According to a news release from The Woodlands Children's Museum, the funding will help cover the artist fees for a variety of regional and statewide performing artists with experience in interacting with young children and who will visit the museum throughout the year.
“Early arts education is important to help develop skills, such as empathy, confidence, creativity, and social and emotional development,” said Angela Colton, the museum’s executive director, in the release. “Seeing a performer at the museum may be a child’s first time engaging with the arts. There are so many talented artists in our region and we are honored that this grant will help us bring them to our community.”
The Woodlands Children’s Museum typically features up to 20 special events each year, highlighting holidays and cultural traditions, such as Lunar New Year, Tanabata, Native American Heritage Month, Mardi Gras, Hispanic Heritage Month, St. Patrick’s Day, Kwanzaa and many more. A variety of children’s musicians, singer/songwriters, puppeteers, storytellers, dancers and other artists share their talents during the events.
“The arts make communities more vibrant and fulfilling places, help us to heal, and strengthen our nation’s economy,” said Ann Eilers, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, in the release. “The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to supporting organizations nationwide, such as The Woodlands Children’s Museum, helping to make it possible for our arts and culture sector to grow and for more Americans to have access to the arts.”
A full list of the museum's upcoming events can be found on its website.