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Clifton Swanson PAC Community Access Fund


Clif Swanson with representatives from the 2016-17 grant recipients. L to R: SLO Youth Symphony, Orchestra Novo, Coastal Dance and Music Academy, Vocal Arts Ensemble, Festival Mozaic, Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, SLO Symphony, OperaSLO, Master Chorale, OperaSLO

Since arriving in San Luis Obispo as a Cal Poly music professor in 1967, Clifton Swanson has been a dynamic presence in our community arts scene. He founded the SLO Mozart Festival (now Festival Mozaic) and was the conductor of the SLO Symphony for 13 years. He was also an original member of the planning committee that led to the building of the PAC.

As a longtime Foundation Board Member and past President, Clif’s passion for our local artists has never wavered. In spring of 2016, the Foundation realized a long-term goal to give additional support to our local community nonprofits that perform in Harman Hall by establishing a grants program. To honor Clif’s outstanding commitment to our community performing arts, the Foundation named this grants program the Clifton Swanson PAC Community Access Fund.

For 2016-17, nine of our cherished arts groups were granted a total of $27,300, to subsidize their direct PAC costs. More than 50 Foundation members have given to the fund, and we recently received an additional grant from the Hind Foundation to further support these extraordinary artists.

The application period for the 2017-18 Swanson Fund grant is now open! Click here to download the application.

Important dates to know:
3 pm February 22, 2017 – Grant workshop specific to the Swanson Fund held in the Founders Room at the PAC. All applicants should plan to have a representative attend this informative workshop.
5 pm April 3, 2017 – Applications due to the Foundation offices
After May 1, 2017 – Awards announced by email

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 info@fpacslo.org