Our mission is to enrich the lives of area youth with FREE classes in the visual and performing arts in a safe, nurturing environment.
PRYAF is a public nonprofit organization and was founded in 2001 by Donna Berg. We provide over 300 students ages 5–18 with over fifty weekly classes and serve over 1,200 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 PRYAF has become and how necessary it is to help it continue being the unique facility it is. We do not receive any government funding and rely entirely on donations, community gifts and private or public funding. We thank you very much for your time and support!
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 PRYAF, 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. I feel that this Foundation helps keep children off drugs and out of gangs.”
— Donna Berg, Founder