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Marina Youth Arts

Mission

Our mission is to provide opportunities for the children of Marina and throughout the area to experience the performing, visual and cultural arts through seasonal and year-round participation based programs. We are the only non-profit organization in Marina committed to such an endeavor. We believe that communities need to sreserve and nurture the Arts because they are vital to the quality of life now and in the future.

The Big Idea

Marina Youth Arts provides opportunities for the children of Marina and throughout the area to experience the performing, visual and cultural arts through seasonal and year-round participation-based programs. When Covid-19 led to schools closing in March, Marina Youth Arts decided to carry on musical theater, visual arts, media arts and journaling after-school classes via social media. Their Big Idea, Reaching Out for the Arts, focuses on providing virtual after-school art classes. It was so successful in the spring that they continued through the summer break and into this school year. The organization has decided to continue the online out-reach so that they can include those students who cannot otherwise attend in-person classes.

The Marina Youth Arts program is such a wonderful experience for the students of MPUSD to gain confidence. They learn public speaking skills, teamwork, coordination and develop a work ethic—and, of course, have fun. It has been amazing for me to see these kids blossom in shows and to see how much they can change in just a short time. Students gain life skills and experi- ences that will stick with them forever, thanks to your program. My wife and I are always excited to attend performances. I can’t imagine students not being a part of these shows, as its been such a big part of MPUSD.

- Tom Jennings, MPUSD trustee

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.