Our mission is to provide a platform for expression of First Amendment Rights through video training, creation, and distribution.
Our mission is to advance economic viability, social equity, and ecological land management among limited-resource and aspiring farmers.
Established in 1992. Alisal Eagles Youth Cheer/Football Organization is here to teach the fundamentals of football and cheer to the youth of Alisal, Salinas, CA with an emphasis on promoting good sportsmanship, academic excellence, and teamwork.
Aromas Hils Artisans seek to celebrate and inspire the creation of art by providing support, education, and enrichment for our members and for the community.
The Art Careers Academy at Monterey High School is a California Partnership Academy, a school- within-a-school, for students interested in the Visual and/or Performing Arts.
We are dedicated to bringing people from all cultures together through education, facilitation, and promotion of all disciplines of the arts in Monterey County, furthering intercultural understanding in our community, cultivating cultural tourism in Salinas, and the economic advancement of local artists and youth in the underserved population.
Arts Habitat is a non-profit organization established in 1991 and dedicated to the creation of an affordable, vibrant arts community at East Garrison in Monterey County.
Our mission is to provide an outstanding dance arts program to Monterey County youth through participation in live performances, to nurture their appreciation of the arts and help them strive towards accomplishment and personal best.
Acknowledged as one of the finest, young quartets in the country, the Baumer String Quartet was founded in 2003 by a group of young musicians at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The members of the quartet pursue parallel careers as international soloists, leaders and principal players of world-class orchestras, as members of eminent chamber groups, and as tutors and professors of music. The Baumer String Quartet comes together for a limited touring schedule on a project-by-project basis inspired by the success of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra and the New Orford String Quartet.
The community stands witness to the challenges of under privileged kids that want, and deserve, a chance for a full and rewarding life. This chance is well within reach, with help from our community.The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County have been a vital part of this community for over 45 years.
The Camerata Singers provides high-quality cultural and educational opportunities for a multi-generational audience through the production of choral music recognized for its imaginative programming and performance excellence.
Youth Classes: http://camerata-singers.org/cms%7Ceducationoutserach-3.html
Caminos Del Arte enhances the cultural life of our community by educating our youth, through arts training, mentoring, performance and cultural programs. We teach and promote traditional and nontraditional arts, which fill cultural voids in our community, and we provide leadership skills that will last a lifetime.
Captain Cooper School is a community of learning and caring. Our school maintains high expectations for all students, both academically and as model members of society.
Founded by Carmel-by-the-Sea artist Jeanne D’Orge, the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts was established to help support experimental fine arts and projects in the sciences. Since its opening in 1948, the Center has strived to stay true to its mission of presenting quality and diverse artistic, educational, and cultural programs in Monterey County.
The Carmel Art & Film Festival celebrates and promotes the best in independent film, contemporary art and photography; nurtures the artists who are compelled to tell their stories in the medium of their choice; and supports the next generation through student arts programs, scholarships, and grants.
CBF’s mission is to celebrate the works, inspiration & ongoing influence of J.S. Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in experiences that integrate music, education & ideas, and by meaningful engagement supportive of our diverse communities. We aim to inspire a younger, more diverse, and generally broader population to experience our programs, whether as audience members or students participating in our training programs.
Youth Programs: http://www.bachfestival.org/community-engagement.htm
The Carmel Classic Guitar Society (CCGS) promotes the classical guitar through education, workshops, recitals, lectures, and gatherings for the public. The CCGS serves the youth and underserved elderly and ailing residents of Monterey County through its two arts programs The Guitar in Schools and the Healing Guitar.
See Calendar for Classes: http://www.carmelguitarsociety.org/Calendar.html
Carmel Heritage Society protects, preserves, and promotes the cultural heritage of Carmel-by-the-Sea in a way that encourages public recognition and participation so that people will have a greater knowledge and appreciation of the community and its sphere of influence.
Our mission is to celebrate the artistry of film and to educate viewers with film offerings conceived and created through a uniquely Jewish lens. Our intention is to entertain, to provoke discussion, and to provide experiences that engage both mind and heart. We hope that our festival will help bridge cultural and religious differences and contribute to solidarity and peace within our greater community.
The library is an essential part of life on the Central Coast of California. Charitable contributions fund 100% of the books, materials, programs, equipment, and services. Thanks to this generous support, Carmel Library maintains its superior reputation, serving 106,000 locals and visitors from our community, the Central Coast and beyond.
