Many artists and arts lovers trace their initial spark of interest back to a high school performing arts teacher. It’s from these teachers that students learned to express themselves, assert their individuality, collaborate with others—and most of all, discover that distinct sense of excitement and possibility many of us get from the performing arts. And so, Wolf Trap rewards the teachers who make it all possible—particularly those creating innovative new programs.
Wolf Trap Grants will award $5,000 to a select number of public high school teachers who are working to bring new and exciting performing arts experiences to their students. Schools will then have the opportunity to perform their projects on stage at the historic Barns at Wolf Trap in the spring of 2020.
Most grant projects fall under one or more of the following categories:
- Artist Residencies – Wolf Trap will support residencies with professional performing artists to support and supplement classroom work leading to student performance.
- Commissions – Wolf Trap will support a teacher, student, or visiting guest artist in the creation of an original dance, music, or theatre piece for a specific group of students that would be performed by the students in concert.
- Master Classes – Wolf Trap will support a visiting guest artist to teach a series of master classes to students in conjunction with class study and student performance.
- Technology in the Arts – Wolf Trap will support technological improvements that may allow for further educational opportunities in the arts and encourage technical and media applications in instruction leading to integration of technology in student performance.
- Arts and the Environment – Wolf Trap celebrates the relationship between art and nature, using the arts to help protect the environment. Grantees are encouraged to consider “green” projects and to create a culture of environmental responsibility in their performing arts programs.
- Arts Integration – Wolf Trap will support collaborations that explore core subjects or STEM classes through an artistic discipline. Grantees are encouraged to work with teachers of different disciplines to find innovative ways to reach learning goals and display student learning through a performance.
- All grant projects must take place during the 2019-2020 school year.
- Applicants must be a public high school teacher of music, dance or theatre currently teaching in Washington, DC; Montgomery County, Maryland; Prince George’s County, Maryland; Loudoun County, Virginia; Arlington County, Virginia; or Fairfax County, Virginia.
- The majority of the grant money must be used for student instruction and learning. With prior approval from Wolf Trap, minimal funds may be used to purchase equipment if it is a major component of the project.
- The project should culminate in a student performance or presentation of learning. Grantee schools are asked to attend a performance and reception at the historic Barns at Wolf Trap on April 27, 2020.
- Teacher grantees and their schools will be responsible for the design and implementation of proposed projects, which includes the selection of participating performing artists and works. Wolf Trap is not able to secure artists and/or permissions.
Click or tap the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of this page to apply online. You must complete the entire online application in one sitting to be considered for a grant. The entire application is available here for planning purposes.
Each applicant will receive acknowledgement of application receipt immediately after submission.
Should you have any questions prior to submitting an application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.937.6304.
June 12, 2019 – Wolf Trap will begin accepting applications online
September 15, 2019 – Application deadline
October 1, 2019 – Grant awardees notified
October 10, 2019 – Grantee orientation
April 27, 2020 – Performance and reception at the Barns at Wolf Trap
Review Process and Winning Examples
A select panel consisting of county performing arts coordinators/supervisors, local performing artists, and former Wolf Trap Grants for High School Performing Arts Teachers grantees will review completed applicant proposals in September. Each application is reviewed and evaluated using this rubric.
Examples of past winning projects include:
- A theatre department producing its first “relaxed” performance, an accessible show with accommodations for audience members with disabilities.
- A dance department and biology department collaborating to create a concert about cell regeneration.
- A band director inviting professional musicians to lead master classes on technique, tone quality, and performance, which students display in a celebratory concert.
Grant awardees are selected by Wolf Trap Foundation in conjunction with the selected review panel and will receive notification via email by October 1, 2019. Applicants that are not selected will be notified soon after the final decisions are made.
Email email@example.com or call 703.937.6304.
Full Grant Application (PDF version)
Grant Proposal Rubric (PDF version)