continue their pursuit of music in junior high. Produced in conjunction with Conroe ISD, Fine Arts Education Day fosters new audiences and enhances appreciation of the arts.
Master classes for CISD high school band and orchestra students led by Houston Symphony musicians and guests; designed for student musicians to receive personal instruction from professional musicians. The purpose of these master classes is to prepare students for All-State competition.
Children’s Festival is designed to educate and entertain children of all ages. The festival features award-winning performers of puppetry, music, pantomime, theater, humor and original songs who incorporate educational messages into each performance. Curriculum guides are available for educators to integrate performance content into areas of study. The first two days of the festival are devoted to school field trips. The weekend is open to the public.
Community Enrichment Programs
Community Ticket Program
Through the Community Ticket Program, The Pavilion offers hundreds of complimentary tickets for its performing arts events to economically challenged families within the Greater Houston area, as well as to numerous charities and senior citizen organizations each year.
Community Share Program
The Community Share Program at The Pavilion allows other nonprofit organizations in the area to have a booth at performing arts events throughout the season. The booth gives these organizations the chance to raise awareness for their cause.
Noted music scholar and former college professor Ira J. Black leads discussions prior to most performing arts events at The Pavilion. Pavilion Talk offers insight into the evening’s program and an increased appreciation for the performance.
Partners Instrument Petting Zoo
The Pavilion Partners, the official volunteer organization of The Pavilion, holds an instrument petting zoo in the plazas before most performing arts events. Guests are able to see, hold and play numerous musical instruments. Children are able to experience new instruments and learn more about the sounds they will hear during the performance that night. All of these pre-concert activities are always free to the public.
Partners Arts and Crafts
The Pavilion Partners also offers a variety of arts and crafts activities before most performing arts events at The Pavilion. Some past activities include hat-making, face painting, and various other crafts themed to the event. All of these pre-concert activities are always free to the public.