WHO WE ARE
S.T.A.R.S. is created and run by Marcelle LeBlanc. At the age of 14, Marcelle had a vision and goal to provide access to the arts for as many children as possible.
Marcelle is a Birmingham native and advocate for arts education. Marcelle began her love of the arts at the age of 10 when she was asked to be a part of a new Broadway musical’s first reading in New York and was given the honor of playing young Judy Garland and young Shirley Temple. From that point on Marcelle went on to pursue a career in the arts and has seen success starring in Stranger Things, Criminal Minds, ABC pilot False Profits, Cobra Kai and coming this summer the 20th Century Fox blockbuster, Fear Street.
But success has not come easy and life before the arts was difficult. “I was very sad as a young kid in elementary school. I was different and quiet, and I just didn’t fit in and the kids around me were more than happy to let me know that. I remember just feeling lonely and isolated and crying a lot. My feelings and even being bullied by other kids led me to withdraw and even lose interest in school.”
It was at this time in her life that Marcelle started participating in outside arts programs and realized the family and life that were waiting for her. “My life was changed forever by one community theatre director who took a chance on a little girl who didn’t know stage left from stage right and now I want to give that opportunity to other kids across the state and eventually across the country!”
Marcelle’s hard work and desire to make a change in arts education caught the eye of the Alabama Arts Alliance. As an official partner and spokesperson Marcelle has created a scholarship program to provide access and opportunity in the arts to those students who want and need access. She will also lead the Alliance’s first Student Advisory Board and hopes to affect change in the legislature as it pertains to funding and access to arts in public schools.
“Not all kids learn the same and it’s important that education and educators evolve with the needs of students in order to create well educated and well rounded adults. I believe that arts is the key to bridging the gap.”
S.T.A.R.S. stands for Supporting The Arts through Resource and Scholarship. We are a scholarship program working directly with the Alabama Arts Alliance to create Scholarships for current K5 through 11th graders who want and need access to after school arts programs!
We provide the opportunities for children to participate in community and school arts groups and programs without the worry of tuition (i.e, dance classes, voice lessons, art classes, etc.)
If you know a student that is deserving of receiving a scholarship, please click the link below and nominate them today! Nominations are now live!
All money raised is donated directly to the Alabama Arts Alliance and formulated into the S.T.A.R.S. scholarships. Our Junior Board as well our Advisory Board and Alabama arts Alliance will go through all applications to choose scholarships winners.
Winners will be notified by email.
Don't let anyone miss out on the life-changing power of the arts!
NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS
FOR 2021-22 SCHOLARSHIPS!
Be a part of directly changing children's lives! Donate now to help fund the 2021-22 S.T.A.R.S. scholarships!
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All donations are run through the Alabama Arts Alliance, which is a 501c3 Non-Profit, and is tax-deductible!
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