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Community Outreach


The vision of the Hobby Center is grounded in the philosophy of serving the entire community and reflecting the contemporary spirit that is unique to Houston. The mission is to bring world-class entertainment and innovative works that reflect the various cultures and expansive diversity within our city to current performing art lovers, and perhaps most importantly, to inspire the next generation of performers and patrons. This outreach effort is ingrained in the Hobby Center's cultural identity.

Our intimate 500 seat state-of-the-art theater Zilkha Hall is equipped with spring loaded flooring for dance, an acoustic shell for chamber music as well as house lighting and sound. These specialized features demonstrate the versatility of this beautiful space which is home to many small to mid-size art groups looking to expand their audiences.


The Hobby Center is fulfilling its mission through dynamic community partnerships — a successful affiliation with regional school districts and our Uniquely Houston® groups. Thus far, thousands of school children have been introduced to the magic of live entertainment — music, theatre and dance. For many this is their first exposure to performers in the professional arts. These performances make an everlasting impression on young minds and the theater experience in itself creates an expression of awe when they witness the grandeur of our facility for the first time.

Here are some of the ways that the Hobby Center Foundation fulfills its mission:

  • The Discovery Series reaches thousands of Houston-area students annually, helping cultivate an appreciation for the arts in today's students and tomorrow's performers and audience members.
  • Our Uniquely Houston® program provides an incubation ground in Zilkha Hall for many of our community's small to mid-size arts groups where these groups can grow in a supportive environment.
  • On July 28, 2012 the Hobby Center Foundation had the opportunity to present a special performance of Disney's The Lion King specially tailored for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory sensitivities and their families. A second event was offered on December 6, 2014 for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Based on the success of these events and the continued requests for more opportunities, the Hobby Center is excited to offer a sensory friendly series to be presented in Zilkha Hall during the 2016-2017 season. All performances will be free to schools and families who attend.

*Uniquely Houston® is an innovative program established by the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts to provide a home venue for Houston's smaller and mid-sized nonprofit performing arts organizations in the Theater District. This collaboration provides partner organizations with access to technical, marketing, and operational expertise in addition to assistance with the overall production quality of each presentation.

Interested in introducing your students to the performing arts? Please contact Judi Stallings, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at 713.315.2412 or email judi@thehobbycenter.org to learn more about the Hobby Center's Education and Outreach programs.

Want to help the Hobby Center? Individual, corporate and foundation underwriting opportunities are available. Please call contact donorinfo@thehobbycenter.org for details.