The Foundation: Our History and Partnership
Since its founding in 1986, the partnership comprised of the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly and the City of San Luis Obispo have been resolute in their efforts to make performing arts in San Luis Obispo County thrive. From 1986-1996, the Foundation and our partners were the persistent, driving force behind the realization of an outstanding performing arts venue in San Luis Obispo County.
Generous community members, through the Foundation, contributed $12.5 million of the $30 million needed to complete the building, which began hosting events in 1996. The completion of the Performing Arts Center provided an excellent venue that has enabled our community groups to grow and mature in sophistication and capability, now routinely executing world-class events. The exhilaration of performing in Harman Hall is an unforgettable experience for community arts group members: From setting, to acoustics to sound design the hall is a performance venue that even our most seasoned performers and audience members find truly exceptional. The partnership that formed to create the building and maintain it since 1996 is still effective today. The Foundation, the City and Cal Poly continue to keep the hall as affordable and accessible as possible for our community groups and audience members and keep the facility in like-new condition continually.
The Foundation also provides funds for capital improvements, keeping the hall state-of-the-art, as noted by many touring groups. In addition, by underwriting the School Matinee Performances, the Foundation provides direct access to the live arts for thousands of students in our community.
Pictured from Left, front to rear:
Ron Regier, Managing Director PAC; Harry Sharp, Dean Liberal Arts, Cal Poly; Rich Equinoa,Cal Poly;
Dave Romero, City of SLO; Al Amaral, Cal Poly Foundation/Corporation; Frank Lebens, Cal Poly Vice Provost;
Dennis Kish, Foundation Peggy Peterson, Foundation; Lyn Baker, Foundation; Bob Kitamura, Cal Poly Facilities;
John Dunn, City of SLO; Glenn Irwin, Cal Poly Associate VP; Warren Sinsheimer, Foundation;
Allen Settle, City of SLO; Don Shamansky, Cal Poly