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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Opera, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Centers

Mission: The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts presents and creates excellent and innovative performing arts programs for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants.

Programs: The filene center at wolf trap is the only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts. From late may to early september more than 366,000 patrons at 70 performances were in attendance at shows that included musical theater, symphony & film, dance, opera, pop, rock and more with an average ticket price of $44. The filene center has the second largest theatrical stage in the country; seats 7,028, nearly 4,000 of which are covered with open sides and views of the tall trees and rolling hills in the park. The remainder of the seating is uncovered on a sloping lawn where patrons can bring picnics to enjoy before & during performances. The barns at wolf trap presented 82 performances from october to early may at our 382 seat indoor venue. Almost 28,000 tickets were issued to see legendary artists and exciting up-and-coming talents in a diverse array of musical genres with an average ticket price of $35. The theater was built from two restored 18th century barns and was a gift from our founder, catherine filene shouse.

each year, wolf trap education delivers high quality arts-learning experiences to more than 75,000 children and adults, locally, nationally, and internationally. At the heart of wolf trap's education outreach for more than three decades, the wolf trap institute for early learning through the arts (institute) is recognized nationally as a model for incorporating the performing arts into preschool and kindergarten curricula. The institute provides direct services to children between the ages of three months and 6 years and multiplies its impact through professional development for early childhood educators, parents, and caregivers. The institute seeks to address two primary concerns: (1) the school readiness of children who live in economically disadvantaged circumstances; and (2) access to effective professional development for teachers who work with these children. By integrating arts strategies into early childhood standards-based instruction, the institute enhances children's cognitive, physical, and social/emotional development, as well as literacy, science, technology, engineering, and math (stem) skills development. Each summer, wolf trap education serves nearly 20,000 children, parents, and other caregivers through wolf trap children's theatre-in-the-woods. Building on four decades as a beloved community institution, this program comprises seven weeks of performances with musicians, actors, and dancers at an outdoor venue situated in the woods near the filene center at wolf trap national park for the performing arts. This unique, family-friendly venue offers the perfect environment for lively adventures in music, dance, theater, and puppetry. Wolf trapeducation also manages the organization's internship program, a highly competitive program consistently ranked among the nation's best. Each year approximately 43 full- and part-time internships provide students and recent graduates with invaluable hands-on experience and connections in the administrative side of the arts. In addition to the internship program, wolf trap education oversees one year-long fellowship that is offered to a youngprofessional of color who has completed at least one year of graduate study or recently graduated with a master's in the arts or a related discipline. Wolf trap education annually acknowledges and awards the work and achievements of six outstanding performing arts teachers from school districts in the dc/md/va metro area through grants for high school performing arts teachers. At the center for education at wolf trap and on the filene center stage, wolf trap education offers field trip performances, classes, and master classes serving all ages that encourage lifelong learning through thearts.

the wolf trap opera company, created in 1971, is a highly regarded residence program for opera singers in transitions: our primary tier of filene young artists are established singers on the verge of professional careers; studio artists are talented student singers considering a career in the field. The company offers an opportunity for our nation's most talented young performers to experience the demands of a professional career in the performing arts. The company presents highly acclaimed performances at both the filene center and the barns. In 2014, the company selected 17 filene young artists (representing eight states and five foreign countries) who then performed in 10 barns performances (2 different operas and 1 recital) and 1 filene center staged concert opera with the national symphony orchestra. The 15 studio artists performed small roles and in the chorus of wtoc productions. Alumni of the company have gone on to careers performing with some of the leading opera companies in the world.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned of Wolf Trap after two of my daughters moved from Iowa to Virginia. It is a beautiful place to enjoy the arts. One of my daughters volunteers at Wolf Trap regularly and loves the variety of performances. I was privileged to get to see the final showing of "Peter Pan" and absolutely loved it. I always await the season's offerings to plan a trip to VA around the performances. Thank you, Wolf Trap staff