Classes for children (scroll to bottom): http://hm-lib.org/
CVAA is the ‘art and the artists’ showcasing local fine art: oil, watercolor & acrylics, mixed media, three-dimensional & sculpture, mosaic & glass, photography and jewelry. Our artists work the gallery daily to ‘meet & greet’ you ~ our community and guests.
The Carmel Youth Center is committed to providing a positive and academically friendly environment that is safe, drug-alcohol-and-tobacco-free, and is designed for the community youth.
The purpose of the Central Coast Art Association (CCAA) is to promote interest in and appreciation of fine art in Monterey County. The organization strives to provide educational opportunities for its members through workshops, seminars, and artist demonstrations. CCAA promotes various avenues for its members to display their artistic interpretations for the public.
The mission of Chartwell School is to diagnostically educate students with specific learning variations, including dyslexia, in a way that provides them with the academic skills, confidence, creativity and perseverance necessary to meet the challenges of mainstream education and lifelong learning.
The mission of Colleagues of the Arts (COTA) is to provide opportunities to help gifted, under-served Monterey County artists realize their potential in the arts by offering support for on-going lessons, equipment, and programs, as well as on-going mentoring.
Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) is a prevention program providing positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, and violence while reinforcing individual strengths. Our vision is to provide our youth with a safe, structured environment that encourages healthy boundaries, positive self-esteem, and the ability to make good choices for a full and successful life.
Programs and Classes: http://cpy.org/programs/
Our mission is to create opportunities for education and dialogue on end of life issues, care choices, planning, and to provide resources on end of life issues.
The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Dance Program brings at-risk youth a free and positive alternative to drugs and violence through the fun, healthy, and expressive art form of dance.
Established in 2001, the DEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization that exists to support the DEA Museum through fundraising, advocacy and educational outreach, exhibit sponsorship, and educational program development.
Estampa De Las Americas is a non-profit organization committed to educate our community with instruction, education, and performing of cultural diversity among the different background groups of this population. Estampa De Las Americas (EDLA) will expose the richness of our diversity enhancing the pride and respect through learning and performing music and dance of ancient Americas Continent to every individual that EDLA may have the opportunity to come into contact with.
The mission of the Festa Italia Santa Rosalia Foundation is to enrich the community life of everyone in our region by celebrating the arts, culture, and heritage of our Italian community by presenting and providing scholarships for local students.
The mission of First Night Monterey, Inc. is to bring families together and unite our community in all its diversity through the visual and performing arts, to foster the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts, and to celebrate families and community through workshops and the New Year’s Eve celebration.
The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries was founded with the goal of supporting vital enhancement programs for the Monterey County Free Libraries. In 1989, Mark Massel left a $100,000 bequest to the county libraries. The head librarian at the time, Dallas Shaffer, had a vision of using the funds to create an institution that would support the local libraries for years to come.
Programs and Classes: http://www.fmcfl.org/programs.htm
Our mission is to make the performing arts available to the community of Pacific Grove, to maintain and enhance the Performing Arts Center, and to benefit performing arts programs in local schools.
The Friends of Sunset Foundation was established in 1984 to support the mission and goals of the Sunset Community and Cultural Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The Foundation team operates the Sunset Center concession services, The Sunset Cafe, to raise funds to support and enhance the cultural activities and facilities of Sunset Center.
The Friends of the Castroville Library (FOL) are dedicated to the principle that libraries provide opportunities for the enrichment of our community. We are a non-profit 501-c-(3) and member-supported group since 1985.
Gateway Center’s mission is to create a caring and stimulating environment where adults with developmental disabilities can live in our community, in surroundings compatible with their ability to live and work at the highest level possible.
Our mission is to provide a Salinas World Pop Dance and Leadership program which addresses youth leadership issues in a low-income, high-risk area through dance and the performing arts.
Workshops currently at Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas on Saturdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The mission of Girls Incorporated of the Central Coast (GICC) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, bold, and to respect themselves and the world around them. Our philosophy is to create a community recognizing that each young person already embodies the qualities and strengths to achieve self-empowerment and become a leader. Our role is to cultivate and grow those qualities.
Our mission is to provide guitars and lessons to foster kids, at-risk youth, and other deserving children in a classroom setting with qualified teachers.
HARA is dedicated to nourishing the hearts, minds, and spirits of young professionals who feel drawn to represent life through new media–providing Monterey Bay high school students film-making and acting training through hands-on experience producing original films in order to prepare them for a sustainable career in the collaborative arts.
