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Performing Stars Of Marin: 30 Years Of Making A Difference To Kids

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When Felecia Gaston founded Performing Stars of Marin in 1990, a nonprofit art academy serving the underprivileged, she began with no budget whatsoever. “I had no idea about fundraising, writing grants, doing all the networking, filling out the 501(c)(3)s,” Gaston says.

Fast-forward 30 years, and today more than 3,000 young people have attended the program--and many have gone on to achieve at a level they never thought possible. By making classes, scholarships and other assistance accessible to families unable to afford performing arts programs, Gaston opened up a new world to kids who otherwise may have never had the chance to participate in the arts.

One excellent example is John Lam, now a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet; Lam is now in his fifteenth season with the prestigious dance company. “I went to class and didn’t like it at first because I was the only boy,” he says. “But Felecia [took all of us to] see the San Francisco Ballet and I got to see other dancers who were men. It was then I gave dance a chance.”

And John Lam is just one among many. To hear more about Felecia Gaston and her tenacious commitment to young people and the arts, check out the recent feature in the Marin Independent Journal.

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