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

S.T.A.R will hold off accepting grant applications for the near future while we turn our funding to a costume co-op/rehearsal and performing space to benefit all youth-related performing arts groups in Monterey County.

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 generally twice a year. Please see “Guidelines for Grants” by clicking this link.  http://starfoundationmc.org/?p=981




EXCITING NEWS: Costume Co-op Campaign




The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support the Arts Regionally) announces a fund-raising campaignto lease or purchase a building for a costume co-op for theaters and schools in Monterey County. 

There is definitely a need. Some theaters store their costumes and props in rat-infested, non-climate controlled spaces and various garages. The costume co-op would help theaters and schools catalog, store and maintain inventory. Designers could create, and area students could even spend their volunteer time helping to maintain costumes. This would not only give a safe location for storage but also could allow groups to rent or borrow from each other depending on the arrangement. Executive Director Reg Huston met with area groups and the S.T.A.R. is putting into motion some of these ideas. The most important factor is finding a space. 

S.T.A.R. is looking for funding to purchase a building or to cover the lease for at least ten years. It will use current funds (an earmarked $90,000) and will solicit grants and financial donations to equip the costume space with washers, dryers, racks, sewing machines, shelving, etc. This would be a safe place to create and maintain costumes. Ideally there will be a space for each theater/school to keep their inventory and someone to coordinate it. This idea also includes an educational component for area students to volunteer or even apprentice. There is possible synergy between the groups for rental or borrowing of costumes. 

Donations may be made via our website:  www.starfoundationmc.org

or by mail to:  

S.T.A.R. Foundation MC

P.O Box 2538

Salinas, CA 93902

S.T.A.R. announces winners of 2018 Performing Arts Scholarships

With the inclusion of the three recipients it will bring the total of students receiving S.T.A.R. scholarships to

(45) forty-five and a total of over $90,000 granted.

S.T.A.R. is proud to help continue and encourage participation in the performing arts.

2018 Scholarship Recipients:

Victoria Favilla,  Salinas High School

Lauren Yhip, Salinas High School

Tyler Koran, Salinas High School






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