Our Passion

Paso Robles Youth Arts Center is a public non-profit organization founded in 1998 by Donna Berg. We provide nearly 400 students ages 5–18 with over fifty weekly classes and serve over 700 students annually. As we grow, our waiting list gets longer and our financial needs grow as well. We need the community to see how important the Youth Arts has become and how necessary it is to help it continue being the unique facility it is. We rely on donations as well as private and public funding and are so grateful for your gifts of any size!

Donna's Vision

Donna Berg’s passion and desire has been to give children of the Paso Robles area the opportunity to participate in a variety of art programs at no cost. Donna has been the force behind designing, building, programming and expanding the project for the past fourteen years. Donna has retired from her work at PRYAC, but her inspiration lives on in the minds and hearts of its dedicated supporters.

“If you can give your child only one gift, let it be the arts. After working in Los Angeles for thirty plus years, I was looking for retirement on a ranch outside of Paso Robles. I was looking forward to a peaceful time with our animals away from the city. Then Mother Theresa died. I was so upset and cried for the children she left behind. My husband suggested I look into helping Paso Robles children, and so Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation was started. What I enjoy most about PRYAF is seeing the children’s faces after a performance or playing the piano/guitar or painting a beautiful picture. I am proud of our building, our teachers and staff and what they have accomplished.”

– Donna Berg, Founder