Suzanne Scott, Chair of theArtFund - San Antonio Wolf Trap Press conference announcement at Pre-K 4 SA South Education 

theArtsFund became a National Affiliate of the Wolf Trap Institute in January of 2016. 


Currently there are 17 Wolf Trap Institute National Affiliates throughout the country replicating Wolf Trap Institute’s model of performing arts-integrated early childhood education, allowing this valuable program to reach thousands of children, educators, and parents. National Affiliates exist under a sponsoring organization and receive professional development from Wolf Trap Education staff and Master Teaching Artists; access to Wolf Trap Institute resources and curriculum materials (including an interactive online learning community); and technical assistance and support in administering Wolf Trap Institute programming in their communities.

Each Wolf Trap Institute National Affiliate identifies a Director who oversees the program’s management and implementation. A National Affiliate must agree to implement and sustain the Wolf Trap Institute program model according to defined program standards and guidelines.

Wolf Trap’s National Affiliates across the country serve more than 55,000 children, parents, and teachers in more than 900 classrooms annually.


Partner organizations that replicate the Wolf Trap Institute’s model are considered sponsoring organizations. Most often, these are arts organizations; however they may be universities, early childhood associations, or other organizations actively serving children and educators in some capacity.

The sponsoring organization must be capable of initiating, supporting, and sustaining a Wolf Trap Institute National Affiliate. Indicators of capability include:

        • ·         Not-for-profit status
        • ·         Institutional commitment to develop and maintain a Wolf Trap National Affiliate
        • ·         Articulated mission statement and artistic vision with demonstrated comparable arts education programs in communities served
        • ·         Administrative and financial capacity that would allow for long term sustainability of a Wolf Trap National Affiliate
        • ·         Sufficient committed funding to support program implementation
        • ·         Access to and an existing working relationship with Teaching Artists (professional performing artists with experience working in       process-oriented arts-in-education school-based programs)
        • ·         Access to early childhood consultants familiar with local early childhood and arts-in-education best practices
        • ·         Experience in creating and administering arts-in-education programs that are school or center-based
        • ·         Relationships with school districts and/or Head Start, or other preschool or Kindergarten programs
        • ·         Commitment to adhere to the Wolf Trap Institute Residency Program Models, policies and procedures.


        • ·         Association with a nationally recognized leader in performing arts-integrated early childhood education
        • ·         Affiliation with Wolf Trap Foundation as a pioneer in developing, researching, and disseminating model early childhood programs that support early education skills development including emergent literacy and language, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), cognitive and social/emotional skills, and health and wellness.
        • ·         Partnership with a national network of arts education professionals to provide program expertise and advocacy
        • ·         Comprehensive training and continuing professional development opportunities for Wolf Trap Teaching Artists, customized to meet the needs of each affiliate
        • ·         Ability to implement proven Wolf Trap Institute program models, including 16-session classroom residencies for preschool and Kindergarten, Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts, Baby Artsplay!™ (serving infants, toddlers and parents), and other initiatives
        • ·         Receive unlimited access to results of research studies of Wolf Trap Institute programs as available
        • ·         Share information, knowledge, and/or training on topics such as best practices, trends in early childhood, and curricula standards
        • ·         Share relevant news articles, marketing and fundraising ideas
        • ·         Access to online classroom residency forms and other resources
        • ·         Participation in regularly scheduled Directors conferences in a variety of forums as well as other opportunities to network with affiliate partners
        • ·         Access to administrative staff and Teaching Artist professional development opportunities
        • ·         Access to marketing materials and grant proposal documents to adapt for National Affiliate funding and development
        • ·         Receive administrative support and technical assistance from national office staff.

Partners and Sponsors of San Antonio Wolf Trap

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