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, thousands of students participate in the School Matinee Program. K-12 students come from throughout the Central Coast to attend live performances at the Performing Arts Center. Presented by the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust, and sponsored by generous SLO County businesses, foundations and individuals, the School Matinee Program is offered at zero cost for every school, and all students attend matinees for free.

Last season, a record 12,000 students participated in the School Matinee Program. This 2019-20 season we are well on our way to serving 12,000 students. Students come from throughout San Luis Obispo County, from as far north as San Miguel, as far east as Carissa Plains, from the 5-cities region, and many students are now coming from the Lompoc and Santa Maria regions in northern Santa Barbara County. Every year, half of the students that participate are from low socioeconomic backgrounds and many are English Language Learning (ESL) students. Admission and transportation costs are 100% subsidized for every student.

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

Bank of the Sierra

California Arts Council

Community Foundation San Luis Obispo

Bert and Candace Forbes

George Hoag Family Foundation

Justin Vineyards & Winery

Lindamood Bell Learning Processes

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Trust Automation

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