TOP NEWS: Vital Funds Raised for MSA

The 2015 DIVINE WINE & FOOD EXTRAVAGANZA presented by Academy of Art University (AAU) and produced by the Harbor Point Charitable Foundation (HPCF), under the direction of Ray Kaliski, raised a record $55,000 to support MSA students. The unforgettable May 9th fundraiser featured world-class wines, mouth-watering cuisine, great auction items and entertainment by talented MSA students.

“Ray’s children never attended MSA. Yet he saw a program he admired, saw the wonderful things MSA does for our kids, and simply asked, ‘How can I help?’” said MSA Director, Peter Ornstein. “Ray was elated at this year’s success! Funds will be put to immediate use to buy instruments, cameras, art supplies, computers and—most important of all—will fund visiting expert artists to help raise student artistry to the next level.”

Mark your calendars: The 2016 Divine Wine and Food Extravaganza will be held May 14 at Unity Marin.

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Ceramics Sculpture

About The School

The Marin School of the Arts (MSA) is an award-winning arts academy within a public high school setting.

MSA offers talented and motivated students the opportunity for professional arts instruction and practice while fulfilling all requirements in math, science, language arts, physical education and other elective programs at Novato High School.

Marin School of the Arts is a regional magnet to which students can apply for admission from any school in the Bay Area, as well as from within the Novato Unified School District.

The affordable and cost-effective setting of the program in a public high school encourages a greater socio-economic and geographic diversity of talented young artists, attracting students across Novato, Marin County and the wider Bay Area.

Young Frankenstein - The Musical

Student Spotlight

MSA Student Illustrates Book Cover

MSA-student-drawingMSA student artist Gabriella Borges had no idea she was being observed while she was drawing on her tablet during a long flight to Hawaii in 2013. While she was completely absorbed, her artwork had caught a fellow passenger’s attention.

“She was in her own world. She would create this really beautiful image and then she would erase it and I thought ‘Oh my God, how can you erase something so beautiful,’” Armando Arias, a professor, recalls of the flight he and his wife were taking on their way to vacation. “We went through the plane ride, going in and out of sleep, and poking each other to see what she was creating,” he recalls.

Finally, Dr. Arias couldn’t sit idly by watching anymore. He struck up a conversation with Borges. A professor of social psychology at the University of California, Monterey Bay, with keen interest in how people interact with and relate to art, Arias decided then and there to ask Borges if she would like to provide illustrations an upcoming class project. Read more…

Academic Programs




Musical Theatre


Creative Writing


Vocal Music


Digital Art


Theatre Arts


Visual Arts

Marin School of the Arts Dance



Cinematic Arts

Marin School of the Arts Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music

MSA Jazz Choir at Next Generaion Monterey Jazz Festival

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We Need Your Help

Marin School of the Arts relies on the support of our dedicated community of parents, alumni and others. If you are interested in supporting MSA, please consider volunteering your time or making a donation by clicking the links below.

Thank you for your support and consideration, and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming events and social gatherings.