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The Woodlands Children’s Museum receives Entergy Grant for Art Outreach

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Art instructors and education staff from The Woodlands Children’s Museum recently had an opportunity to take their skills and passion beyond the walls of the museum and share their creativity with students at Glen Loch Elementary School in The Woodlands, Texas. The program, entitled “Art Around the World,” was made possible by a grant from Entergy and supports educational programming and art outreach in local classrooms.

“With the support from Entergy, we were able to visit with second and fourth graders and share a lesson with them about the historical and cultural significance of different types of pots and containers,” shared Angela Colton, the museum’s Executive Director. “Our staff then guided children in making their own clay pots.  Without grant funding, this program would not be possible. We are very grateful for Entergy’s support.”

Over 200 students participated in the program, which included a geography and history discussion about the important role of pottery. Pottery has been practiced by humans for thousands of years and has played an important role in history, culture, and society. From Native American pottery to Japanese porcelain, pottery has been used to express cultural identity, religious beliefs, and social status. It has also been used for a variety of practical purposes such as storing and cooking food, as well as creating artistic objects such as sculptures. Pottery is also a valuable archaeological artifact that provides insight into human societies and ancient civilizations.

Each child received a piece of clay that they were able to mold into their own pot, vase, bowl, or container. Using a unique painting process, they then added color to the pots and adornments such as ceramic tiles and gems.  Each student took their individual pot home to enjoy. 

Photo courtesy of The Woodlands Children’s Museum; Students from Glen Loch Elementary create clay pots with staff from The Woodlands Children’s Museum.

Other topics in the “Art Around the World” program include musical instruments, masks, and adornments. For additional information about The Woodlands Children’s Museum and its educational programming, please contact or 281-465-0955.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum is located in the Panther Creek Village Center at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded out of a desire to meet the community’s proven need for a positive environment where children and their families can learn, play, and make special memories throughout the year. At the museum, fun and learning go hand in hand, whether children are creating art, singing along to a musical performance, or conducting a science experiment. The museum also has made it a priority to bring children multi-ethnic and multicultural experiences that celebrate cultural and global differences and strengthen common bonds. Programs frequently are delivered in partnership with other nonprofit organizations, always with the goal of making a positive difference in the life of a child. Learn more at