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Special Projects

Starting Arts Student Scholarships – $1,800 (1 year)

DreamTeamWickedStarting Arts has created a unique program called Dream Team. This program is for talented young artists and budding triple threats we encounter throughout the Bay Area. Dream Team is divided into two groups – Dream Team is for students in grades 8-12 and Dream Team 2 (DT2) is for students in grades 5-8 grade. Participants receive top notch training in music, theater and dance and perform in 2 musical productions per year. In addition to weekly rehearsal/technique classes, Dream Team and DT2 members have monthly workshops with industry professionals. These specialized workshops develop a wide variety of skills: auditioning, performance technique, stage combat, vocal master classes, just to name a few.

Admission to Dream Team is by audition only and based on talent and dedication. Starting Arts believes that no student should be denied performing arts training for lack of funds. Therefore, this scholarship will  help secure the financial resources for students who have been selected but can’t afford to pay. You can make a donation to the Student Scholarships online. Gifts of any amount are gratefully appreciated. All contributions to Starting Arts for scholarships are fully tax deductible.


Starting Arts During-School Arts Fund

boy_artwork_schoolThe goal of Starting Arts’ During-School Program is to offer professional arts instruction during the school day to Bay Area schools.  We are seeking funding for Title 1 schools. These schools lack the financial resources to provide arts enrichment for their students.

Starting Arts takes careful consideration in designing arts programs that support and enhance general education goals and incorporate the California State Visual and Performing Arts Standards. (See our current Content Priorities here). We tailor every arts program to fit the needs of the individual school. We offer several types of during school programs, including:

  • During School Rotating Arts Wheel (dance, theatre, music, visual arts)
  • 30 min classes
  • Cost for 32 weeks of instruction – $1,760 per class or $58.6 per student
  • Cost 24 weeks instruction – $1,320 per class or $44 per student
  • Cost for 18 weeks of instruction – $990 per class or $33 dollars per student


Starting Arts After-School Arts Enrichment Fund

SprignSingChoir_webThe After-School Enrichment Program’s mission is to expose children to the joy and creativity of the arts. Starting Arts is looking for funding to provide a variety of before- and after-school arts programs for students in Title 1 schools. Here are a few sample programs along with their costs. For a more exact cost breakdown please contact Mike Boston for Theatre productions and Kelly Velasquez for Choir, Dance and Visual Arts classes. We would be happy to find a way to make these programs happen at your school.

  • Musical theatre production – $14,000
  • Choir program – $5,000
  • Visual Arts program- $5,500 (including supplies)
  • Dance program – $5,000


Kaiser Permanente Healing Arts Project

Arts_Play_Day_Pie_PlaydoughStarting Arts, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, is launching a Healing Arts project for pediatric oncology patients at the Santa Clara Kaiser facility. Thanks to the generous donation from the Santa Clara Rotary Club, professional artists visit children at the Kaiser hospital in Santa Clara and provide one on one, or small group lessons in visual arts, music and theatre. With additional funds we hope to expand our program to more hospitals and to include all in-house pediatric patients. No child should be deprived of the arts. Read about some of the research being done on the therapeutic aspects of the arts on pediatric oncology patients HERE