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
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.
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.
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.
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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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