Starting Arts

Starting Arts


Located in Santa Clara, California, Starting Arts is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is the promotion and preservation of quality arts education in public schools.

Since 2000, Starting Arts has partnered with school communities and districts in the San Francisco Bay area to provide both during and after school programs in visual and performing arts for children in grades K through 12.


In the year 2000, an individual benefactor approached Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) with a vision: to revive arts education in local public schools. Starting Arts was created to make this vision a reality. Over the past twelve years Starting Arts has far exceeded expectations. Our organization has gone from piloting classes at a single elementary school, to running visual and performing arts programs, before, during, and after school, at 75 schools in 12 Bay Area school districts, including: Campbell, Evergreen, Moreland, San Jose Unified, Santa Clara Unified, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Cambrian, Union, Fremont, and Ravenswood.

Starting Arts Programs

  • Art Camp
  • Dance Camp
  • Music Camp
  • Vocal Music
  • Theatre & Musical Theatre
  • Green Art
  • Clay Creations
  • Guitar
  • African Drumming & Stepping
  • Pop Jam
  • Broadway Bound
  • Acting Explorers
  • Circus Arts
  • 3-D Sculpture Studio
  • Paint Ink & Messy Art
  • Myths & Legends Come Alive
  • Hip Hop Dance

Interesting Facts

Starting Arts holds arts education classes at school sites throughout the Bay Area. In addition, our summer camps are available in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Willow Glen. Studio classes are held at our Santa Clara location.

Connection to Community

We support and are supported by the local arts community. Since the initial pilot program, our list of affiliated artists has grown from three to forty-five. These artists are working professionals with a desire to pass on their skills to the next generation. They are drawn to Starting Arts by our commitment to arts education and quality arts productions.

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