The Showcase Arts Foundation Inc. (SAFI)

Established in the summer of 2008, the Showcase Arts Foundation, Inc (SAFI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Dunedin, Florida and Asbury Park, New Jersey, which aims to bring awareness and appreciation of the arts to the community by promoting and facilitating cultural arts education and activities through creative performances, classes, competitions and events.

Over the years, SAFI, has instituted several performance divisions and has created a plethora of performances including producing original plays, traditional theater, concerts, show choir events, open mic nights for musicians, comedians and poets and our troupes have performed up and down the East Coast. Our Artistic Director has produced two of her original full-length plays that were accepted into the Tampa Bay Theater Festival utilizing SAFI troupe members for all aspects of performance and production. SAFI members and acting students were also privileged to be involved in the touring production of the musical comedy, “War Virgin,” which toured the East Coast to rave reviews.

MC² – Our community outreach program

MC² is a living memorial started by the Michelini family in order to remember Marielle Casimira Cecilia and all the life affirming work she did within her community at Jersey shore.  The MC² mission is to gather energy and resources to fund powerful performing arts experiences so that young people may discover the magnitude of their own personal potential.

Marielle Casimira Cecilia was an avid fan of the performing arts and a longtime student and volunteer in various Jersey Shore communities. She attended Wall Elementary School where she was Editor of the Student Newspaper, “Off the Wall”.  She was First Violist in the School Orchestra and also performed with the Garden State Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.   Marielle starred as Annie in Annie Get Your Gun at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan, NJ, Performing Arts Academy as well as multiple supporting roles in various productions and intern positions at AAT.  Marielle enjoyed performing with her friends in multiple school productions under the loving direction of Mr. Steve Bryant (Manasquan Music & Dance Academy) while at Wall Intermediate.  She was accepted into Communications High School Career Academy with the intention to study advanced writing and journalism.  Marielle was lead vocalist in the band “First Class” with student rockers at the Kelley School of Music and alongside her brother Alex.  She wrote and performed original contemporary music.  Enjoying the responsibilities of  a young benefactress, Marielle also raised funds and awareness for various local charities including the Monmouth County Food Bank.

According to her family, “Marielle was passionate about expressing herself through performance.  She loved spending time surrounded by her artistic mentors who shared her passion for the performing arts and her talented friends.  Her happiest moments were spent in rehearsal and on the stage.  These experiences enriched her life, and we are pleased that this fund will allow others the same kinds of experiences.”  MC² Funding the Arts was created in Marielle’s memory to benefit students interested in participating in the Performing Art to enrich their lives and their community.

For more information regarding this fund, contact GinaMarie Michelini

We will be creating fundraisers, both in New Jersey and Florida, and collecting charitable donations, in an effort to help young people realize their artistic dreams and to educate them on the power of the arts, especially those young people at risk or in need.