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The Woodlands Arts Council Partners with The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Microgrants

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The application period for The Woodlands Arts Council Microgrant program began earlier this week and is open until October 5, 2023.

The Woodlands Arts Council Microgrant Award to Moorhead Jr High
Moorhead Jr High students with their electronic instruments. Photo courtesy of The Woodlands Arts Council.

Entering its third annual round of funding, The Microgrant Program encompasses the Dr. David Gottlieb Education Award, open to public and private school teachers and arts-related nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County, and the Artist Microgrant, open to individual artists or art groups. Grants range in size from $250-$5,000 per project. Last year, the council awarded $50,000 to various projects, including community murals, iPads for digital art, and classroom instruments.

Learn more about past grantees & applying here:

This year, The Woodlands Arts Council Because Art Matters(BAM) Committee is excited to announce a partnership with The Pavilion Partners Scholarship Committee. This collaboration brings additional funding specifically for performing arts projects and applicants.




“When we launched the Microgrant program in 2021, we had no idea how large the need was in our community. Collaborating with The Pavilion Partners Scholarship Committee will allow us to make an even greater impact on both the visual and performing arts programs. We are grateful for the generosity of our community partners in helping make art matter,” said Jenny Carattini-Wright, The Woodlands Arts Council Executive Director.

“Part of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s mission is to provide support to those with a passion for the fine arts in and around our community,” said Jerry MacDonald, President and CEO of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. “We are excited to partner with The Woodlands Arts Council to expand their grant initiative, and I commend them on their loyalty and commitment to the arts.”

Applicants interested in learning more about the microgrant program are invited to sign up to attend a Virtual Q&A on September 13, 2023, at 5pm. Sign up for reminders here:




The Microgrant is one of many opportunities at The Woodlands Arts Council this fall.

Artist applications are open for The 19th Annual The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, which is set to return April 12-14, 2024, in Town Green Park and along The Woodlands Waterway for 3-days of artistic discovery. The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival has been consistently ranked one of the top fine arts festivals in the Nation, with an average yearly attendance of 15,000-20,000 educated and well-funded art buyers. The festival features approximately 200 extraordinary artists (international, national, and regional) representing a broad range of styles and mediums. Applications close October 18, 2023. To apply, click here:

About The Woodlands Arts Council

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The Woodlands Arts Council provides regional, cultural, and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support, and promote the visual and performing arts in our community. From the award-winning Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival to public art installations and the year-round community and educational outreach programs of Because Art Matters, the council has one primary goal….making our community better … Because Art Matters!

About The Pavilion Partners

Launched in 1998, The Pavilion Partners is an important part of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Partners supports The Pavilion through fund-raising for the performing arts and educational outreach programs, as well as awarding fine arts scholarships each spring. In addition to their fund-raising efforts, The Pavilion Partners provides event volunteers for performances and programs at The Pavilion throughout the year.