Scottsdale Arts to Boost Early Childhood Education with New Grant

Posted By on August 20, 2018

Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach has received a $20,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities to support Arizona Wolf Trap, an arts-integrated, early childhood development program.

The Wolf Trap program, which is affiliated with the Virginia-based Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, combines teacher workshops, in-classroom residencies, field trips and more to engage participants.

“Scottsdale Arts is thrilled to partner with Thunderbirds Charities on the Arizona Wolf Trap program,” said Natalie Marsh, director of Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach. “Through this partnership, we will be able to reach more Head Start and preschool classrooms, particularly those in underserved communities.”

According to Marsh, using performing to teach children even before they reach kindergarten can help promote language development, gross and fine motor coordination, concentration, memory, verbalization and positive self-image.

“Learning basic motor skills through art and creative expression is paramount to early learning,” said Carlos Sugich, president of Thunderbirds Charities. “We’re extremely proud to support children and the teachers in our communities.”

Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts, said the donation will allow Scottsdale Arts to better serve a diverse range of children throughout the Valley.

“We are honored to receive a Thunderbirds grant for the first time in our history,” Wuestemann said. “Scottsdale Arts is deeply invested in improving the lives of thousands of students through creative education. We will leverage this grant through other fundraising efforts to guarantee that one day in the future every child in our community will be engaged in meaningful arts experiences.”

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