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Marking 10 Remarkable Years at Marin School of the Arts

Tell us what you think about this addition to the academic community in Novato.

The following was circulated by Marin School of the Arts ... Below it you may share your favorite MSA memories by adding a comment to this story.

Ten years ago, Mark Peabody had a vision of how the arts could thrive in a public school, and along with some dedicated parents, he went to work. He looked under a lot of rocks, knowing that he needed top-notch instructors, some money, and a place for it to live.

He found a home at Novato High and received an incredible grant. He also needed motivated students, with or without arts experience. Today at MSA, every student has access to the program, and our instructors are second to none.

As Mr. Peabody knew would happen, the students participating in the many art disciplines produce extraordinary test results and find outstanding scholarship opportunities. What he didn't expect was the special atmosphere and camaraderie that MSA has developed. MSA's unflappable office manager, Annie Hartje, calls it a mini Greenwich Village, but students know it simply as a safe place to explore and develop their art form. 

Your student is part of this special chemistry, as are 450 alumni who are doing exciting and interesting things.  To see what the alumni have to say about their MSA experience and find out where their arts have taken them, check out marinschoolofthearts.org/alumni. We are so proud of what the students, faculty, and alumni have accomplished over the last decade, and we want to be sure everyone knows about it!

In celebrating our growth and what is yet to come, MSA will be hosting a handful of special events this year that will include alumni and the entire community.  Please keep the schedule of events that arrived in your mailbox last week, and check the website for updates. Join in the celebration whenever and however you like.

Would you like to give credit to people who have made a difference in your life or your child's life at MSA? Add a comment below.

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sheri October 04, 2012 at 05:31 PM
It's the only reason that Novato High is NOT a terrible school. Great program.
Patty Maher October 04, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I think the MSA program is fabulous. My daughter has just started there this year, and I can't say enough great things about it. As for it being "the only reason that Novato High is NOT a terrible school," that's utterly ridiculous. My son is not in MSA and has also had an excellent experience at Novato High. The JROTC program is great. The teachers and staff, nearly to a person, are dedicated and engage both my kids regardless of the subject. You don't need to take away from the school as a whole to speak highly of specific programs.
Melissa Ayotte October 04, 2012 at 09:15 PM
My son started at MSA this year as a freshman and I can hardly contain how thrilled I am that this opportunity is available to him right here in Novato at a public school. I am also a Kindermusik and Piano teacher and I inform all my clients about this wonderful school. What an asset to Novato!!
Susan Stompe October 05, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Mark Peabody has done an incredible job of brining his vision to fruition. The whole MSA program is exemplary. We bcame familiar with MSA when our grandson was in it some 6+ years ago. We thoroughly enjoyed attending the band concerts. drama, dance and art shows. Novato may even someday have a proper venue for them to display their skills!

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