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The Weston Collective

Mission

The Weston Collective is committed to the preservation of black and white film photography on the central coast of California through photographic mentorships, exhibitions, and the Weston Scholarship. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Weston Collective relies on its generous patrons and supporters to continue Edward Weston's photographic legacy in local schools.

The Big Idea

The Weston Collective is committed to the preservation of black and white film photography on the Central Coast of California through photographic mentorships, exhibitions and the Weston Scholarship program. Framing Photography’s Future is an ongoing project that incorporates the art of silver gelatin darkroom photography in an after-school program, located at the Martin Luther King Junior School for the Arts in Seaside, for fifth- and sixth-grade students in underserved schools. Framing Photography’s Future augments the growing arts program by offering students an additional means for artistic expression. As for working toward a common goal, The Weston Collective contributes to the proven success arts programs have had to significantly improve academic achievement, reduce disciplinary referrals and increase attendance.

I would like to thank you for the Weston scholarship awarded to me and for the honorable mention I received. I am very grateful for the wonderful opportunity you have given me and for such a memorable event. I will continue on my journey with photography and I will always be inspired by the Weston family and for your generosity over the years to talented photographers.

- Mark Michael

We Did It, Together!

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.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.