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
Handmade: California's Contemporary Craftmakers
Contemporary craftmakers on the Central Coast infuse beauty into everyday objects, constantly expanding the definition of what is considered "craft."
Mark Abel: A Contemporary Voice in Classical Music
Former journalist Mark Abel moved to the Central Coast from Southern California to pursue his craft of creating rock-inflected classical music with a contemporary edge.
Stitching a Story: The Narrative Quilt Art of Denise Sheridan
Quilt artist Denise Sheridan's hand-sewn, hand-quilted works of art are part personal narrative, part sociopolitical statement.
Proof of Guilt: The Tragic Life and Public Death of Barbara Graham
Proof of Guilt: The Tragic Life and Public Death of Barbara Graham
In "Proof of Guilt: Barbara Graham and the Politics of Executing Women in America," Kathleen Cairns profiles the mid-century murder suspect whose case became a rallying cry for anti-death penalty activists.
The Re/Collecting Project: Filipino Love Stories
The Re/Collecting Project: Filipino Love Stories
The Re/Collecting Project aims to share the cultural history of the Filipino community emanating from different perspectives and nontraditional formats.
Nitt Witt Ridge: Cambria's Folk Art Hearst Castle
Nitt Witt Ridge: Cambria's Folk Art Hearst Castle
Arthur Harold Beal spent more than fifty years transforming his homestead into a wild, whimsical folk art environment unlike anything seen on the Central Coast before.
La Guitarra California Festival: A Classical Love Affair
La Guitarra California Festival: A Classical Love Affair
This September, classical guitar enthusiasts will gather in San Luis Obispo to celebrate the sound of fingers on nylon strings.
Shaping Contemporary Sculpture on the Central Coast
Shaping Contemporary Sculpture on the Central Coast
The California Sculpture Slam aims to showcase the work of contemporary artists from the Sierras to San Diego and raise the profile of San Luis Obispo County as a creative mecca.
The Dunites: Building a Utopia in the Oceano Dunes
The Dunites: Building a Utopia in the Oceano Dunes
The Dunites was a bohemian community in southern San Luis Obispo County populated by artists, hermits, mystics, and nature lovers.
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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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