SAN LUIS OBISPO, September 13, 2019

9-year-old, Erik Biven Moss, receives the 2019 Performing Arts Wish at the Foundation’s Sidecar Loading Dock Party

The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center announced that Erik Biven, a local student and natural performer, is the recipient of the 2019 Performing Arts Wish.

The 2017 and 2018 Wish Grantees, Francisco “Kiko” Chicas Aleman and Cooper Hawes, joined Erik as he was officially announced as the 2019 Wish Grantee. Adam Montiel, Coast 104.5, and Leann Standish, Executive Director of the Foundation, proudly awarded Erik with one year of lessons at Costal Dance Music Academy during the Sidecar Loading Dock Party on September 7th.


“We all fell in love with young Erik and his family and can’t wait to see how the arts contribute to his growth,” said Leann Standish, “Erik’s Mom Amy blew us away with her determination as a parent.”

Erik Biven is a kind 9-year-old boy who has been enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County for two years. Erik’s mother wanted him to have a Big
Brother because, while he is loyal, sweet and has a huge heart, he struggles with severe delayed receptive and expressive speech compounded by equally severe ADHD.

Throughout his challenges, you will rarely see Erik without a smile on his face and a song in his heart. Erik looks for every opportunity to jump on stage and, without hesitation or embarrassment, belt out a song. Erik is a performer at heart but, due to his learning delays and financial struggles, has been unable to participate in any formal performing arts programs.

“This means so much for Erik, he was completely thrilled and can’t wait to begin his lesson” said his Mom, Amy Valdez. “We are truly honored to receive this gift.”

The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center is proud to provide Erik with not only multiple opportunities for dance lessons for one year at CDMA but also support for transportation, dance clothes and more to encourage him to pursue the performing arts as a creative outlet.