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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 Harold Miossi 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.

Over $50,000 has been awarded to local arts groups over the past two seasons, funding that subsidizes the direct costs of performing at the PAC. In addition to contributions made by Foundation members, the Swanson Fund recently received a grant from the Henry W. Bull Foundation to further support SLO County’s extraordinary artists this season.

The application period for the 2018-19 Swanson Fund grant is now open! Click here to download the application.

Important dates to know:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018—3 PM: Swanson Fund Application Information Session held in the Founder’s Room at the PAC. We recommend that all applicants plan to have a representative at this grant workshop.

Monday, April 2, 2018—5:00 PM: Application Due Date

Early May 2018: Awards Announced

For more information on the application process or to find out how you can support this program, please contact Erika Neel at (805) 541-5401 ext. 1301 or email erika@fpacslo.org.