The Henry Miller Library is a public beneﬁt, non-proﬁt 501 (c) 3 organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller. The Library also serves as a cultural resource center, functioning as a public gallery/performance/workshop space for artists, writers, musicians and students.
The mission of Historic Monterey is to promote natural and cultural heritage through outreach, preservation, and education of visitors and residents through collaboration with government, community, and business organizations.
The Indigenous Film & Television Institute (IFTI) is dedicated to promoting indigenous peoples in the arts to educate the global community about indigenous peoples, their culture, and their ways of life.
Our mission is to provide services and affordable housing to support members of our community with mental illness in building productive and satisfying lives.
Our mission is to educate all children toward becoming conscientious, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world. Our vision is of a world of understanding.
JazzAge Monterey exists to facilitate the live performance of early jazz and other historically related music of the 1920s and ’30s as part of the American musical heritage, and to educate and encourage young people to learn, appreciate, and perform this music.
The mission of Ladies First is to motivate and encourage at-risk females, by providing them with tools to enhance their socialization skills through education, cultural exposure, and skill-set development workshops.
Our mission is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, health, and civil rights of the Latino population in the United States.
MYA was founded as a non-profit nine years ago. Our mission is to provide opportunities for children of Marina and throughout the region to experience the performing, visual, and cultural arts through seasonals 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 preserve and nurture the Arts because they are vital to the quality of life now and in the future.
Marine Life Studies is a nonprofit organization committed to protecting our oceans, whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife.
Our mission is to acquire knowledge and share knowledge and inspire the next generation of whale, dolphin and ocean conservationists.
We acquire knowledge through on-going research, share and utilize that knowledge to encourage conservation, and inspire the public, especially children,
with our educational programs.
Programs and Classes: http://www.marinelifestudies.org/index.php/Education-Programs/educatio-programs.html
Millennium Charter High School is an arts and technology based high school. MCHS graduates will be prepared for college and ready for employment in the evolving world of Media Arts Technology through a balance of traditional academics and real-world, hands-on experiences. Our students will discover their unique gifts and talents and how to use them as they work individually and collaboratively. Engaged and educated in a true community of learners, our students will be empowered to realize their dreams.
The MSVRR Historical Society is dedicated to creating & maintaining a Railroad Museum in Salinas with an emphasis on the historic, contemporary, and future value of the Railroad to the Monterey Bay Region, providing experiential education opportunities for children of all ages enhancing the core curriculum and inspiring civic involvement in our communities.
Artists Equity is a non-profit organization established in 1987 to support the artists in Monterey County. Our mission is to support, promote, and advance the visual arts bringing artists and art enthusiasts together. AE seeks to expand its presence on the local art scene through generating new audiences and providing awareness of the arts to all members and our local community. Membership includes emerging and professional artists and patrons invested in the arts.
Our mission is to educate our community about critical global issues, and the vital role of the ideals and work of the United Nations in addressing them, through a variety of channels and media.
Monterey Bay Charter School is a partnership of diverse and committed families and faculty providing a Waldorf-inspired K-8 public education, which empowers children to discover their gifts, enjoy a full and enduring childhood, and to pursue lifelong learning.
We are an organization that is mainly composed of Chinese teachers teaching Chinese in the U.S. We are here to help exporting Chinese culture meanwhile we exchange our learning in Chinese art, literature, philosophy. Here you find the best writers, novelists, poets, philosophers, linguists and educators in the U.S.
MCARLM celebrates the past, present, and future of agriculture in Monterey County by interpreting authentic objects, providing unique programs, and building community connections.
The mission of the Monterey County Dance Foundation is to support the performing art of dance in Southern Monterey County through fundraising, event promotion, and event organization that directly benefits performers, youth, and the community of Southern Monterey County.
Programs and Classes: http://www.montereycountydancetheatre.com/classes.html
The Monterey County Film Commission is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and facilitate film and media production throughout Monterey County, creating positive economic impact.
The Monterey County Pops! is a local symphony dedicated to bringing pops and patriotic orchestral music performed by professional musicians to the residents and visitors of Monterey County free of charge, while providing musical support to local arts organizations.
Our mission is to support the activities of the Media Center for Art, Education, and Technology and the Millennium Charter High School for the Arts.
We are a group of volunteers who love cowboy poetry, western music, cowboy movies and western art and gear. We formed a non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) in order to bring the best western entertainment and art to Monterey County and especially the historical City of Monterey. Our charitable partner is the Salvation Army. They have been living the cowboy way for some time.
