Our Expansion Project

Paso Robles Youth Arts Center is Expanding

The future of Youth Arts in San Luis Obispo County looks bright at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Center (Youth Arts)! In 2018, the Youth Arts acquired the property adjacent to the current 10,000 sq. ft. Center with the goal of serving even more local youth with arts enrichment. The cutting-edge new wing will add another 7000 sq. ft., making the Paso Robles Youth Arts Center one of the largest, community-supported, free arts campuses in the State.

Soon after the property was acquired, a Steering Committee of dedicated volunteers came together to help lead the project to success. The lot was cleared by generous volunteers and the planning began. The design team at Gabriel Architects worked closely with the Youth Arts’ team to create a functional, artistic, conceptual design that speaks to young artists and performers and invites the community’s participation. Honorary Capital Campaign Chairs, Tom and Kathleen Maas brought their passion for helping youth to the forefront with their commitment to the project, and a generous leadership gift that paid off the property and allowed the Youth Arts Team to dream big!

Almost every space in the new building will have a purpose. The expanded Youth Arts Center will include an Art Gallery to display guest artists’ and students’ work. New classes such as ceramics are coming to the high-tech Art Room, named after beloved, Youth Arts Instructor, Danielle Valenzuela, who believed in the power of the arts to change young lives. Spaces are being created for Graphic Design, Video, Editing, Culinary Arts, Prop Building, Costuming, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) classes that will offer students new pathways to many careers. An expanded Music Program and classroom with space for a larger collection of musical instruments and a recording studio for songwriters is slated for the second floor. Rehearsal spaces for individual musicians and groups are also in the plans. Two, beautiful dance studios with hardwood floors and plenty of mirrors, student services offices and much more is coming soon.

Please consider a generous gift toward the future of Youth Arts in San Luis Obispo County and help the Paso Robles Youth Arts Center serve more deserving youth (5-18 years) with these new creative spaces.  We invite you to get involved and learn more contact, Emily Jagger, Development Director & Interim Executive Director | 805-238-5825