Vienna, Virginia (October 17, 2016) – As part of its mission to create innovative arts and education experiences for people of all ages, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has partnered with Junior Achievement (JA) Finance Park Fairfax County. As the JA Finance Park Entertainment Storefront partner, Wolf Trap will challenge students to think carefully about spending choices when building annual budgets and how to include arts and entertainment experiences as part of their overall financial planning.
“Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is delighted to partner with Junior Achievement of Greater Washington,” said Arvind Manocha, President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “Fairfax County is our home, and education is core to Wolf Trap Foundation’s mission, so participating in JA Finance Park is an important way to connect with young members of our community. Many local students grow up coming to Wolf Trap, and as they learn to make smart financial decisions, we hope they see the arts as a vital part of our community landscape, and a good investment of their entertainment dollars.”
Using the Wolf Trap experience as a learning tool, 14,000 Fairfax County Public Schools eighth grade students will take part in an immersive, real-life budgeting simulation each year.
Wolf Trap’s storefront at JA Finance Park is just like stepping foot onto the grounds of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, offering students a panoramic look at the Filene Center, with wooden picnic tables, a “lawn,” and interactive exhibits that give youth a deeper look into the arts and entertainment options available to them at Wolf Trap.
“JA Finance Park is a proud part of the Fairfax County community,” said Junior Achievement President and CEO Ed Grenier. “It’s important to us to have organizations that represent all this County has to offer in the facility. We are so proud to have Wolf Trap standing with us in our work to transform the preparedness of our youth from one nonprofit’s mission into a major regional movement.”
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.
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