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


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