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.
Highlights
Synergy: Art and Science Intersect in San Luis Obispo
A new exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art features work by a mathmatically inspired ceramicist and an artist whose multi-disciplinary work is informed by her psychology background.
Co-Opera: Opera San Luis Obispo Finds Its Survival Strategy
In an era when performing arts powerhouses are closing their doors, community-wide collaborations are essential to ensuring the future of the art form.
San Luis Obispo's Micro-Libraries and Art-Object Books
Artists and librarians in San Luis Obispo experiment with traditional methods of reading, lending, and publishing of books.
SLO Pano: Brian Lawler's Wide-Angled Landscapes
SLO Pano: Brian Lawler's Wide-Angled Landscapes
Brian Lawler's appreciation for unsullied landscapes is at the heart of his exhibition "SLO Pano," which runs Feb. 14 through March 30 at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.
San Luis Obispo's Micro-Libraries and Art-Object Books
San Luis Obispo's Micro-Libraries and Art-Object Books
Artists and librarians in San Luis Obispo experiment with traditional methods of reading, lending, and publishing of books.
Exploring Arab Music on the Central Coast
Exploring Arab Music on the Central Coast
Two Central Coast performance groups -- Cal Poly's Arab Music Ensemble and UC Santa Barbara's Middle East Ensemble -- serve as cultural ambassadors to the community.
The Palm Theatre and the Man Behind the Reel
The Palm Theatre and the Man Behind the Reel
Jim Dee embarked on a journey to change the landscape of cinema on the Central Coast forever, where an eclectic mix of independent, foreign, and documentary film collide.
San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival Celebrates 30 Soulful Years
San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival Celebrates 30 Soulful Years
In November, the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival celebrates 30 years of wise words, compelling speakers and loyal listeners.
Crossing 'Thresholds': Contemporary Art on the Central Coast
Crossing 'Thresholds': Contemporary Art on the Central Coast
This month, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art opens its doors to four young dynamic artists determined to foster a dialogue about contemporary art on the Central Coast.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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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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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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