Patron of the Arts: Rachel Scott

A night at the opera can change a child's life. That's what Rachel Scott hopes to do with the nonprofit Opera for Kids by FBN Productions. As a longtime board of directors member, Scott attends performances at schools, clubs and libraries made with a young cast for youthful audiences. This Bank of America Merrill Lynch director also gives to the Arts and Science Council, the Mint Museum, and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

Why opera: "It's that whole imagination." Opera is a unique way for children to tap into their creativity, which a traditional education may not recognize. "It's just a way to give them another part of the art world." Kids can be exposed to valuable cultural and musical lessons. "If you can get to them at an early age, they'll find that love for it."

In the audience: Scott has enjoyed opera for 20 years. She attends Opera for Kids productions, including Three Little Pigs. "I love the whole staging. It's all just so over-the-top. I love the costumes."

All ages: "Many people don't think of opera as something children are a part of. It is just a way to educate people that it can be fun."

More info: operaforkids.org.