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Dining With the Arts Gala raises money for youth arts programs 


Tickets on sale now for October event

–Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation 5th Annual Dining with the Arts Gala Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22.  The event includes a dinner catered by Chef Charlie, stunning student performances, and exciting live & silent auctions. Tickets are on sale now. To purchase, stop by the PRYAF office, call (805) 238-5825 or email  Tickets are also available for purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets:

This year’s masquerade-themed gala will be held in the Berg Auditorium located at 3201 Spring Street in Paso Robles. The event will feature artwork from PRYAF Visual Art Students as well as performances by PRYAF’s dance, music and theater students.  The evening includes wine and hors-d’oeuvres, dinner catered by Chef Charlie, dessert, student performances, and live and silent auction.  All proceeds will go toward supporting PRYAF’s mission to enrich the lives of area youth with free classes in the visual and performing arts in a safe, nurturing environment. Tickets for the Gala Fundraiser are $85/ea. or $640/table of 8 ($40 discount with table price). Wine is included at the table and wine & beer will be available for additional purchase.

“We have a very talented, experienced staff of administrators and instructors – many of whom are professional artists themselves — who provide instruction in a wide variety of classes in art, dance, voice, theater, music, and more,” says Mindy Dierks-Sisemore, PRYAF Executive Director. “We also have state-of-the-art instruments and equipment, and a fantastic facility that provides a safe and clean learning environment.  All of this is provided at absolutely no cost to the children, or their parents…We rely entirely on donations, public and private funding, and support from the community through events like this.”pryafimage002

PRYAF is celebrating its 15th year serving the local community and has provided free art instruction to thousands of students in the greater community.  When recent statewide budget cuts forced local schools to reduce or altogether eliminate their arts programs, PRYAF increased the number of classes they offered in order to help fill the void. “What’s amazing to me is that I still run into people on a regular basis who’ve lived in the area for a long time but have never heard of PRYAF before,” says Dierks-Sisemore. “They are just now learning about us and want to know how they can get involved and what they can do to help. Throughout the years, we’ve provided a great service to the community and in return the community has really embraced us and allowed us to be successful.  I’m really excited for what the next 15 years will bring!”

If you cannot attend the event, you can still show your support by sponsoring a child.  Please visit and click the ‘Donate’ button to make a credit card donation through PayPal’s trusted, secure website. $250.00 sponsors one child for an entire year.

For information regarding making a donation, volunteering, attending events, fund raisers, or classes, please contact the PRYAF office at (805) 238-5825 or visit



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