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Weston Collective


The Weston Collective (TWC) is committed to supporting aspiring photographers and preserving the traditional process of black and white film photography on the central coast of California through scholarships, mentorships, exhibitions, workshops, publications, lectures, videos, and artists in residence.

The Big Idea

The Weston Collective supports aspiring photographers and preserves the traditional process of black-and-white film photography on California’s Central Coast through scholarships, mentorships, exhibitions, workshops and more. Their Big Idea, Framing Photography’s Future, will serve fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School of the Arts in Seaside. Minority enrollment there is 98 percent, more than 20 percent higher than California’s average. Framing Photography’s Future will augment the growing arts program at MLK School by offering students an additional means for artistic expression. The Weston Collective will contribute to the proven success arts programs have had when it comes to improving academic achievement, reducing disciplinary referrals and increasing attendance.

Winning a Weston Collective scholarship was not only surprising but really validated my interest in photography. It felt amazing to be recognized for the work that I had been working on and has inspired me to continue photography and use it as a form of creative expression. I am so honored and can't wait to keep pursing my dreams in the arts.

- John Henry

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 $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 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 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.