S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support Theater Arts Regionally) was founded in 2009 to support youth-related theatrical arts throughout Monterey County. In the fall of 2013 it changed focus to include all youth-related performing arts. Studies show that participation in, and expression through, the arts helps to develop a young person’s thinking skills and and social interactions. As the student’s awareness of his own identity and his environment are explored, his understanding of the world around him deepens. It is S.T.A.R. Foundation’s hope to better society by providing the stage whereby personal discovery can occur. Educational programs can be a vital vehicle for this growth. But, often times, the financial support for the continuity of these programs is either insufficient or not forthcoming. S.T.A.R. Foundation provides needed funding for the enrichment of theater programs currently existing in our schools and community theaters, and assists in developing new youth programs where there are none. It is the belief of the Board of Directors of S.T.A.R. Foundation that the power of self-discovery and identity is the key to cooperative societal interaction. Participation through positive multi-cultural performing arts programs is an important aspect in understanding all people and all ethnicities.
S.T.A.R. Foundation Grants
The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County supports youth-related performing arts activities in Monterey County. We provide support for programs operating under the umbrella of a non-profit organization. Our grants are designed to supplement existing programs by providing funding for technical equipment (e.g., lighting, sound and musical equipment), augment instruction by providing guest artists/docents in acting, make-up, scenic, sound and lighting design, maintenance of musical instruments, and more. We also will fund programs providing discounted tickets for students and their families for local productions. There is no application process. The Board of Directors will entertain ideas and approve funding. Interested organizations should send a letter (via email is fine) explaining the needs and program, as well as any budgetary information, including sources of other funding to Susanne Mentzer, Administratoremail@example.com
S.T.A.R. Foundation High School Theater Scholarship Awards for 2014-15
The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support Theater Arts Regionally) Theater Scholarship program exists to help graduating high school seniors pursue their interests in the theater arts beyond the secondary education setting. Scholarship awards are available for theater students having an interest in acting, technical skills, writing, management, etc., whether in a college or community theater program. The awards will be given at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.
To apply, interested students must submit the following by March 31, 2014:
1) A completed S.T.A.R. Foundation Scholarship application (see PDF file below with info sheet PDF under upcoming events)
2) An essay of no less than 200, nor more than 400, words explaining your interests and experience in the theater arts.
3) A letter of recommendation from your high school theater teacher and, if applicable, from a theater mentor/director in participation outside of school. Please make sure that the contact information of those submitting a recommendation on your behalf is included on your application.
The S.T.A.R. Foundation is happy to announce the latest grants awarded in January 2014.
1. National Steinbeck Center: $3000. for the Play writing and Art of Storytelling Workshops presented as part of the Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Celebration in May.
2. Occhiata Foundation: $10,000 for the In School-Day at the Opera program/Metropolitan Opera Cinema
3. Alisal Center for the Fine Arts: $5000. for theater program sound and lighting equipment.
4. Friends of Salinas Library: $1750. for the Salinas Youth Poet Laureate Competition awards
5. Arts Council of Monterey County: $6500. to assist with the national Poetry Out Loud program.
6. Sol Treasures in King City: $3000. to assist with the orchestra program
7. Salinas High School: $3000. for students to participate in the California State Thespian Festival
8. PacRep: $2500. to fund San Francisco Opera Cinema high definition broadcasts.