The Wolf Trap Institute


The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, a program of the Wolf Trap Foundation, was established in 1981 under a grant from the Early Head Start Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the Institute is to train early childhood professionals in the use of performing arts techniques, which help young children learn basic academic concepts (e.g. colors, shapes, and numbers) as well as life skills (e.g. hand washing, sharing, and problem solving).

With the assistance of the Wolf Trap Institute, teachers and parents can help their children improve in the following areas:

  • Emergent literacy
  • Self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Group awareness and socialization skills
  • Problem=solving skills
  • Ability to concentrate and remember
  • Gross and fine motor control
  • Awareness of individual creativity
  • Motivation and enthusiasm for learning
  • Conceptual and verbal skills


DeltaARTS is one of 16 national Wolf Trap sites offering five-day or 16-visit/8-week Literacy or STEAM based residencies


Program Components include the following:

  • Wolf Trap teaching artist working with children ages 3-5
  • Classroom residencies
  • Teacher/Artist planning meetings
  • Parent/Family workshops
  • Professional Development for teachers

Support for DeltaARTS is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.