The Herberger Theater Center’s outreach programs provide a valuable experience for kids… sparking and stimulating their imagination, encouraging their confidence and brightening their view of the future. With your support, our outreach programs will enhance the lives of nearly 1,500 homeless, at-risk and low-income children in 2013.
Each year, the Herberger Theater Center collaborates with Center Dance Ensemble for the Wolf Trap program, a performance residency and arts field trip program targeted to preschool and Head Start children, ages 3-5.
It is the priority of the Wolf Trap program to offer accessible and affordable arts experiences for young children. The Wolf Trap program serves preschool and Head Start children from diverse populations and low-income areas.
Wolf Trap is an innovative, proven “arts with education” program created to enhance the educational advancement of children and to train parents and teachers in the use of performing arts as a teaching tool.
A professional artist is placed in each classroom for a seven-week residency weaving drama, music and movement to teach basic skills and encourage participation and self-esteem in the earliest stages of learning. At the conclusion of the program, the children attend a field trip at the Herberger Theater Center consisting of a movement class, ballet created specifically for preschool age children, participatory music session with Jazz quarter and snacks.
The ultimate goal of the Wolf Trap program is to promote school readiness by enabling children to develop pre-reading, language and social skills needed for scholastic and life success.
The arts are used as teaching strategies to aid children in understanding curriculum topics such as colors, shapes and numbers.
Art inspires children. It builds a brighter future and makes a measurable impact on their lives. Your contribution to the Herberger Theater Center will help to keep the arts alive for children in our community. Thank you for your support!