Author: Media Director/Thursday, May 12, 2022/Categories: Past Programs
Speaker, Felicia Gaston
Executive Director, Performing Stars of Marin
Marin City was created in 1942. To put Marin City on the map and to celebrate its history and culture, Felecia and Jahi Torman created Marin City 80, a year-long celebration of history, culture, and art to bring forward the largely untold story of African American perseverance in Marin County. Starting in Feb 2022 through October 2022, monthly themed celebrations are planned. Felicia will discuss the history of Marin City and her vision for its future.,
Felecia Gaston has been working nonstop to enrich the lives of the residents of Marin City and put it on the map. Performing Stars, an enrichment program for children, that she founded in 1990, instills pride, character, discipline, and self-esteem in her students. The Center has transformed the lives of over 3,000 low-income children over a period of 32 years. Her talk will discuss the creation, journey, and continued evolution of Performing Stars, which started with just 8 children attending a ballet class. Since then, the program has grown and expanded to include a variety of programs in dance, theater, baton twirling, digital and financial literacy, sailing class, field trips, and incorporating social skills.
Among the many awards Felicia has been awarded, they include the Marin Women's Hall of Fame (1999) and the Marin Human Rights Commission - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award (2002). She also has been featured on television in ABC7 Salutes by Cheryl Jennings, Anchor, KGO-TV (2006), and the Hallmark Channel-New Morning Television (2006). In 2012, Felecia was recognized with a Cultural Treasures Award by the Marin County Cultural Services Commission, as an honoree for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s “Bridging the Generations” event, and as a Role Model Hero of Marin by the Pacific Sun newspaper and Circle Bank. In 2015, Felecia was presented with recognition in the House of Representatives Congressional Record by the Honorable Jared Huffman. And most recently, in 2020 Felecia received the Center for Volunteers and Nonprofit Leadership’s Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence award.
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