Wolf Trap Institute


The Wolf Trap Institute is a program of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a world-renowned cultural organization with programs that reach millions on the local, national and international level.

Located just outside of Washington, D.C., in Vienna, Virginia, Wolf Trap is a national park dedicated to the performing arts. DeltaARTS is one of ten national Wolf Trap sites. Founded in 1981, the Wolf Trap Institute places professional performing artists in classroom residencies to work with children 3 to 5 years old, along with their teachers and parents/families through the disciplines of drama, music and movement.

In 2003, DeltaARTS was awarded Delta Wolf Trap to serve as the Early Learning Through the Arts program for the region. Like the soil of the Delta, the area is rich with teaching artists who bring growth through the arts into the classroom.


The Harvard study documented the positive impact of Wolf Trap Institute Services on teachers, students and classroom culture.

Wolf-Trap-Photo-21-150x150Dr. Bruce Torff of Project Zero states that the Wolf Trap Institute’s program:

  • Proves engaging to the children, setting the stage for sustained learning.
  • Fosters cognitive growth in relation to specific curriculum objectives, and more generally, in terms of memory abilities.
  • Fosters emotional growth and self-esteem.
  • Provides a good vehicle for teaching cultural traditions.

The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts also received research results from The Fairfax Pages study which illustrated that Wolf Trap makes a difference!

Read this recent article about what Arne Duncan (Secretary of Education) says about Wolf Trap.

Read this article about Wolf Trap’s STEM program.

For more information about scheduling Wolf Trap residencies please call Sandy Kozik at 870-732-6260 or email skozik@deltaarts.org.


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