The mission of the Monterey History and Arts Association (MHAA) is to share the histories and the diverse legacies of people, stories, and places that continue to shape the Monterey region. MHAA instituted Montery’s historic landmark program and created the Path of History, which guides visitors to historic sites in old Monterey. MHAA possesses extensive collections of furnishings, paintings, photographs, costumes, books, manscripts, and other artifcats, and is the parent organization of the Museum of Monterey (MoM) which features History, Arts, Innovation, and Maritime. MHAA owns and preserves Casa Serrano Adobe, Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library, and the Frances Doud House and garden.
As in past years, this outstanding film festival screens diverse international documentary films designed to wake up, educate and mobilize viewers around critical global issues. A volunteer Film Festival committee spends over six months searching key documentary film sites for excellent and recent issue-oriented documentary films, in order to select the nine films which will be screened in this year’s festival.
The mission of Monterey Jazz Festival is to celebrate the legacy of jazz, expand its boundaries, and provide opportunities to experience jazz through performances and education programs.
Programs and Classes: http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/jazz-education
Monterey Peninsula College Foundation supports MPC by being strong advocates for the College in the community and by raising significant financial support for the College. The Foundation is committed to the concept that education is the means by which people may reach their full potential.
The mission of the Monterey Peninsula Community Theatre Company Charitable Trust (MPC Theatre Trust) is to support the Monterey Peninsula College Theatre Company, the producing arm of the Monterey Peninsula College Theatre Arts program.
Monterey Peninsula Gospel Community Choir strives to expose the Monterey Bay Area community to a wide variety of unforgettable free gospel music experiences. To achieve this goal, we aim to educate in the art and history of gospel music with choral training and gospel music education.
Monterey Bay Dance Company’s mission is to provide quality after-school dance education for teens, with a community outreach educational component.
To Inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. The Museum is a living field guide of the California Central Coast.
Natividad Medical Foundation is dedicated to philanthropically supporting Natividad Medical Center, one of California’s 19 public safety net hospitals, in its mission to continually monitor and improve the health status of the people of Monterey County through access to high quality, coordinated healthcare services, regardless of ability to pay.
The mission of the Old Monterey Foundation is to promote, support, and enhance the artistic and cultural environment of historic downtown Monterey, California.
Orchestra in the Schools, Inc. provides students throughout Monterey County an opportunity to learn an instrument, be a part of an orchestra, and perform with students from other schools. Orchestra in the Schools, Inc. (OITS) is known for its outstanding small group instrumental instruction, and students, parents, and lovers of music always look forward to the concerts performed annually in the winter and spring.
Since 1969, Pacific Grove Art Center has been a community based nonprofit seeking to enhance art appreciation and encourage the creation of art. With the desire to have art available to everyone, PGAC has held low cost classes, free exhibits, and offered reduced rent for artist’s studios for over 40 years. Emerging to established artists are professionally shown in our historic galleries, and large group shows can provide the first step into the art world for many. Through generous donations, grants, and hundreds of volunteered hours, the Art Center continues its mission today.
Our mission is to cultivate art appreciation and encourage community involvement in the arts through exhibits, classes, and events to children, youth and adults living in Monterey County.
In celebrating the transforming power of the creative spirit, PacRep Theatre produces bold and daring interpretations of the great plays from the world stage – plays that engage, excite, educate, and inspire – presenting a world class theatrical experience.
Youth Classes and Programs: http://www.schoolofdramaticarts.org/classes.html
For each of our students to become: an effective communicator, a complex thinker, an independent learner, a quality producer, a collaborative learner, and a responsible contributing citizen.
The mission of the Parks Foundation is to provide interpretive programs in history and environmental education for Monterey County residents.
Peacock Acres provides supportive housing, intense case management, and life coaching for foster and former foster youth that have been separated from their families. With resolve in our hearts, we steer them towards opportunities for growth for growth as they continue their journey toward a happy, productive life.
The mission of the Philip Glass Center for the Arts, Sciences, and the Environment is to gather the world’s leaders in the fields of art, science, and the environment for a broad array of interdisciplinary activities including performances, seminars, and educational programs that inspire and motivate the public to become engaged with matters vital to the future of the natural environment and the quality of human existence.
Rancho Cielo’s mission is to partner with our community to provide a safe campus to deliver programs and services that inspire at-risk youth to learn new skills, gain self-esteem and confidence. Our vision is to transform the lives of at-risk youth and empower them to become accountable, competent, productive, and responsible citizens.
