Foundation for the Performing Arts Center San Luis ObispoFoundation for the Performing Art Center – San Luis Obispo | To elevate the ARTS in our Community
  • Heart of the Arts Gala


    Sidecar Loading Dock Party


    Held on Saturday, September 7, 2019, the event included an elegant dinner, live auction and vibrant after party.

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  • 4th Annual Swanson Fund Brunch

    The annual brunch honored Lorilee Silvaggio, founder of the Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo and was held on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at the PAC Pavilion. The event featured a look back at Lorilee’s exceptional career and her enduring legacy. As tribute, dance and storytelling was presented by many of SLO’s most gifted performers.

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  • Harold Miossi Hall

    The Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust has awarded the Foundation a $1.5 million grant–the largest cash gift ever received in Foundation history. In honor of this gift, the Foundation has renamed Sidney Harman Hall to Harold Miossi Hall

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  • It’s YOUR PAC

    Together, our members, with our partners, the City of San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly, provide more than half of the Center’s $3 million budget; the balance is generated through technical and rental fees paid by presenters. These contributions keep the hall accessible and affordable for all of us.

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  • Introduce 12,000 kids to the magic of live arts

    “The fact that our students have access—that they would be asked to be engaged in this kind of cultural activity—is incredibly important for their learning experience.”

    Kristin Marsalek, Teacher, St. Patrick’s School

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  • Fulfill the dreams of local artists

    “Festival Mozaic presented a blockbuster concert at the PAC because of the support of FPAC. After an absence of several years from the PAC, the Festival Orchestra was able to return to its rightful place on that hallowed stage.”

    Bettina Swigger, Executive Director of Festival Mozaic

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  • Close up of Spheres sculpture on PAC plaza


    Unveiled January 14, 2014, Spheres was a generous gift by the Kohlen Family through the Foundation.

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Ready to Get Involved with the PAC?

Whether you’re an active member of a ballet company, a patron of the theater or just an occasional audience member, as part of the community the performing arts center belongs to each of us.


Want to perform at the PAC? Learn how we help provide access to a world-class venue for local performing arts groups.

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Last year over 120,000 audience members enjoyed our world-class performing arts center. 10,000 of those audience members were elementary school students who attended a free matinee performance. 

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Learn how to support the PAC and give the local community an opportunity to both perform at and attend performances.

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Thank you for your support in 2017-18!
10,000 studentsfrom 80 local schools
100% FREEadmission for School
Matinee Performances
$30,000 in grantsfor SLO County arts groups

Become a Member and Support the PAC

Our Performing Arts Center is an incredible community resource. Your ongoing support and participation is absolutely essential in providing an extraordinary level of access to the performing arts for the entire community.

  • Individual Giving

    Your support will help keep our local artists in the hall, promote arts education, and keep the PAC state-of-the-art. Learn how easy it is to set up automatic monthly giving.

  • Business Partnerships

    Discover how we can work with you to create a customized program to bring positive brand exposure to the right audience.

  • Planned Giving

    Planned gifts can provide you or your family with significant tax benefits while ensuring future generations have the opportunity to enjoy the performing arts center.

  • Endowment Fund

    Donors who make a contribution to the Endowment Fund with a single gift, a multi-year pledge or by making a planned gift, help ensure the long-term stability and success of the Performing Arts Center.

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.

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Foundation for the Performing Arts Center
P.O. Box 1137
San Luis Obispo, California 93406
P: (805) 541–5401