WHERE ART STARTS is a non-profit organization funded entirely by individual donations. Contributions from local organizations, art enthusiasts, parents, and educational partnerships remain the heartbeat of our program and ensure continued advancements and academic achievements year after year. As a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink, all donations given to  WHERE ART STARTS are tax deductible.

WHERE ART STARTS has, and always will, approach the arts in a very substantial way, refraining from ‘watering-down’ either materials or content, as so many children’s programs tend to do. Your financial support for this program remains vital to our organization’s partnerships and our ability to bring outstanding artist educators, high-quality materials, and stunning culminating presentations to preschool children year after year.

Through WHERE ART STARTS, children build life-long self esteem; enhance visual, emotional, and verbal vocabulary; develop physical coordination and fine-motor skills; refine cognitive and reasoning skills; become familiar with high-quality art materials; and learn to give healthy expression to their ideas.

THANK YOU for your interest.  Your support is essential to the continued success of the program, and we are truly grateful for your contribution.


A child's first impression through the arts can be a life-changing experience. Learning
through the arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts, and math and
provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems.

- First Lady Michelle Obama