Thunderbird Charities Gives $20K Grant to Scottsdale Arts

Funds will support Education & Outreach programs

Thunderbird Charities has given a $20,000 grant to Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach to support Arizona Wolf Trap, an arts-integrated early childhood development program. The partnership will enable the program to reach more Head Start and preschool classrooms, according to Natalie Marsh, director of Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach.

Marsh says the years before a child reaches kindergarten are critical when it comes to influencing learning. Wolf Trap uses performing arts to help young learners master a variety of skills, including language development, gross and fine motor coordination, concentration, memory, verbalization and positive self-image.

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 other resources to engage children in classrooms for seven weeks at a time, while field trips bring children to arts centers to experience the magic of a live performance.

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

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