Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts hires Proof Strategies


WASHINGTON – October 14, 2014 – Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has engaged Proof to promote its nationally recognized Early Childhood STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Learning Through the Arts program.

Research shows that the arts support critical developmental skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.  Wolf Trap is a proven leader both in integrating arts-based learning strategies that enhance early childhood curriculum and delivering professional development training for early childhood educators, providing services in 28 states and with 17 affiliate partners.  Its signature education program, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, provides arts education services in communities across the U.S.

In 2010, Wolf Trap received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement its Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts program.  This program develops, implements, evaluates and disseminates arts-integrated teaching strategies that improve children’s math learning and support teachers’ professional development.

Proof will help Wolf Trap promote the Foundation’s unique approach to STEM education through the integration of the arts.  The agency will also work to reinforce Wolf Trap’s national reputation as a leader in early childhood arts education.

“Proof demonstrated a strong understanding of both education and the arts, and how they can interconnect in both teacher training and early childhood education,” said Wolf Trap Director of Public Relations Michelle Pendoley.  “We are thrilled to be working with Proof to build awareness around Wolf Trap’s proven early childhood arts education activities.”

“We are extremely proud to add Wolf Trap to our client roster,” said Proof U.S. General Manager Dave Groobert.  “Well-known in the DC region as a premier performance venue, Wolf Trap also has a 30-year history in developing and delivering innovative and successful early childhood arts education programs, which we’ll be helping them to promote locally, nationally, and in the education and arts communities.”

About Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

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, located down the road from the national park and 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.

About Proof Strategies

Founded in 1994 and now with 120 staff in Canada and the United States and annual fee income of more than $15 million, Proof Strategies Inc. (EnvironicsPR.com) is a full-service, management-owned public relations and public affairs agency focusing primarily on the association/nonprofitadvanced technologycorporate & financial serviceshealth sciencessustainability & clean energywater sector, and consumer sectors.  The firm has won more than 230 awards for client work.  Proof has a strong commitment to reducing environmental impact and in June 2008 became the first North American communications agency to be carbon neutral.  The firm has offices in Washington D.C., Toronto, Montréal and Ottawa, and affiliates throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

For information, please contact:

Mimi Carter                                                                      Michelle Pendoley
Proof Strategies                                            Wolf Trap Foundation
(202) 296-2002                                                                (703) 255-1917
mimi@environicsdc.com                                                 michellep@wolftrap.org

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