MISSION: To foster cultural understanding through the enrichment and development of youth-related performing arts programs 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 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 arts programs currently existing in our schools and community organizations, 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

Deadline for the next cycle is June 30, 2017

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 in Monterey County, CA.. 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, scholarships, tuition relief, and more. We also fund reimbursement of discounted or free tickets for students and their families for local productions. Please note that the foundation does not fund salaries, operating costs or office/publicity materials. The Board of Directors will review requests and approve funding three times a year.  Board meetings take place normally in August/September, January/February and May/June. Please see “Guidelines for Grants” by clicking this link.  http://starfoundationmc.org/?p=981

 

 

 

Announcing Scholarship Winners and Additional Grants May 2017

THE S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION OF MONTEREY COUNTY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL GRANTS AND PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS. To date the Foundation has granted $1,039,185.00 to youth-related performing arts programs and activities.
These additional groups have been awarded grants in the March granting cycle:
Dance Kids: $5000.00
YOSAL: $5000.00
Dual Language Academy of the Monterey Peninsula: $5000.00
PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS
The following High School Seniors have been chosen to receive the 2017 S.T.A.R. 
Performing Arts Scholarship Award:
The performing arts scholarship program started in 2012 and has supported thirty-five students to date with a total of  $65,000. not including this year’s recipients.
Natalia Chambers, Seaside (Monterey High School)
Apolinar DeJesus, Greenfield (Greenfield High School)
Madelyn Hendricks, Salinas (Anzar High School)
Claire Larson, Greenfield (Notre Dame High School)
Lizbeth Legapsi, Salinas (Salinas High School)
Mia Pak, Carmel Valley (N.Monterey County Center for Independent Study)
Claire Simmons, Pacific Grove (York School)
Camille Warner, Monterey (York School)
Delaney Watts, Monterey (Trinity Christian High School)
The program exists to help graduating Monterey County high school seniors pursue their interest in the performing arts beyond the secondary school setting. Scholarship awards are available for students having an interest in acting, musical theater, vocal and/or instrumental music, related technical skills, playwriting, performing arts management in a college or in an extracurricular program. Depending on available funds, students attending a two-year college will receive $500.00 each year. Students attending a four-year college will receive $1000.00 per year. For more information go to starfoundationmc.org OR contact susanne@starfoundationmc.org

Announcing the latest grant recipients March 2017

The S.T.A.R. Foundation announces the latest grants.

$3,878.00 Trinity Christian High School, Monterey to help subsidize youth ticket costs and to help equip their new performance space

$5,000.00 PacRep/SoDA, Carmel for help with School of Dramatic Arts productions and youth ticket subsidy

$10,500.00 Sol Treasures in King City to help purchase microphones and subsidize youth tickets.

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 30, 2017 Deadline for Next Granting Cycle

Please read the procedure for grant application under “Grants”