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 or free 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/September, November/December, February/March and May/June. Please see “Guidelines for Grants” by clicking this link.  http://starfoundationmc.org/?p=981

  Look for updates regarding the next deadline for filing a grant application. Thank you.



Scholarship recipients share their thoughts

“Art, at its core, is the ultimate renewable expression of the human condition.” ~ Ian

“When I first started in the seventh grade, I saw acting as a way out. It was a way I could escape my problems, even if only for a few hours. Even now, despite being far more confident and far less self-conscious, acting still gives me that. It lets me abandon everyday life and the difficulties it brings by being on a stage.” ~ Josh

“In short, theater is my passion. For years, it’s driven me to creative heights, aided me in my quest for self-control, and allowed me to truly grow as a person.”~ Collin

“Nothing compares to that feeling when I know I have done my job evoking emotion from the audience and a chill goes down my spine. It is these experiences that have made theater an essential part of my life and what makes me the person I am today, and that is something I wouldn’t change for the world.”  ~Ryan

“The school plays have helped me develop in ways that I didn’t know that I could – particularly in the areas of self-confidence and expressing my thoughts and emotions.” ~Miguel

“My goal is to be able to continue to share my passion and love for the arts,and pass this onto others as a way of communicating, learning and making our communities a better place. Many kids now  seem to be unable to connect with something in life that is meaningful to others. I have seen how the arts can change a person’s perspective in life and the positive effects it has on the person.” ~ Lindsey

“It’s difficult to express in words how theatre has affected my life because it is my life. Frankly, I can’t remember a life without theatre; it is my past, present, and future. Show tunes are my hymnal; playwrights’ work, my bible. When I am onstage, I am home. To me there is no feeling more incredibly perfect that the stage lights hitting my skin, audience’s applause, the connection with my castmates. Theatre has not changed my dreams and aspirations; it is my dream and aspiration. From the way that I observe others, to myself- confidence on and off stage, a theatre person is simply who I am.”~ Lana

“But as I started acting more and more, I realized something. Acting is far more than just a pastime or a hobby. It’s a service. We all have problems. We all have inner demons and issues we want to forget. And that’s why we all go to pay hard earned money to watch a play or a movie. Just like the bullied kid I was trying to leave behind, everyone wants leave their own troubles behind, and just like an actor becoming a character and inheriting that character’s life, the audience goes along for the ride, laughing for the characters’s joys, weeping for their cares, fearing for their futures. Just like me, acting gives solace to a weary and fearful people, even if only for a few hours.” ~Josh

Announcing Grant Recipients for September 2015


  • Sol Treasures, King City: $5000.00 for the new High School musical program
  • Monterey Jazz Festival: $6000.00 to be used for the Traveling Clinician Program
  • PacRep: $3225. for SoDA (School of Dramatic Arts) scholarships and tickets for community youth to attend performances.
  • Camerata Singers: $250.00 music for Futures (youth) and up to $2500.00 for tickets for youth to attend performances.
  • Occhiata Foundation:$10,000.00  In-School Presentation in preparation for Metropolitan Opera Cinema for 3000 plus students