The Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust donated $1.5 million to Cal Poly's Foundation for the Performing Arts Center, the largest cash gift in the center's history, foundation officials announced May 16.
In honor of the donation, the foundation's board will rename Sidney Harman Hall, the main auditorium in the PAC, as the Harold Miossi Hall.
"Harold Miossi was passionate throughout his life about how important it is for all members of our community to have access to the arts, and this gift supports Mr. Miossi's vision," Howard Carroll, a trustee for the Miossi trust, said in a statement. "This gift is intended to support existing programs that are making the arts ever more accessible to young people."
According to a statement from Trudie Safreno, president for the foundation's board, the donation will support efforts like the School Matinee Program, which will allow 10,000 students from all over San Luis Obispo County see professional live-arts programming at the PAC this year. Carrol said trhe trust has supported the matinee program for several years and wanted to do more.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate Harold Miossi's legacy," Safreno said. "We're also grateful for Howard Carroll's recognition of the value of our programs."
The Miossi trust is behind artistic endeavors such as the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery at Cuesta College and the SLO Museum of Art's proposed $15 million building, which museum officials hope to break ground on in 2019.
The auditorium was originally named Sidney Harman Hall in honor of a donation of audio equipment when the PAC first opened in 1996. Representatives for the Harmans returned the naming rights to the foundation in 2014 so that other donors could be inspired to give large gifts to the PAC. In keeping with this tradition Carroll said the name Harold Miossi Hall will only remain for 15 years in order to give other donors the chance to step forward and support the arts.
"We hope this gift inspires others to consider their own legacy gifts in ways that will help guarantee the future of a program that they hold dear," Carroll said. Δ