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.
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.
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.
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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

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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

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Visual Arts

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


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