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.
In early 2021, Wolf Trap will award grants of up to $3,000 to a select number of public high school teachers who are working to bring new and exciting performing arts experiences to their students.
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. Suggested for the 2020-2021 school year.
- Master Classes – Wolf Trap will support a visiting guest artist to teach a series of master classes to students in conjunction with class study. Suggested for the 2020-2021 school year.
- 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.
- 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 work.
- 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.
- All grant projects must take place during the 2020-2021 school year.
- Applicants must be a public high school teacher of music, dance or theater currently teaching in Washington, DC; Montgomery County, Maryland; Prince George’s County, Maryland; Loudoun County, Virginia; Arlington County, Virginia; or Fairfax County, Virginia.
- Award will not exceed $3,000. 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.
- 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.
- For the 2020-2021 school year, projects must be adaptable to both an in-school and a virtual teaching environment.
- For the 2020-2021 school year, teachers are encouraged to work with colleagues across the county.
- Grantees will work with Wolf Trap staff to illustrate programmatic impact through student work, visuals, or testimonials.
Click or tap the “Apply Now” button below 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.
January 15, 2020 – Application deadline
February 1, 2020 – Grant awardees notified
February-June – Project implementation and completion
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 January. Each application is reviewed and evaluated using this rubric.
- A theater department working with a Foley Artist to produce a radio production.
- A collaboration between three choral directors to engage a professional singer to coach their bass sections.
- A band director inviting professional musicians to lead virtual master classes on technique, tone, and quality.
Sample Application for 2020-2021 School Year
Grant awardees are selected by Wolf Trap Foundation in conjunction with the selected review panel and will receive notification via email by February 1, 2021. 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)
2020-2021 Sample Application (PDF version)