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wolf Trap has been a part of my life for over 35 years, providing entertainment and great experiences as a young single in D.C., young married couple, parents of children enjoying theater in the woods and birthday parties, and an empty-nester now with more free time for summers at Wolf Trap. I love the variety of artists and seating. Some shows are best lounging on the lawn and some sitting properly in a seat. We are so lucky to have Wolf Trap and all that it offers.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

The breathtaking venue, diverse performance selection and overall experience is what keeps me coming back (driving over 3 hours) each time! The added bonus of the community give back only makes Wolf Trap all the more special to me. There is no other place like it in the Metro D.C/Maryland/Virginia area, a true gem.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wolf Trap is a vital member of the arts community in the Washington area and we consider ourselves particularly lucky to live to close to it (we are in Reston). I can't remember a summer when we haven't attended wonderful programs at the Filene Center and, year round, at the Barns. But Wolf Trap does more than put on really cool shows that expand our artistic horizons--and are just plain delightful. It's a learning resource for the whole community. My ten-month-old granddaughter and my daughter are currently enrolled in the "baby arts" program, a really innovative idea designed to introduce babies to different facets of the performing arts, like clapping and shaking rattles to music. Our lives would be poorer without Wolf Trap. I can't say enough about it.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wolf Trap rocks. From its stellar performing arts spaces -- both the Filene Center and the Barns -- to its arts education -- it offers outstanding entertainment and growth. I've seen first hand how their arts program connects with disadvantaged youth. Their programs with local teachers provide needed support, resulting in unique activites geared toward students in need.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Because of Wolf Trap's easy accessibility, low prices, and enormous spectrum of artistic presentations, our lives have been enriched far beyond what a middle class family might have expected. My family has been attending Wolf Trap presentations ever since it opened, and our appreciation of the arts has expanded enormously as a result. I had never seen a live ballet performance until, in the 1970s, Wolf Trap's advertising circulars persuaded me to attend not one but three different performances, along with unforgettable performances by Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, and other iconic performers. We have been able to repeat these experiences every summer, plus orchestral, operatic, and musical theater performances that would be beyond our reach if we lived anywhere else. Checking off our choices for each summer is now an annual rite not unlike composing a Christmas wish list. Lately we have discovered The Barns' year-round menu of outstanding but normally inaccessible specialty performers like Cherish the Ladies. As an amateur performer myself, I have been impressed by WT's education and outreach programs, particularly the summer programs that introduce teens to opera and the outdoor children's shows that pack in pre-school and elementary school kids from the area's daycare centers and summer camps. That program alone deserves the support of area taxpayers and donors, because we all benefit when those around us are acquainted with the arts.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attend Wolf Trap for the performances in the Barns and at the Filene Center. It is a great facility especially in the Summer on the lawns beneath the evening sky sharing a picnic with friends. What many people don't know about is the wonderful work Wolf Trap does in the early childhood arena, both in the US and internationally, and support of the arts. There should be "Wolf Traps" in every state.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wolf Trap is the greatest place to see a show. I grew up in the area and have always loved going to a show early and picnicking on the lawn. They have a great variety of shows and ticket prices are affordable.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wolf Trap is by far one of the best venues (both large and small-they have 2!) around. I've never had a bad experience and they make a conscious effort to make sure of that. Even during sold-out shows, it's not too crowded, you can bring your own food/drink, parking is free, and ticket prices, even for the best seats, are cheaper than simple lawn tickets at some other venues. The Barns (their indoor venue) is great too. It's small (about 350 seats) and has amazing acoustics, which is great for the kind of acts they bring there (local bands, folk music, classical, etc.). Go Wolf Trap!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love the fact that this organization keeps the performing arts affordable. Ticket prices are very reasonable AND you can bring in your own food and beverages for a picnic during the summer performances at the Filene Center. Knowing that the cost of tickets goes to support the Foundations's excellent education programs for our community's most at-risk kids is gratifying.