The Community Foundation
San Luis Obispo County

To Help Support Film, Stage, Voice, and Painting


Art Inspires

Art Inspires!
Art Inspires

For each individual, art has a different meaning - for one person, it inspires creativity; for another, art may inspire a feeling of understanding and tolerance; and yet for another, it may inspire a sense of community. Whether you are creating, viewing or listening, art is a truly individual and personal experience. While art is personal, it is often experienced in a communal setting such as a theatre, gallery or, in the case of public art, in the public areas of a city. The wonderful thing about art is how it can engage, evoke, and empower. Art lives on beyond the limits of time, to carry forward our story, our fears, our joys, our images.

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County ensures this longevity by offering donors multiple opportunities to support the vibrant arts organizations in our community through charitable giving. Our Art Inspires! Endowment Fund was established by a gift from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to ensure that community arts programs will continue to inspire local residents creatively, spiritually and communally. This is the perfect fund for donors who wish to support art grants that are responsive and flexible to the needs of local arts organizations. The Art Inspires! Fund accepts gifts in any amount, and all gifts are endowed to benefit the arts forever. Grants are awarded annually from the fund to build capacity in organizations engaged in the arts.

2013 Grant Roster

Art Inspires Initiative - Capacity Building Grant Recipients 

  • Canzona Women’s Ensemble$3,450 - Build and develop a website for the organization and maintenance for one year.
  • Central Coast Children’s Choir$3,500 - Website re-design including enhanced communications with parents and the community, content management, and the ability to receive donations online.
  • Festival Mozaic$3,000 - The development of integrated technology and an online media plan to reach a wider audience and increase ticket sales.
  • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art$1,250 - Visual Thinking Strategies Pilot Project – Includes staff training and on-line resources subscription to strengthen the museum’s educational and outreach programs.
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra$2,250 - The implementation of a Board Retreat for strategic planning and website re-design.
  • San Luis Obispo Symphony$3,000 - Matching funds for event software integration with the donor database system.

Holser Fund for the Performing Arts Education, established by Clifford B. Holser, supports education in the performing arts for young people in grades 3 to 12 who live in San Luis Obispo County.

  • Cal Poly Arts - $3,750 - Poly Arts for Youth - Outreach to grades 3-8 to provide performing arts education and experiences in the classroom using professional guest artists/programs.
  • Child Development Resource Center - $2,500 - SmART Studio - In-school puppet-making using found materials culminating in performances by youth in 25 3-6 grade classrooms.
  • Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet - $3,000 - En Pointe - Scholarships and equipment for 25 youth to participate in one-week intensive ballet training program.
  • Foundation for the Performing Arts - $2,500 - School Matinee Performances - Covers artist fees and technical fees toprovide 5,500 youth grades 3-8 the opportunity to experience a program at the Performing Arts Center.
  • Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation - $1,000 - to support performing arts education and materials for low-income youth.
  • SLO Vocal Arts Ensemble - $5,00017th Annual Spring School Choral Festival - Covers venue rental and technical fees.
  • SLO Little Theatre - $5,000 - Academy of Creative Theatre Scholarships - Provides need-based scholarships for approximately 50 students.
  • SLO Symphony - $5,000 - Everyday Etudes - To introduce this program at Dorothea Lange Elementary in Nipomo in grades 3-5.

For more information about Art Inspires!, contact Janice Fong Wolf at (805) 543-2323 or

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