Partnering with Sterling Bank and Trust

We're proud to partner with Sterling Bank and Trust to bring high-quality arts education to Bay Area youth this school year. With their support, Young Audiences of Northern California is able to provide artist residencies, workshops and assembly performances to schools with a goal of reaching students with little to no access to the arts and arts-integrated learning. 

We asked Erick Kostuchek, Director of Retail Banking, Northern California, a few questions to explain the importance of arts education and Sterling Bank and Trust's commitment to supporting our community:

Young Audiences (YA): Sterling Bank and Trust is known for their overall support in the communities that they serve. What is their guiding force behind this community commitment?

Erick Kostuchek (EK): As a community bank, we are passionate about being of service in the communities we serve. We take personal interest in the economic vitality and challenges where we live and work. Caring about our neighbors is part of our dedicated mission to serve.

YA: How does supporting arts education in the community contribute to Sterling Bank and Trust's commitment?

EK: We believe strongly in our youth as the future leaders of our communities and ultimately our beautiful country. Art brings out creativity in our youth, enables kids to appreciate different perspectives of expression through art and is a way for kids to personally express what they love and believe in.

YA: How does creativity and innovation play a role at Sterling Bank and Trust?

EK: We continue to attempt to enhance our creativity through our marketing efforts and messaging. When it comes to innovation, we are currently looking into a new core system/operating platform designed for the future, not just for the here and now.

Young Audiences of Northern California's Arts Access for All program is designed to bring arts experiences to all Bay Area children, especially during these challenging and unprecedented times. The 2020-21 school year Arts Access for All initiative: Provide underserved students with engaging, equitable access and exposure to the visual and performing arts; support students’ social and emotional need for self-expression within social movements while also coping with the challenges of living during a pandemic; Assist classroom teachers by offering opportunities to develop their skills for engaging students virtually.

To learn more about how a school within your community can participate in this program, or to support this program, please contact Development Manager Marika Garcia at