School Matinees - Foundation for the Performing Art Center - San Luis ObispoFoundation for the Performing Art Center – San Luis Obispo | To elevate the ARTS in our Community
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School Matinee Program

Every year the PAC hosts thousands of local students for professional, educational and extremely fun live-arts performances through the School Matinee Program. Starting in 2014 and thanks in large part to the Foundation’s generous members and the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust, nearly 6,000 students attended an SMP performance for free. Every year since, the program has expanded to accommodate the growing needs of the San Luis Obispo K-12 community.

The 2017-18 season will see 10,000 students from 80 schools attending one of twelve performances at the PAC. 100% of admission costs are covered for all students, teachers and chaperones who attend.

An elementary school teacher from Carissa Plains who took her class to a School Matinee Performance recently wrote to us that:

“Our students live an hour from the nearest town, and very few have opportunities to experience any cultural activities. These matinee performances are so beneficial to them and give them an opportunity to experience learning and life outside of the classroom and their own homes.”

Did you know? 85% of a school district’s funding are used on salaries and benefits for teachers leaving little room for investments in arts education programs (see breakdown here). With the likelihood of more budget cuts largely affecting public schools, teachers are going to struggle to supplement their student’s curriculum with a quality arts education and will need programs like the School Matinee Program more than ever.

Recent studies show that students with access to the arts perform better on standardized testing, have higher attendance rates, and are more likely to attend and graduate from university. A study by Johns Hopkins University in 2009 entitled “Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts, and the Brain” found significant correlation between arts education and improvements in a child’s cognition, attention, and learning. The data is in: the arts matter.

If you are a teacher and would like your class to participate in our School Matinee Program, please click here.

School Matinee Program Presented By:

Additional Sponsors
Central Coast Funds for Children
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo
Hind Foundation
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Trust Automation, Inc.

If you would like more information on how you can support this program, please call Erika Neel at (805) 541-5401 or email us at