MISSION: To foster cultural understanding through the enrichment and development of youth-related performing arts programs in the performing arts throughout Monterey County, California. 

S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support The 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 capital technical expense (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. Please note that the foundation does not fund salaries, operating costs or office/publicity materials. We also will fund reimbursement of discounted tickets for students and their families for local productions.   The Board of Directors will entertain ideas and approve funding on a quarterly basis. There are no deadlines to apply. Board meetings take place normally  in August, November, February and May.

 HOW TO APPLY: 

Interested organizations should send to Susanne Mentzer, Administrator: susanne@starfoundationmc.org:

  • a letter and attachment (via email is fine) explaining the program and needs
  • any budgetary information, including sources of other funding, estimates of equipment costs
  • information as to whom the program serves
  • and a Profit/Loss statement if available
  • proof of 501 (c) 3 status

Please submit all current applications to Susanne@starfoundationmc.org by September 10, 2015 for review. The Board will meet on September 15, 2015 to review all grant requests. 

See guidelines above.

 

Benefit Concert at Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada on September 11, 2015

http://www.montereyart.org/event/beside-the-golden-door-a-tribute-to-america-in-words-and-music/

“Fledgling Monterey theater company Paraphrase Productions sets lofty goals”

http://www.montereyherald.com/arts-and-entertainment/20150806/fledgling-monterey-theater-company-paraphrase-productions-sets-lofty-goals

UPCOMING EVENTS

Benefit Concert at Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada on September 11, 2015

http://www.montereyart.org/event/beside-the-golden-door-a-tribute-to-america-in-words-and-music/