The Woodland, Texas—The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, home of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, offers a diverse assortment of educational and community outreach programs that touch the lives of nearly 40,000 children and their families annually throughout the Greater Houston area. These programs are an integral part of The Center’s mission to offer live performances and educational opportunities involving the arts to students regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status. The Center has developed programs to support fine arts students, offer academic and social incentives, foster new audiences and partner with other community organizations for enrichment opportunities.

Hats Off to Reading Celebration
On April 29, the Hats Off to Reading Celebration is held in conjunction with the Houston Symphony’s Tribute Concert to Cynthia Woods Mitchell at The Pavilion. Hats Off to Reading is a free family literacy event sponsored by the Reading Odyssey Committee, a community coalition that encourages students to develop a lifelong love of reading. Children can take home a free book and participate in literacy-based activities such as visiting with storybook characters, a book walk, hat making, face painting, a coloring contest and more. The event takes place from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. in The Pavilion’s Event Tent followed by interactive fun with Radio Disney in the North Plaza from 6:45-7:15 p.m. Reading Odyssey is a partnership between the Montgomery County Memorial Library System, Conroe ISD librarians, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Library, Chick-fil-A, Scholastic Books, Junior League of North Harris and South Montgomery Counties, Inc. and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Musical Scores
The Pavilion is deeply committed to students and their academic achievement, not only in the arts, but in every subject across the curriculum. The Pavilion created Musical Scores 16 years ago to encourage the desire to learn and do well in school by rewarding success with the opportunity to attend a special event at The Pavilion. Musical Scores is designed for students in grades six through nine who need an academic or social incentive to improve an area of his/her scholastic performance.

To be rewarded, students must achieve specific goals established by their teachers and/or administrators. These goals might include specific academic accomplishments, improving attendance, book-reading objectives, raising test scores, modifying classroom behavior, or whatever the administrators choose. Once the students have achieved their goals, or "musical scores," they are rewarded with a special day at The Pavilion consisting of entertaining performances, complimentary lunches and T-shirts, and words of praise and encouragement from mentors. Approximately 6,000 students are scheduled to attend Musical Scores May 4. This event begins at 10 a.m. and is not open to the general public.

Fine Arts Education Day: A David Dewhurst Symphony Explorer Concert featuring the Houston Symphony
On May 18, approximately 5,500 students are slated to attend Fine Arts Education Day, a program created for Conroe ISD fourth grade students to experience orchestral music and learn about the various instruments in band and orchestra. The purpose of the program is to expose students to symphonic music before they enter fifth grade and have to choose an elective. Sixth grade band and orchestra students from CISD also are invited to attend the event. For these students, the concert serves as a reminder of where their studies in music can take them if they continue their pursuit of it in junior high school. The program features the Houston Symphony under the skillful direction of Brett Mitchell. The theme of this year’s concert is “Six Flags Over Texas.” This event begins at 10:30 a.m. and is not open to the general public.

15th Annual Children’s Festival
Thursday & Friday, Nov. 11 & 12 (school-day performances only)
Thousands of students ranging from pre-K through sixth grade are slated to attend the 15th Annual Children’s Festival at The Pavilion Nov. 11 and 12 on school field trips. The festival runs through Sunday, Nov. 14, but the first two days are devoted exclusively to school-children. The second two days, Nov. 13 and 14, are open to the public.

Every Children’s Festival artist strives to broaden children’s exposure to the arts while entertaining and incorporating important educational messages into their performances. This nontraditional learning environment stimulates children’s minds while providing an atmosphere that encourages their involvement in many different activities. Themes such as making positive choices, cultural diversity, world events, sign language, American history and improvisation help children flex their imaginations, build self-esteem, develop important leadership skills and learn to appreciate the differences in people around them.

Year-round Community Outreach Programs
The Pavilion also offers several community outreach programs and activities throughout the year. These programs include Pavilion Talk, informative pre-concert discussions led by noted music scholar and college professor Ira J. Black; Young Talent Spotlight, an effort to encourage the artists of tomorrow by exposing them to the joy of performing in front of live audiences; the Instrument Petting Zoo that gives children the opportunity to touch and play musical instruments; Music in Motion, small clinics and workshops for junior high and high school students led by Houston Symphony musicians and guest conductors; and Fine Arts Scholarships, awarded through The Pavilion Partners to high school seniors and university students majoring in Fine Arts.

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