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Woodlands considers building performing arts center at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

May 24, 2019 GMT

Officials in The Woodlands have been debating extra amenities and facilities for performing arts and other artistic efforts for several years, with a small task force working behind the scenes and exploring options ranging from a museum to a dedicated venue that could house concerts, exhibits, seminars and other creative events.

Now, after several years of gathering information and seeking partners via a Cultural Arts Feasibility Study, the township is taking a step in a new direction with the approval on Wednesday of a memorandum of understanding with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion to explore the possibility of constructing a performing arts center on Pavilion property. The issue was discussed in a closed executive session on May 22 and announced to the public via a lengthy press release on May 23.


In the release, township officials stated the MOU is non-binding and will merely allow the two parties to explore the viability of the proposal and continue to work toward adding arts amenities and facilities in the township, which many feel is one of the big attractions for tourists, visitors and convention-goers who come to The Woodlands.

Township board Chairman Gordy Bunch was excited about the opportunity to investigate creating a performing arts center.

“This is a major step in furthering the development of performing arts in The Woodlands,” Bunch stated in the press release. “It feels right that on the day after acknowledging our founder George Mitchell’s 100th birthday this week, we are moving forward with one of his wishes to have a performing arts theater in The Woodlands.”