Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

“Where the Arts Come Out to Play™"

aka Wolf Trap   |   Vienna, VA   |  www.wolftrap.org

Mission

MISSION
To present and create excellent and innovative performing arts programs for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants.

VISION
Wolf Trap will harness the power of the performing arts to enrich and change lives by extending the Wolf Trap experience to millions of people worldwide.

Ruling year info

1969

President and CEO

Mr. Arvind Manocha

Main address

1645 Trap Rd

Vienna, VA 22182 USA

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EIN

23-7011544

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Opera (A6A)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts & The Barns at Wolf Trap

Located at America's National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap's majestic Filene Center provides the Washington, DC metropolitan area with a magical outdoor venue for world-class performances of every genre. Operated in a public/private partnership between the nonprofit Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the National Park Service, the Filene Center presents over 90 diverse performances annually for people of all ages, from late May to early September, and offers a variety of education programs, special events, and a yearly Holiday Sing-A-Long for families and friends throughout the community.
Made up of 2 adjacent 18th-century barns, The Barns at Wolf Trap was a gift from Wolf Trap's founder, Catherine Filene Shouse, given in 1981. Impressed by the acoustical quality of the wooden barn after attending a concert in one in Maine, she wanted to bring the same informal and acoustical setting to Wolf Trap, The Barns offer performances during the fall, winter, and spring, and serve as the home of the Wolf Trap Opera Company during the summer months.

Population(s) Served

Since its inception in 1971, the Wolf Trap Opera Company has provided important opportunities for some of our nation’s most promising emerging professional opera singers.  As one of America’s most highly regarded residency training programs for opera singers, the Wolf Trap Opera Company perfectly combines two key goals of Wolf Trap Foundation’s mission: to foster the next generation of young artists and to present performances of exceptional quality. 
The Wolf Trap Opera Company provides aspiring young singers with outstanding training and performance opportunities that are not readily available elsewhere.  Our company features two tiers of artist participation.  The Studio Artists are at an earlier stage of their career development, typically near the transition point between undergraduate and graduate study. These younger artists receive individual and group instruction as well as the opportunity to perform small and ensemble roles on the main stage. 
Wolf Trap Opera Company boasts an unusually high success rate among its alumni, with over 90% of its former Filene Young Artists active professionally with opera companies around the world.

Population(s) Served

From DC to California to Singapore, Wolf Trap provides high-quality arts education programs and promotes the value of the arts for all learners. Wolf Trap offers a range of programs, including our Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, that help parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators to harness the power of the performing arts at home and in school.

In the Washington, DC area, Wolf Trap offers performing arts classes with master teachers and opportunities to advance arts education in high school.

At Wolf Trap, tomorrow’s arts leaders and lifelong learners embrace their inner artist through nationally recognized internships and apprenticeships, classes, and workshops with master artists who perform at the Filene Center and The Barns at Wolf Trap.

Wolf Trap offers a wide range of family-friendly and affordable performances that introduce children to the joy of the performing arts.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MISSION To present and create excellent and innovative performing arts programs for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants.

VALUES
 Excellence
 Innovation
 A broad spectrum of programs
 Diversity
 Accessible and affordable arts experience
 Wolf Trap's unique environment
 Fiscal Responsibility
 The creativity of the human spirit

In 2013, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts staff leadership participated in a four- month process to distill and refine the organization's strategic plan to reflect current reality and priorities, called Goals 2018. At the direction of the Executive Committee, this work has been reviewed by a Board Task Force, as well as by the Chair and former Chair of the Board.

Goals 2018 reaffirms the mission, vision, and core values of the Foundation and reflects the priorities that will position Wolf Trap to make its mark as a world class presenting organization and leader in arts education and opera over the next five years.

The goals, strategies, and deadlines outlined in Goals 2018 are designed as a framework for business and programmatic planning and execution. Goals 2018 is used by the staff to develop specific tactics and measures of achievement, and will be revisited at least annually to evaluate the progress of the organization.

Strong staff and Board of Directors, community support, ambitious vision, string financial position allow us to succeed and achieve the goals set forth.

Financials

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Board of directors
as of 07/31/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Daniel D'Aniello

The Carlyle Group

Term: 2012 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mr. John E. King

Melania Trump

First Lady

Arvind Manocha

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes