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.
Finding the Metaphor: Al Schnupp Sets the Stage for Art
Finding the Metaphor: Al Schnupp Sets the Stage for Art
Al Schnupp's collection of assemblages and sculptures explores themes like fate, family, war and greed using a mixture of text, caricature, archetypal imagery, and miniature scenography.
On a Roll: Erin Inglish Spreads Her Musical Message By Bicycle
On a Roll: Erin Inglish Spreads Her Musical Message By Bicycle
San Luis Obispo singer-songwriter Erin Inglish will be traveling roughly 1,000 miles by bicycle from Humboldt County to San Diego in support of sustainability and her new album.
They've Got the World on a String
They've Got the World on a String
A community of local luthiers -- people who make and repair stringed instruments -- thrives along the Central Coast.
San Luis Obispo Church Celebrates Artists' Divine Spark
San Luis Obispo Church Celebrates Artists' Divine Spark
The Beacon Art Show, organized by the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church, will feature over 100 pieces by Central Coast artists.
Getting sm(ART) in San Luis Obispo
Getting sm(ART) in San Luis Obispo
Operating in its own little niche, the sm(ART) Studio was founded to blend art, crafting, and sustainability to support the therapeutic programs of a San Luis Obispo County nonprofit.
Love Among the Ruins: A Guide to Sex in the Ancient World
Love Among the Ruins: A Guide to Sex in the Ancient World
Morro Bay author Vicki León recreates the lives of ordinary -- and extraordinary -- people of the past in her literary works.
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Architecture/ Design

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

icon, Community Arts discipline

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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