San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center receives grants

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Harman Hall at the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center.

Harman Hall at the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center.

PAC springs ahead to the 2016-2017 season

–The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center has awarded $27,300 in grants to nine community arts group that are scheduled to perform at the PAC during the 2016-17 season. Those receiving funds from the Clifton Swanson PAC Community Access Fund and the first annual Swanson grant are:

  • Central Coast Dance and Music Academy (CDMA)
  • Cuesta Master Chorale
  • Festival Mozaic
  • OperaSLO
  • Orchestra Novo
  • SLO Civic Ballet
  • SLO Symphony
  • Vocal Arts Ensemble
  • San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony.


Among other financial qualifications, applicants for the inaugural Swanson grant are required to have an already reserved date which is secure in 2017 for presenting at the PAC.

Interim Executive Director Justin McMillan facilitated the applicant review process, which took place in April. “The Foundation exists in part to support our talented local performance groups’ access to the PAC stage,” said McMillian. “We are pleased to be able to increase our support this year and in years to come through the Swanson fund, and hope this grant helps pave the way for more community performance groups to perform at Harman Hall than ever before. We are so grateful to our generous donors who made this grant possible, and our committee members who worked tirelessly to get this program established.”

This year’s grant-making program is made possible through the generous support of the foundation’s donors who came together to further its mission of keeping the PAC accessible and extending new support to community performance groups.

In addition to this new fund, all community arts groups performing at the PAC receive a 75-percent rental discount ($3,750) from the foundation and its partners, Cal Poly and the City of San Luis Obispo.

About the PAC

More than 26 community groups took the stage at the PAC last year, comprising over 100 shows. Established in 1986, the foundation provides and promotes an extraordinary center that is accessible for the performing arts while encouraging elevating mastery of the arts in the community. For more information on the Foundation’s mission, values, and programs, visit:, or call (805) 541-5401.

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