San Luis Obispo
Ever since Junipero Serra went up in search of Monterey Bay, San Luis Obispo has been a space in between - an area of rest, a thorough way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It is this distance from the main urban hubs that has afforded the area the capacity to retain, preserve and celebrate its agrarian Mexican and Spanish past and allowed its cities and towns to grow at a sustainable rate. This lifestyle, coupled with the emergence of a robust wine industry, has attracted a myriad of writers and artists that are exploring the cultural ethos of the area.
Going Nuclear: Artists and Activists Take On Diablo Canyon
The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is the focus of a new art exhibit pairing editorial cartoons with heavily redacted communications between government bodies that regulate it.
Ghosts of Taiwan: C. Hite Grapples With Her Past
C. Hite's new multi-disciplinary exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is largely informed by her childhood spent in the war-torn island nation of Taiwain.
New Play 'pool '63' Dives Into America's Civil Rights Struggle
The new play "pool '63" revisits a pivotal chapter in American civil rights history while drawing clear parallels between the nation's past and current conflicts.
The Unflinching Aperture of Arthur Tress
The Unflinching Aperture of Arthur Tress
A San Luis Obispo County resident for 20 years, Cambria-based photographer Arthur Tress is best known for the strikingly surreal works he created in the 1970s and '80s. But the glimpses of Bay Area life he captured during a stay in 1964 -- recently unearthed after decades in storage -- reveal a different side of the photographer.
Poetic Justice Project Finds Inspiration Behind Bars
Poetic Justice Project Finds Inspiration Behind Bars
The only theater company of its kind in California, The Poetic Justice Project offers formerly incarcerated actors a chance to share their stories on stage.
Star Wars X-wing Builder and Watercolor Superstar Lay Low in San Luis Obispo
Star Wars X-wing Builder and Watercolor Superstar Lay Low in San Luis Obispo
Pedro Arroyo and Catherine Trujillo continue their travels along the coastal route of the El Camino Real, discovering the rich and diverse cultural and artistic identity of San Luis Obispo County. For this installment, we meet sculptor David Settino Scott, painter Mark Bryan, and water colorist Tracy Taylor.
Exposed to the Elements: the Evolution of Plein Air Painting on the Central California Coast
Exposed to the Elements: the Evolution of Plein Air Painting on the Central California Coast
What makes California's Central Coast an irresistible destination for artists?
All Roads Lead to SLO
All Roads Lead to SLO
San Luis Obispo County is a landmark destination with a cultural heritage paved by the historic El Camino Real. Today the region is a stronghold of cultural entrepreneurialism with urban transplants and long-time residents working together to enhance the cultural identity and history of the county.
Julia Morgan: The Woman Behind the Hearst Castle
Julia Morgan: The Woman Behind the Hearst Castle
The Hearst Castle is famous, but for many people the architect remains nameless. Behind the scenes of this iconic mansion is Julia Morgan, California's first licensed female architect.
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Community Arts

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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