Programs and Classes: http://ranchocieloyc.org/new/programs/
Our mission is to provide cultural stimulation to the community by affording its citizens an opportunity to view, enjoy, and participate in the performing arts, and to encourage and promote the education and training of performers and youth of the community through grants, scholarships, and other forms of aid.
Our mission is to provide cultural enrichment programs to citizens of Monterey County.
Sol Treasures awakens and nurtures appreciation and passion for the arts in people of all ages in South Monterey County and provides a home for creative and inspiring opportunities to unify the community through art and culture. We fulfil our mission through our gallery of local artists, classes in art, music and theater for all ages, and cultural enrichment events.
The mission of the Soledad-Mission Recreation District is to enrich our community through the provision of programs and facilities that enhance positive, wholesome, and healthy recreation.
Classes (scroll down to art classes): http://www.soledad-mission-recreation-district.org/programs/
The YMCA believes in nurturing the potential of every child through youth development, promoting healthy living, and inspiring social responsibility through healthy living activities.
Our mission is to encourage, develop, maintain, preserve, and fund a performing arts facility in Southern Monterey County, specifically the Robert Stanton Theater at King City High School, and to make the facility accessible to all organizations who want to utilize one of the finest theatrical venues in the Central Coast region.
The SD mission is to establish a vibrant center for the performing arts offering a wide variety of dance-based activities that connects diverse artists and audiences, bridges disciplines through collaboration, and celebrates the power of dance to inform and inspire. The SD vision is to utilize dance and the arts as a vehicle to open doors, ignite creativity, and fuel the human spirit.
Our mission is to serve as a multi-purpose gathering place that enriches, educates, inspires, and entertains Monterey County residents and visitors by presenting performances, visual arts, and education programs, and by hosting public, private, and community events.
Aditi, Sanskrit for creative abundance, promotes the living arts for daily survival with style through education, youth scholarships, performance and touring, and multicultural programs of ethnic dance and interarts in Monterey County.
Danzas Aditi was formed in 2003 as a professional touring ensemble. Its mission is to choreograph, stage and perform dance concerts featuring traditional and innovative collaborations, with interfaces that accent cultural and artistic commonalities while revealing the authentic uniqueness of each dance.
Our mission is to sponsor public benefit educational programs that introduce and develop for individuals the inner creative process used by experienced artists of various fine arts disciplines.
The mission of The Links, Inc, Monterey Bay Chapter is to be an organization committed to the development and implementation of programs that inspire people of African American origin through cultural, educational, and civic participation. We have accomplished this in our chapter by faithfully striving to be proactive and making a presence in the communities that we serve. By doing so, we have facilitated positive change in our chapter’s service areas on the Monterey Peninsula, and globally have been able to transcend time, race, social, and economic differences by reaching out and partnering with other organizations.
The National Steinbeck Center is located in John Steinbeck’s hometown of Salinas, Calif., a scenic 17-mile drive from Monterey in the heart of Steinbeck Country. The Center offers three distinct visitor experiences in literature and history, agriculture and art, as well special events and educational programs.
Writing Program: http://www.steinbeck.org/pages/steinbeck-young-authors
The Parenting Connection of Monterey County exists to promote and support Parents’ Place through fund-raising and volunteerism. The mission of Parents’ Place is to provide families from all parts of Monterey County with information needed to nurture their babies and toddlers in a positive, loving, and healthy environment.
Classes and Workshops: http://parentsplaceonline.org/find-help/learn/workshops/
Our mission is to inspire a global response that eliminates the barriers preventing a diversity of girls from having a personal relationship with the ocean and with one another.
The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to residents of the Central Coast by meeting their individual needs in an ethical, effective, caring, and fiscally responsive manner.
Our mission is to establish a viable street paper empowering and liberating opportunity for the homeless and marginalized population of Monterey County to voice their views, build useful publishing skills, build the community with a newspaper, provide income with the newspaper, and be a forum for community dialogue about the issues of homelessness and poverty in Monterey County.
The mission of Youth Arts Collective (YAC) is to provide a creative sanctuary for Monterey County youth ages 14 t 22 to explore their potential as artists as they develop personal awareness and self-esteem, social understanding, and an appreciation for contributing in positive ways to their community.
YAC provides supplies, studio space, art training, exhibition and commission opportunities, individual mentoring, and a community unlike any other. We’re open 4 hours a day, 6 days a week, year round.
YAC is open to the public:
Weekdays: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.